One fun and easy thing you can do in your own back yard (or front yard) is to replace the lawn with native plants. Native plants also have the advantage of requiring less pesticides and maintenance than non-native plants. It may be tough to track down plants that are native to your area, but it is well worth the trouble. My parents got a shrub with silvery leaves that have the texture of lamb’s ear for our front yard, and it is definitely one of the best plants we have ever had. It requires absolutely no trimming or maintenance, and gets all the water it needs from the rain.
There are many things that you can do to help support biodiversity. One of the most important is to eliminate the numerous toxic chemicals that we have introduced into ecosystems around the world, which are responsible for killing countless animals. You can do this by avoiding pesticides in your garden or lawn, as well as by buying produce that is grown without the use of pesticides. While pesticides may seem like a great way to get rid of unwanted bugs and weeds from your garden, they unfortunately have a much greater effect than that. Chemical cleaning products can have a similarly detrimental effect when they enter the environment, so they should also be avoided.
Another important way to support biodiversity is to reduce habitat destructon caused by mining, logging and drilling for oil, as well as by irresponsible waste management. To this end, you should reduce your consumption of energy and raw materials, so that less mining, logging and drilling are required, and reuse as much as possible, so that less stuff ends up in landfills or as litter.
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