Conservation is the protection and management of nature, the environment and natural resources. Sharing information with each other can help to improve and increase conservation efforts in our backyards and around the world. In the modern world, there are many things that you can do to help conserve our valuable environment.
- National Parks: National parks were established for conservation purposes; they are common in many countries around the world and are based on a central idea: “the conservation of wild nature for posterity and as a symbol of national pride.” National parks can help to stimulate tourism-based industries and provide jobs. In the United States, large budget cuts have caused late openings of parks, reduced staff and closing of campgrounds and visitor centers. By visiting and supporting national parks, we can continue to enjoy the beautiful national parks.
- Tread Lightly: The little things are important too—with all of the beautiful forest that surrounds us in Boulder, Colorado—being mindful while in the what I call “wilderness” (namely, everything from Chautauqua park to the deep canyons of Rocky Mountain National Park—basically anything where I can see animals and get dirty and not see any cars). Making sure to stay on trails and packing out what you packed in are very important for the continuing access to the open, wild space that so many of us appreciate and cherish. Making sure that others do the same is also very important—setting the example by picking up someone else’s litter can be a positive example to all.
- Adopt An Acre: Many foundations in the US offer programs where you can buy a portion of land to protect the “diverse habitats.” Foundations like the Nature Conservancy’s “Adopt an Acre” and Conservation International’s “Protect an Acre” are two options. For a small fee, “you protect an acre of forest for $25, you’ll help create a healthier, more prosperous, more productive planet, for you and for everyone.” To me, this seems like a very-hands-off way of supporting the cause, but the Nature Conservancy claims that since the program began in 1991, “the Conservancy has protected over 600,000 acres of vital landscapes around the world.”
- Reduce Use: Many of the resources we rely on today come from fragile ecosystems; “timber, pulp and paper’ are in high demand and come from many rapidly-decreasing forests. Reducing use of fossil fuels can help to reduce air pollution and the effects of greenhouse gases. In addition, conserving water and educating yourself about the products you consume can help to increase your awareness of the effects of consumer culture.
- Share With Others: Educating others about the importance of conservation and what they can do to help is vital to the continuation of protection efforts. Even small acts to help improve conservation works and the preservation of National Parks and other important environments can benefit everyone on a larger scale.
Conservation is important for the benefit of current and future generations to use and enjoy the wild, open spaces that are open to us today. I hope these tips and ideas are new and helpful!