Appreciating Our Earth and Her Creatures

"Going green" is a popular expression that embodies many different facets of conservation. When you pursue conservation and a greener lifestyle, you focus on making lifestyle choices that will create less of a negative impact on the environment. Earth has a finite amount of resources, and these resources must support all life on the planet. While humans are one type of life, animals also hold an important place in the overall ecosystem. Learning to appreciate Earth and all of the creatures on the planet can be the first important step toward making more responsible choices about how you use resources.

Clean air and water are two vitally important resources. Everyone can take steps to reduce pollution, which damages these resources. Fossil fuels such as gas and coal are energy sources produced in the earth. However, these fuels take a very long time to form, which means that they are not renewable resources. Fossil fuels also contain high amounts of carbon, which can be given off into the environment when the fuels are produced and consumed. Using fewer fossil fuels by driving less is one important way to reduce the amount of carbon emitted into the environment. By switching to renewable sources of energy instead of using fossil fuels, everyone benefits. Renewable energy sources include the sun, water, and wind.

Going green also benefits animals and plants because the air, soil, and water can stay cleaner. Instead of losing vital natural areas such as rainforests due to urban and agricultural development, these natural areas can be preserved. Trees are crucial for environmental health because they sustain other plants and animals and they purify the air. Clean water is also vital for all forms of life, so conserving water and being conscious of reducing carbon emissions are two ways that everyone can reduce their negative impact on Earth's supply of clean water.

Wildlife needs protection as well. Natural habitats are being removed and destroyed, which impacts the health and well-being of animals. Pollution infiltrating the oceans, forests, and air harms vulnerable animals. For example, waste runoff that contains chemicals such as medications and pesticides enters rivers, which flow into oceans. These chemicals harm marine plants and animals, which can have a disastrous effect. Trash that finds its way into bodies of water can also have a harmful impact on marine life.

Birds live almost everywhere on Earth, and they play an important role in healthy ecosystems all over the planet. Birds provide active pest control in areas, feeding on insects that can damage agricultural crops. Birds also disperse plant seeds as they forage, which helps spread seeds for enhanced germination. Birds are even helpful to soil composition, as they help with organic decomposition and by adding additional organic matter into the soil. The hobby of bird-watching can also be beneficial because people might travel to view birds, which helps to boost local economies that rely on tourist revenue.

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We would also like to acknowledge the amazing support and help we have had from the Lismore Vet Clinic who have been an invaluable support to both us and the native wildlife of this region.


All native birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are proteced under the Wildlife Act 1975, they may not be captured or harmed in any way without an authority issued under the Wildlife Act.