Measures to preserve biodiversity are not necessarily huge steps that must be enacted by governments or consumer protection agencies. Everyone, at least in our society, can take small steps toward a more green-friendly, sustainable lifestyle.
Even city dwellers can take small measures to preserve biodiversity. Things like using a ceiling fan rather than an air-conditioner, or using compact fluorescent bulbs instead of incandescent ones can save energy and generate less waste heat. Homeowners can insulate their houses more effectively, and utilize natural light to cut power usage. Water can be conserved by taking shorter showers, using low-flow toilets, and not letting water run unattended.
Even thinking about what you want to take out of the refrigerator before you open the door saves energy, since standing there with the door open while deciding what you want forces the appliance to work that much harder. Running an air conditioner at a few degrees higher than you are used to will have the same effect. Using a timer on an air conditioner will also lower the amount of energy used. If your older air conditioner is still working well but does not have a timer, you can buy one at your local hardware store. If you are in the market for a new one, be sure to read the energy efficiency labels and get one that is the right size for the area you want to cool.
Not only will these measures conserve resources and lower our monthly costs, they will help our utility services better serve us by reducing or preventing the occurrences of blackouts and brownouts caused by massive overloads to the power grids.
Measures to preserve biodiversity don’t just include conserving power and water. Instead of driving four or five blocks to the convenience store for that quart of milk, walk or bicycle there. When you do go shopping, bring your own bags. These days there are many varieties of reusable shopping bags, from the expandable string bags our grandmas used to the fashionable and pretty printed bags made of 100% post-consumer recycled products that many major supermarkets offer for sale. Priced between $1 and $2, they pay for themselves many times over, and two or three of them will hold an entire week’s shopping for a two family household.
While in the supermarket, check out some of measures to preserve biodiversity that businesses are taking. Take notice of the new green-friendly cleaners and the news ways of packaging old, familiar products. They are designed to be biodegradable or recyclable, and leave little imprint in the form of trash.
Progress and biodiversity can, and must, coexist in balance. Taking measures to preserve biodiversity does not have to mean destroying the lifestyle we are accustomed to. In fact, it means making wiser choices to maintain that lifestyle.