According to current science, the Earth is the only planet in our solar system that harbors life. Sadly, humans aren’t exactly doing the best job of protecting our planet’s sustainability. According to the United Nations, about 150-200 species of plants and animals go extinct every 24 hours—about 1,000 times faster than the natural rate of extinction.
While this figure is certainly alarming, there are many ways that you can help protect the planet’s fauna and fora. Below are a few simple but meaningful things you can do:
Buy Sustainable Seafood
Fish is one of the most popular seafood in the country. However, not all fish are sourced the same way. Some fishing companies catch them by the net-full without regard for the fish’s ability to repopulate. The next time you shop for fish, buy only those that have been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as sourced from sustainable fisheries.
Choose Your Souvenirs Carefully
When you travel abroad, you might be tempted to buy exotic souvenirs. If these items happen to be animals or animal parts, however, steer clear of them. Supporting these products encourages animal poachers to keep hunting animals to make souvenirs out of their parts.
Support Non-profit Organizations
Organizations like the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) strive to protect the world’s animals from extinction. As non-profit group, however, they need your support so they can keep doing their work. Fortunately, eBay Giving Works program allows you to buy specially marked items whose proceeds will be donated to the WWF.