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The delicate balance on planet Earth is in danger of toppling. Ecosystems require biodiversity and sustainable growth opportunities to survive. Animals of all types represent one of the most crucial relationships in the organic world. Yet, year after year, we see the presence of some of the most unique and majestic animals appear on the endangered species list. Here are some ways to help preserve these extraordinary creatures.

Personal Responsibility

Public and private schools introduce children to sustainability causes. Even when exposed at an early age, children are not getting enough of an imprint through the education system. Parents and families should discuss ways they can help prevent the extinction or endangerment of wild animal species. When communities know how even small steps from their own acreage can impact the world, they will begin making small changes. The Butterfly Effect is a viable theory and a great place to start a discussion about environmental protection.

Recycle, Reuse, and Repurpose

There are a variety of ways to reduce our carbon footprint and reduce waste. Every household has the potential to eliminate waste and increase efforts to rebuild resources. Education is critical here because people will only make a difference when they are motivated. Tools that help individuals understand how their behaviors and actions are available. Even simple changes make a big difference to the environment. Using less energy by turning out lights when not in use, reducing the thermostats at home or work, and using less water are two of the easiest ways to help. Knowledge helps people overcome their resistance and common excuses for not recycling. Simple steps like making mindful purchasing decisions can ultimately make a big difference to the environment.

Act Locally

Every community has a host of native plant, animal, and insect species. These can be protected by not introducing invasive species and by creating mini-ecosystems. Native pollinators encourage birds, butterflies, and bees to stop in yards and spread seeds naturally. Community business, religious, and political leaders are great advocates. Their voices are heard and revered within their sphere of influence. Incorporate all forms of media and human resources to educate the public about ways they can assist with efforts to preserve endangered animals and the global environment.