Celebrate Biodiversity

This Wednesday, May 22, is the celebration of the International Day for Biodiversity 2024. The day celebrates the 1992 adoption of the text of the Convention on Biological Diversity. More simply, it celebrates biodiversity and raises awareness about the need to protect it.

This year the them is “Be Part of the Plan.” What struck me about this is that it’s something I’ve thought about for a long time. That thinking turned to speaking up (and writing about) the need for everyone to be part of the solution. And it’s translated into action in my own life.

Being part of the solution is really very simple. It means reducing harm and increasing the number of positive steps you take. Sometimes it feels overwhelming, no doubt. Yet if everyone changed one or two or ten habits in their everyday lives, the results would add up. As American anthropologist and author Margaret Mead (1901-1978) once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

So what can you do? Start by making a commitment to change one thing in your everyday life. Set a goal of doing that one thing for a week. Then extend it to a month. In time, it will hopefully become habit. Then try another. Here are a few ideas to start:

  1. Avoid single-use plastic
  2. Reduce your energy consumption
  3. Reduce food waste
  4. Drive less and don’t idle
  5. Buy less (of everything)
  6. Shop in thrift stores
  7. Repurpose items
  8. Upcycle your clothes
  9. Eat less meat
  10. Buy only refurbished electronics

These are just a few of the many steps we can all take. I challenge you to be part of the solution.