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Climate Change•Frequently Asked Questions
Youth Summit for Biodiversity and Environmental Leadership, Lake Couchiching © Brendan Toews
Some of the environmental issues we face can seem daunting. But here are some small things we can all do that will make a huge difference. Follow the links to learn more!
1. Reduce your use of plastic.
Floating garbage © Duncan Rawlinson
2. Join Ontario Nature.
Sydenham River Nature Reserve Celebration © Jaklynn Nimec
3. Plant pollinator-friendly plants in your garden.
Eastern bumble bee in urban pollinator-friendly garden © Noah Cole
4. Become an Advocate for Nature to receive emails about opportunities to take action protect the province’s plants and animals.
Signing the Protected Places Declaration © Noah Cole
5. Keep your cat indoors to help protect birds.
Cat on a ledge © Alex Drainville
6. Help to protect Ontario’s reptiles and amphibians by reporting your turtle, frog, toad, snake and salamander sightings.
Blue-spotted salamander © Patrick Moldowan
7. Buy seasonal, local foods and eat less meat.
Enjoy local produce © Jantos CC BY-NC 2.0
8. Place decals on your windows and turn your lights off at night to prevent bird strikes.
9. Buy products only from sustainably managed forests such as Forest Stewardship Council products.
Hemlocks red and white pines © Nicholas A Tonelli
10. Spend more time in nature and you will be less stressed, happier, healthier and smarter.
Hamilton waterfront trail © Tom Flemmingl
Read the many more ways you can reduce your footprint.
Please let us know in the comments below what you’re doing to help the environment in your daily life.
You’ve made important points. We have changed the image and linked to an article that goes into greater detail about effective and strategic bird-deterrent window treatments.
Hi Noah, I expected you to be a bit more knowledgeable about preventing window strikes by birds. The bird strike problem is much more complicated than your note would suggest. If one clicks through, the difference between night and daytime strikes is explained. However, decals are generally the solution. To prevent daytime strikes, the “solution” must be attached to the outside of the glass. FLAP does not recommend decals, unless you want to cover most of the surface with them. They recommend perforated film, attached to the outside or small dots placed at regular intervals that break up the reflection of nearby vegetation.
Nighttime strikes by migrants can be prevented by turning off lights inside the building. Migrants can also be attracted to such things as lighthouse beacons and the 9/11 memorial in Manhattan.
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Bon Echo Provincial Park © Ryan McGilchrist