Teresa Wolande’s thoughts on Wildlife Preservation and what we can do to help

There are several critically endangered specials of animals and birds that are gradually decreasing in population in nature, or facing extinction, due to our negative impacts on nature. Biodiversity is important for the ecology to function properly, and all members or components of the ecology play an important role. While it may seem out of our reach, there are dozens of things you can do to strengthen wildlife preservation. To give you an accessible list of things you can start doing today, we teamed up with Teresa Wolande, a consultant and passionate environmentalist, to get you started.

The first thing you can do is educate yourself. While we get swept away by stories of endangered species across the globe, it is important to know what is going on in your own back yard. Teresa Wolande explains that it is useful to learn about the fish, birds, plants and wildlife in your region, as having an awareness of these species is a critical step in taking immediate action. Visit a national wildlife refuge, park, or other open space and learn about the endangered species and other animals who live there. Stay informed and support policies that keep these areas wild and protect native species. Being able to share this information with family and friends is a great first step in spreading awareness.

Teresa Wolande explains that becoming conscious of your product consumption has a major impact on the environment and surrounding wildlife. Reducing the frequency with which you use one-use plastics has a major impact on the environment and wildlife in your region, so try using Tupperware instead of plastic wrap, a re-usable bottle instead of plastic bottles, and a cloth bag instead of a plastic one. Much of what threatens local populations has to do with development, as more trees are cut down to make space for buildings or be turned into goods. Being informed about where your wood is coming from, making sure it is never made from wood from rainforests or endangered trees, is a great first step. You will also want to ensure you stay away from any products made from palm oil, because forests where tigers and dozens of other animals live, are being cut down to plant palm plantations.

Once you educate yourself and reduce your environmental footprint, you can start taking action by talking to your elected officials and government agencies, and by supporting policies that protect local wildlife. Teresa Wolande explains that the simplest thing you can do to help protect wildlife is to exercise your constitutional rights and vote, not only for candidates who actively support conservation efforts, but for those who willingly fund the Environmental Protection Agency, seek to curb the excesses of global business interests, and don’t deny the truth of global warming. Beyond this, every city has a group, non-profit or charity that is dedicated to the conservation of wildlife, so consider joining one today. Wildlife refuges, parks, and other places are often underfunded and desperate for help. Volunteering at one of these places to protect the animals might mean just educating visitors or picking up litter.

If you do not have the time to volunteer, but have the financial means to support, we suggest adopting an animal, donating to nature reserves, or supporting local advocacy groups. Before donating, be sure to do your research into the organization, and ensure that they remain entirely transparent about their funding and where your donation dollars are going.

Former CFO of a large Ambulatory Company in the U.S. Now retired and helping to establish women’s forums in Florida. Family woman, safari lover, and avid golfer

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