Plant and maintain a wildlife garden (even a small one)
Wildlife gardening and maintaining local patches of bushland play a much bigger role in conserving biodiversity than we’ve previously thought and can be crucial to species survival.
Wildlife gardening generates positive benefits for biodiversity and strengthens community engagement and our connection to nature.
Currently in Victoria, Gardens for Wildlife, is encouraging and helping those local communities to plant home gardens to benefit wildlife.
By strengthening our connection to nature, it is more likely that we will want to change other behaviours to boost our biodiversity.
Donate or volunteer your time
Private land protection organisations such as Bush Heritage and Trust for Nature, or advocacy organisations like Environmental Justice are effective in protecting land in perpetuity and implementing management on private lands.
Giving time by environmental volunteering such as revegetation activities or donating money to a conservation campaign, can also help.
Here in Victoria, DELWP provides opportunities to volunteer – find an opportunity near you.
Choose biodiversity-friendly investments
What if I told you, you can still make money for your retirement while helping the planet?
New research has found that superannuation funds investing responsibly with consideration for environmental, social, governance and ethical factors, outperform funds that don't.
Environmentally friendly personal investments again help support structural change.
Choose a greener superfund today or ask your current fund if they have a sustainable investment portfolio to choose from.
Keep influencing your family and friends with your passion for the environment by telling positive nature stories or behaviours that benefit the environment.
This is a powerful tool to communicate awareness and knowledge between individuals. This action helps support building social norms and positive reinforcement encourages individuals and groups to continue with conservation behaviours.
The paper Identifying and prioritising human behaviours that benefit biodiversity details all the ways you can help boost biodiversity and will be published later in June 2020 in the journal Conservation Science and Practice.
Story: Chanel Koeleman