2. LEAVE a SMALLER FOOTPRINT
"When every creature is gone the world will not be worth living in"
We desperately need to live in such a way that our presence on the earth leaves a lighter impression.
The Way We Live Our LiVes Needs to Change!
EarthShare advocates these principles of Wildlife Friendly Living:
Harmony Not Money (as the value)
Clean up the Earth
Litter / Plastic Responsible
Non-Harming / Cruelty Free
Increase Natural Habitat
Boost Benefits of Nature
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for ideas about what you can do
fall in love with wildlife
SAY NO TO PLASTIC BAGS
Instead bring your own!
A cloth one is good as it is lightweight, can be washed and lasts a long time.
BOTTLE YOUR OWN WATER
Buy your own non-plastic water containers, choose your design, remember to take it with you!
REQUEST PLASTIC-FREE PACKAGING
Choose loose veg, buy from bulk food outlets, refuse polystyrene packed take-aways, use your own containers where possible.
SKIP PLASTIC STRAWS
Refuse taking one in a take-away, festival, bar or cafe. Instead do without or bring your own!
AVOID PLASTIC CUTLERY
Do not pick it up! Instead bring your own washable re-usable set when out and about.
People invented plastic and are millions of products from it, but they did not think ahead about it's disposal and how it is creating environmental / wildlife catastrophes.
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Tell customers more about you. Add a few words and a stunning pic to grab their attention and get them to click.
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Buy products which will last. Think when buying what will happen to it when it breaks or is no longer needed.
Consider a life of greater simplicity.
De-clutter and stop accumulating.
Grow your own vegetables.
Live economically, saving energy
Create a wildlife-friendly garden.
PICK UP LITTER
Think of a personalised motto which will motivate you for the sake of wildlife such as:
"If I don't pick this up it could end up fed to an Albatross"
"If I don't pick this up it could drown a Bumble Bee"
"If I don't pick this up it could strangle a Seal."
Carry a spare bag with you to put the litter in. Recycle what you can.
Dispose of the rest responsibly.
Remember that the small pieces can also be lethal. Pick up at least 5 pieces a day.
Join a Litter Pick! (also a good way to meet like-minded people and enjoy working together).
Teach children by example, explain why.
The short time it takes you to collect some litter could save untold suffering and is helping to keep our earth, land, sea, mountains beautiful!
DON'T BE TEMPTED TO DROP LITTER!
When people drop litter they are clearly not thinking as to what will become of it. The mentality can only be one of:
'out of sight, out of mind'
'someone else can clear up after me' or
'the earth is my rubbish bin'
And yet that litter frequently does untold harm, even each traps to wildlife, such as:
the empty can attracts insects who are attracted by the smell of whatever was in it. They slither in and drown in the dregs of the drink and more follow
an empty crisp packet fills up with rainwater. Then a bumble bee flies into it or beetles crawl into it, attracted by the smell, gets trapped and drowns
cigarette ends are toxic to wildlife especially if they end up in water.
do keep HOLD OF THE TORN OFF BITs from snack food
AND SECURE RUBBISH&
RECYCLING BINS before the wind whips
AND NEVER LET GO OF BALLOONS OR LANTERNS
MAKE WINDOWS VISIBLE TO BIRDS
Use stickers or hangings to make windows visible to birds.
Try not to park too close to the building as this can make the hazard less visible and harder for a fast flying bird calculate for.
Pay especial attention to any windows which have claimed casualties or lives.
DRIVE WITH VIGILANCE
Drive alert to the risk of wildlife, even more so at dusk and dawn.
Brake and slow down to avoid collision if it is safe to do so.
Holding a steady speed slow speed also can allow a bird or animal to gauge better how
to avoid you.
Notice if it is just one bird/animal or if there are more. Allow a whole group to cross the road if your slowing is not going to cause an accident.