James borrell is a conservation scientist and science communicator, with a particular interest in how species adapt to changing climate.

10 Tiny Things You Can Do For Conservation

I wrote the other day about conservation dualism. The interplay between worrying about the big ugly pictures of biodiversity loss and climate change, and on the other hand, picking your battles and being positive.

A lot of people say to me – especially when it comes to climate change – “well, what can I do, I’m just one person”.

Whether one person can make a difference is academic, if everyone thought like that then we’d be making even slower progress! So once you decide that you CAN, then here’s 10 tiny things we could all do to help conservation and environmental education.

10 Tiny Things

1. Walk somewhere. To work, back home, the park or the pub? Or walk somewhere you’ve never been to before.


2. Read a conservation article, instead of negative doom and gloom in the newspapers. An excellent conservation news source is Mongabay.com.


3. Eat less meat. Smaller portions, cheaper cuts, chicken instead of beef…


4. Have a cold shower. Saves energy, tests will power, feels good.


5. Learn the name of something. Anything. A plant or animal, sponge or fungi? Ispot can help you.


6. Pick up a good book, like Wild Hope. Give it to a friend to read afterwards.


7. Turn things off when you’re not using them, even if only to save you money.


8. Chip in on a conservation crowdfunding website (or send some words of encouragement).


9. Stop buying bottled water. The stuff that comes out of the tap is fine, and we’re lucky to have it.


10. Put your spare time to use, on a train or bus or waiting for the kettle to boil, to help citizen science (instead of playing angry birds or candy crush saga).