See how you can make a difference.

    Plants and animals depend on each other for survival. Find out why this biodiversity is so important—and how you can help. 

    Skip the selfie

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    Riding elephants , holding monkeys , and snapping pics with lion cubs might seem fun, but these animals might have been snatched from the wild and aren’t being properly cared for. Avoid these activities on vacation unless you know the group is trustworthy and not exploiting animals. Ask your parents not to "like" similar photos on social media.

    Keep to the trail

    Always stick to the trail when hiking, and keep your pup on a leash.

    Stand up for "scary" animals

    Some people are scared of animals like wolves , sharks , and bats —and try to harm them. But these animals are super important because they keep their habitats healthy. So tell everyone how amazing they are!

    Shop smart

    Avoid souvenirs or other items made from animal parts like scales, teeth, feathers, tortoise shells, seashells, coral, and especially ivory. Animals might have been harmed or disturbed to make them.

    No place for pets

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    Never release a pet into the wild—it could become an invasive species! Cats , dogs , snakes , ferrets, and even hedgehogs prey on local wildlife. If you can’t care for your pet, find it a new home.

    Count 'em

    Participate in a citizen science project to tag, track, or identify animals. The information you gather can help biologists learn how the animals are adapting to climate change , habitat destruction , and other problems.

    BAD PLANTS

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    Invasive species are plants and animals that don’t belong in a habitat. They can destroy native species and shake up the whole ecosystem. You can help! Sign up to help remove invasive plants at a local park or nature center.

    Lights off

    Birds can become confused by bright nighttime lights, causing them to collide with windows or fly in circles until they’re exhausted. Turn off unnecessary lights at night in the spring and fall, when birds are migrating. You can also talk to your parents about turning off the lights at their high-rise offices.

    Careful aquarium

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    Think that Dory-looking blue tang would make a good pet? Think again. These fish are difficult to breed in captivity, so blue tangs you see in a store have likely been taken from the wild. That could upset the habitat. If you have a tank, make sure your fish were bred in captivity, not taken from the wild.

    Don't feed the wildlife

    Feeding animals makes them less fearful of and more dependent on humans, which affects the critters’ ability to survive. Plus, people food can make animals sick. ( Bird feeders are OK—just give the fliers plenty of space!)

    Cat attack

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    U.S. cats (pets and those that don’t live with people) prey on over one billion birds every year. Keep your feline indoors, or give it a bell or colorful collar that can alert birds of danger.

    Find the right fish

    Bluefin tuna and Atlantic halibut are large fish that reproduce and grow very slowly—so try to avoid eating them unless you know they’ve been fished sustainably . Use a guide like FishWatch to select a swimmer that can be removed from the ocean without harming the ecosystem.

    LOOK—DON’T TOUCH

    Bring binoculars on an outdoor adventure to enjoy wildlife from afar. That way you don’t disturb animals, which can change their behavior. Critters are better off spending energy looking for food or caring for young—not hiding from you!

    Photo credits: Arun Roisri, Dreamstime (elephants); Marcia Straub, Getty Images (wolf); Ernita, Shutterstock (hedgehog); Zorandim, Dreamstime (plants); iliuta goean, Shutterstock (fish); sjallenphotography, Getty Images (cat) 

    How are you reducing or contributing to the biodiversity crisis on earth What changes can you make now to further reduce the biodiversity crisis?
    Leave critical wildlife habitat undisturbed, especially nesting and denning sites. Promote wildlife use by setting up bird and bat houses. Eradicate and control introduced weeds on your property. Keep vehicles on main roads to reduce the spread of weeds and disturbance to wildlife. more
    Do we live on Earth or in Earth?
    Before we begin, we'd like to clarify that we do not live "inside the earth." We live on the surface of the earth. more
    Will Earth stop spinning?
    As the Earth spins, these bulges move across the Earth's surface like a wave, pushing against the Earth's spin. This slows down the Earth's spin. It means that Earth's day lengthens by one second every 50,000 years. The only thing that could stop the Earth's spin would be if another planet crashed into it. more
    What will happen when all the plants on Earth are cut how it will affect life on Earth?
    Once the plant free planet and then oxygen-less planet. The oxygen less planet has no life, so we can't survive on earth and hence the entire life system and ecosystem would die. The plant are energy source and oxygen source. The only primary source of energy are plants. more
    Why is the greenhouse effect harmful to life on earth what would have happened if the greenhouse gases were totally missing in the Earth's atmosphere discuss?
    Hence, greenhouse gases are essential for maintaining the temperature of the Earth for the sustenance of life. In the absence of greenhouse gases, the average temperature of the Earth will decrease drastically, making it uninhabitable. As a result, life on Earth would be impossible. more
    Does Earth move?
    The earth rotates once every 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4.09053 seconds, called the sidereal period, and its circumference is roughly 40,075 kilometers. Thus, the surface of the earth at the equator moves at a speed of 460 meters per second--or roughly 1,000 miles per hour. more
    What is responsible for warming the Earth's surface and creating life on Earth?
    Earth's atmosphere keeps much of the Sun's energy from escaping into space. This process, called the greenhouse effect, keeps the planet warm enough for life to exist. more
    Who found Earth?
    By around 500 B.C., most ancient Greeks believed that Earth was round, not flat. But they had no idea how big the planet is until about 240 B.C., when Eratosthenes devised a clever method of estimating its circumference. more
    Is Earth capitalized?
    When you're talking about the planet we live on, capitalize the word. Here's why: Used in this capacity, Earth is a proper noun. It names a specific place. Proper nouns should be capitalized. more
    Will the Earth fall?
    Unless a rogue object passes through our Solar System and ejects the Earth, this inspiral will continue, eventually leading the Earth to fall into our Sun's stellar corpse when the Universe is some ten quadrillion times its current age. more
    Who built Earth?
    When the solar system settled into its current layout about 4.5 billion years ago, Earth formed when gravity pulled swirling gas and dust in to become the third planet from the Sun. more

    Source: kids.nationalgeographic.com

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