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Every citizen of the world can make a difference in creating a world where species are no longer endangered by human actions.
Below we provide some tips that will have positive impacts on the environment.

  • Plant native flowers and trees in your backyard.

  • Walk, bike, and carpool. Support alternative transportation and drive less.

  • Buy a smaller or hybrid car but be aware of phony hybrids! Half of all hybrids vehicles currently found in the market are no more fuel efficient that their non-hybrid versions (source: Union of Concerned Scientists).

  • Save trees and reduce pollution by reducing your junk mail. Use both side of paper with 100% post-consumer waste content. Send all your correspondences or donations to Endangered Species International via email and the internet to avoid unnecessary paper consumption. Sign junk mail campaign (www.forestethics.org)

  • Recycle all computer diskettes, CD discs, videos and batteries. Instead of using regular batteries, shift to less hazardous, rechargeable Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries.

  • Don't buy plastic bottled water if you know your tap water is safe; better to use a filter if water is unsafe. Transporting water from its source to the supermarket shelves is an expensive waste of resources.

  • Do not buy new items made from gold. Gold mining is one of the most damaging industry to the environment by destroying rainforest, polluting rivers with cyanide and mercury, and in some cases displacing indigenous people.

  • Recycle your aluminum, glass, and plastic products, as well as newspapers and mixed paper.

  • Make a contribution to save the planet by supporting local, national, and international environmental non-profits! Please join Endangered Species International.

  • Take conservation actions in your own community.

  • Choose an energy-efficient home and appliances. Switch to alternative electricity if available in your community. Alternative electricity comes from less-polluting sources like wind, water, solar, biomass, geothermal, and natural gas.

  • Don't use pesticides. Most pesticides create some risk of harm to humans, animals, or the environment.

  • Buy locally grown and produced food. Buy organic food when available. Eat seasonal products. Eat lower on the food chain (e.g. reduce the consumption of meat and fish) including meat. The livestock sector is responsible for 18 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Learn more and always share with others.

  • Do not buy products including food (e.g., sea turtle soup and tiger meat) that come from endangered species.

  • Do not buy products made of palm oil! Palm oil plantations are replacing large areas of rainforest in many countries including Malaysia and Indonesia. Further, palm oil may increase the risk of cardiovascular desease due to the high concentration of statured fats.

  • Use alternatives to traditional medicine that use extracts of tigers, bears, sharks and rhinos.

  • Avoid using plastic bags when shopping. 46,000 is the current number of floating plastic per square mile or 2.6 square km of ocean!

  • If you see live endangered species on sales as pets, immediately inform relevant authorities.

  • When swimming in coral reef areas, use only eco-friendly sunscreens or just protect your skin with underwater clothes. Four commonly found sunscreen ingredients (butyl paraben, octyl methoxy cinnamate, benzophenone-3, and methyl benzylidene camphor) are known to kill coral species. Up to 6,000 metric tons of sunscreen wash off swimmers annually in oceans worldwide, threatening corals via bleaching.

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