The Healing Earth Introduction outlined four steps to help you move from preparation to action. These were:
- See a problem that you want to address.
- Study the scientific and social aspects of the problem (the 5 w's).
- Imagine possible action responses that are ethically coherent and spiritually genuine.
- Select one of these action responses, perform the action and monitor results.
You may want to review what goes into each step. Below are ideas that invite you to see a problem, gather information, develop responses and perform action.
Healthy soil is a critical component of an ecosystem with flourishing biodiversity. Go to this website to explore what type of soil is found in your region. Following the information given on this site, discuss with your teacher the possibility of testing the soil. Also, brainstorm ways to reduce contamination and naturally increase fertility of the soil at your school, in your homes, and in your cities.
The Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) is a group of non-governmental organizations that sponsor projects around the world intended to conserve biodiversity. Click here and select a project that involves your country or region. Can you and your classmates think of possible ways to either indirectly or directly support this particular project?
Deforestation is a major threat to biodiversity, and overconsumption of paper products contributes to habitat reduction for thousands of species. Visit the Code REDD website to observe how deforestation around the world has increased since 1990, and imagine steps that your school could take to reduce its own paper use.
In Jordan, The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) is promoting biodiversity education in the national school system. One way they are increasing awareness of the importance of biodiversity is by having students study the herbal and medicinal plants in their regions and their values. Do you know the herbal and medicinal plants in your region? Could you organize a project with your classmates to discover these plants, describe their value, and report on their condition?
Honey bee colony collapse is being observed worldwide. It is estimated that 80% of plant and crop species depend on pollinating insects like bees. Any major decline in this insect population has a dramatic effect on biodiversity. Find out if there are bee keepers in your community and talk to them about this problem. At the same time, you can plant bee-friendly flowers that the bees in your region can utilize for their nutritious nectar and pollen. Click here for more information.
North American students can go to the Center for Biological Diversity website and find the Take-Action Toolkit. Here, students are given concrete steps to support government legislation that protects biodiversity.
In the city of Joondalup, Australia, students were given permission by city officials to stencil images of green frogs at drainage points along sidewalk curbs. The purpose was to remind people that when polluted water enters the stormwater drains it ends up in the Yellagongo wetlands, harming the diversity of plants, insects, amphibians, and animals there. Would an action like this help protect biodiversity in your community?
Students are taking action around the world to address declining biodiversity. How can you take what you have learned about biodiversity and put it into action?