We all need a place to live. Preserving habitat for plants
and animals is one of the single most important things you can do
to help save the earth. Here are some ideas to get you
If you think there’s no place like home
- Find out how far the fruits/vegetables consumed by a school
have to be flown to market.
- Start a campaign to buy local produce.
- Work with local farmers to get locally produced milk and milk
products in vending machines in schools in exchange for farmers
doing more conservation-friendly agriculture.
If people always ask you for directions
- Research your local parks, forests, camping spots, nature
centers, zoos, aquariums, trails, and other natural or educational
- Create a “Green Map” (either by hand or using a software
program) describing each one and showing their locations.
- Distribute the map in your community.
If your yard is your rooftop
- Research the benefits of rooftop gardens.
- Establish one or more gardens.
- Measure and collect data (ex. temperature readings on rooftops
and within buildings, air conditioning or heating bills, etc.) and
compare to buildings without gardens.
- Educate apartment tenants and businesses about the benefits of
rooftop gardens and volunteer to set up a garden for these
If you like history
- Compare old and new aerial photographs of your community.
- Estimate the rate at which development and habitat loss is
- Present your findings to the department in charge of
development planning in your town.
If you hate uninvited guests
- Identify non-native or invasive species in your local
environment (some alien species such as English ivy can cause great
damage in their non-native areas).
- Research and/or observe the effects of non-native species on
- Monitor the decline of the non-native animal species or
organize a plant cleanup where destructive, non-native plants are
removed and native ones are planted.
If you've always dreamed of being a tour guide
- Identify and research species and the natural history of a
local hiking trail, schoolyard habitat, park, or natural area.
- Create interpretive signs, field guides, or audiotapes for
- Develop activities for the trail or conduct guided tours.
If you like to stake a claim to an area
- Learn how to conduct a transect study (a transect is a
straight-line profile that creates a cross-section of an area to
study living and nonliving things).
- Conduct the transect study in a forest, a beach, a water
source, etc. and compare various areas or the same area over
- Take photographs, create graphs, and evaluate the data to
produce a PowerPoint presentation to show others what you’ve
If you like getting your hands dirty
- Research composting and its many benefits.
- Compost different materials using different methods.
- Monitor compost and compare end products.
- Donate compost to community gardens, school grounds, etc.
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