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Little things make a big difference

People in the UK have been challenged to do their bit for bio-diversity with the message that small actions make a big difference around the world.

Biodiversity Minster Barry Gardiner delivered the call and suggested that people buy products that come from sources that are environmentally sound.

Marking International Biodiversity Day on May 22, he said:” It’s a good time to remind people that wildlife and their habitats are a fundamental part of the earth’s life support system.

“Everything is connected, and we all have a choice- to either help biodiversity or to harm it. There is no middle of the road. My challenge to people throughout the country is to identify what they can do in their day-to-day lives to reduce the pressure on wildlife and their habitats.”

Gardiner believes that while the link isn’t always clear, our homes and lifestyles have huge impacts on the environment.

He states that by recycling rubbish, we reduce landfill and the pressure on surrounding land, while by composting kitchen scraps and garden waste we can not only create better gardens for biodiversity but reduce the pressure caused by domestic waste.

“We have more information and choice than ever before about the impacts of what we buy and what we use- whether it’s what we eat and drink, the clothes and furniture that we buy, the places we choose for our holidays, the utilities we consume or even who we bank with”, he added.

“If the information isn’t immediately available, ask for it. Something as simple as asking a company where it gets its raw materials from applies pressure and makes businesses aware that their customers value the protection of wildlife and habitats.”

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