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21 Things You Can Do to Help Endangered Species

November 2008: The first sighting of new Mountain Gorilla babies in Virunga National Park in over 15 months. Photographs by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty

  • Become a Virunga Guardian and personally protect a 30-acre area of Virunga National Park.
  • Watch World Wildlife Foundations's Extinction Sucks videos online, where two intrepid women are challenged to do something that will have a profound and lasting impact on the survival of a species.
  • Participate in local clean-up, tree planting and weed control activities.
  • Find out what threatened species live in your area what they look like, what they eat, where they live.
  • Plant some native trees in your garden to provide food and shelter for birds.
  • Minimize use of herbicides and pesticides which take a long time to degrade and build up in the soils or throughout the food chain. Predators such as hawks, owls and coyotes can be harmed if they eat poisoned animals.
  • Replace your water thirsty lawn with some native grasses.
  • Build nest boxes in areas that only have young trees.
  • Learn how to care for abandoned or injured wildlife by contacting the SPA (they can give you contacts for your local wildlife rescue service).
  • Desex your cat, put a bell on its collar and keep it indoors at night.
  • Cut up the plastic collars on your milk and soft drink bottles before throwing them out.
  • Report any sightings of unusual animals or plants or feral pests and weeds to your local Parks and Wildlife Service.
  • Throw back fish that are too small when you are fishing. Be careful not to lose your nets, lines, hooks and sinkers in the water. These entangle or choke many animals such as whales, fish, birds, and water rats.
  • Take some binoculars with you when you go hiking and keep notes of the different plants and animals you see.
  • Take pictures, not souvenirs.
  • Support industries that support the environment.
  • Extinguish your camp fires and cigarette butts when you are in the woods.
  • Drive slowly at dawn and dusk, and where trees grow near the road. Many native animals get killed on the roadsides at these times.
  • Take your own bag food shopping. Plastics can choke whales, seals and seabirds if they get into the ocean.
  • Don't litter

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

24 Things you can do to Promote Peace

(in conjunction with the exhibit HARD RAIN by Anthony Suau)

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it.
And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”

Eleanor Roosevelt


MAKE FRIENDS
Make friends with someone of another race, ethnicity, age, ability, or sexual orientation. Appreciating and embracing diversity helps to promote peace.

FREE PEACE ART
Get your free posters, or contribute your art at this site dedicated to the free distribution of anti-war graphic material.

DRIVE WITH PATIENCE
Drive with patience and tolerance. Keep the peace on our streets and highways

SHARE YOUR PHOTOS
A Flickr gallery post pictures of anything that makes you feel peace or is an example of promoting peace.

CREATE PEACE IN YOUR FAMILY
Peace begins at home. Monitor, nurture, support, and involve your family in keeping peace.

WATCH FILMS
Sign up for updates about current human rights films at Human Rights Watch

TRAVEL NEARBY
Take an adventure to neighborhoods of your town or country that are ethnically focused to appreciate diverse cultures. Cross-cultural understanding is key to building peace.

TRAVEL FAR AWAY
Get first-hand experience in how things happen in other places and bring home questions about how you do things at home.

VIRTUAL PEACE RALLY
Attend Second Life’s Peacefest 09, which taking place in the virtual world known as Second Life.

BE NEIGHBORLY
Get to know your neighbors. It’s hard to reclaim peace without a sense of community.

INTERACTIVE LEARNING
This cool graphic time line catalogs quotes from world leaders on the current war in Iraq

RESPECT YOUR ELDERS
A society is only as advanced as its compassionate care of its children, the poor, and the elderly.

LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE
Being able to communicate in a foreign language helps you participate in diverse cultures.

EXPLORE YOUR PREJUDICES
Think about what’s behind them, how they started, & how they influence your thoughts and actions.

LISTEN
Listen more. Listen, without giving unsolicited advice. The validation of being heard is often more important than solving the problem.

APOLOGISE
Learn to say I’m sorry. it. Learn when to say it and use it. These two simple words can prevent violence and save relationships.

GET ACTION ALERTS

Updates and action alerts from a coalition of more than 1400 local and national groups throughout the United States.

WORK WITH LOCAL POLITICIANS
Attend your next City Council meeting. It’s often through the strength of a group that changes are made and community is built.

WORK WITH OBAMA
Because We Can. Sign up for events in your community.

ADOPT A POLITICIAN
Write a monthly letter to your Representative, Senator, or President on peace-related issues.

STAY INFORMED
7 tools to teach you where to connect to stay up-to-date about the world, including RSS feed, Google Alerts, MonitorThis, Memes, DailyMe, FavBot, Twitter and Friendfeed.

PEACE PLEDGE
Sign a personal peace pledge with the 1000, Years of Peace Project

BE PATIENT
Practice the art of patience. Be careful not to rush to judgment or action.

PRAY
Pray for world peace. If you're not the praying kind, then simply visualize, from time to time, what the world would be like without war.

SMILE
Smile; that's happiness

 

Things you can do to provide Support for Incarcerated People and their Families

(in conjunction with the exhibit BEHIND BARS by Andrew Lictenstein)

HELP NEW YORK STATE PRISONERS

New York Prisoners

Provide support for incarcerated people and their families who are doing something positive, productive and meaningful with their lives. Founded by Ernest Henry of the Osborne Associaton.