Things you can do

Correct individual behaviour is the first step for the preservation of all ecosystems. Few behaviour rules can be useful to preserve rainforests. The following is a short list of advice suggested by many environmental associations to everybody who wants to preserve nature and tropical environment.

  • Avoid buying material produced with tropical wood and, if possible, ask for certification trademarks, for example the FSC trademark, which identifies products containing timber coming from forests managed properly and responsibly according to severe environmental, social and economic standards.
  • Try to avoid all any energy waste: don’t forget that using energy means producing carbon dioxide which has an impact on climate change and therefore on the survival of many organisms. The protection of forests is one of the crucial measures to contrast climate change as it reduces carbon emissions.
  • When it’s possible favour recycled products: don’t forget that trees are cut down to produce paper! We can all help forests by recycling paper and buying recycled paper.
  • Check the origin of meat; it’s better to consume national meet or verify that it doesn’t come from tropical areas, infact, in 1980 it has been estimated that 72% of the Amazon deforestation in Brazil was empoyed to obtain cattle land.
  • Don’t deteriorate the environment: a wood full of rubbish kills many more human beings than you can imagine. The main issue raised by waste left in woods, besides aesthetics, is surely the presence of possible polluting agents as hydrocarbons and heavy metals, which can interfere with normal plant growth (damaging especially soil microflora) and which can percolate in groundwater and pose a risk for human health.
  • Avoid buying objects produced with leather or other materials of animal origin and rare tropical plants or objects produced from tropical plants as tortoise shells, ivory, exotic feathers, shark teeth, fur, coral and shells: often their indiscriminate catching threatens the entire ecosystem where they live.
  • Don’t consume tropical frozen fish or crustaceans.
  • Don’t buy live animals (monkeys, felines, turtles, parrots, etc..) or dead (butterflies, insects, spiders, shells, trophies, stuffed animals, etc..) of tropical origin.
  • Don’t visit exhibitions of reptiles, fish or live insects. The mortality rate of these animals is often very high and they’re replaced with specimens captured in natural environments.
  • Buy tropical plants only if they come from European nurseries.
  • Sustain associations or fundations recognized at a national and international level which fight for the preservation of tropical nature.
  • Don’t feed wild animals as you could alter the delicate balance of the food chain and involuntarily cause their death.
  • Always remember that in every natural environment where you might be, from forest to sea, we are always guests and as such we should respect all life forms, including those which seem most insignificant: for this reason, don’t collect flowers which are surely nicer in a meadow than in a vase in your house waiting to die!
  • Try to communicate to everyone close to you respect and love for nature, but also everything you have learnt on this issue: we love more easily what we know and it’s easier to protect what we love!
  • Plan your day on biodiversity: in this way you will have the chance to admire different species and learn to recognize them.

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