September is Biodiversity Month in Australia
Australia wants us to remember the importance of protecting, conserving and improving biodiversity all around the world. Why does this important for health? Biodiversity is the web of life - the interconnectedness of living things - the plants and animals and ecosystems we depend upon for our survival and well being. From medicinal plants to industrial products, to basics of survival like water, we are part of a larger ecosystem and preserving biodiversity enhances our quality of life. Here are some positive actions we can do to protect biodiversity in our local world:
- Create a natural habitat in your own backyard, balcony or patio with wild, native plants that provide sanctuary, shelter and food for birds and wildlife.
- Reduce what you consume, reuse what you can, recycle the rest
- Pick up after your pet and never release an animal of any kind into the wild
- Compost organic matter like vegetables
- Avoid eating threatened seafood species like swordfish, Chilean sea bass, sockeye salmon
- The Australian Government has initiated a program called The Green Voucher. Participating schools can receive up to $50,000 to install solar water systems and a rainwater tank.
- Learn about and practice sustainable firewood practices for heating.