African wildlife, ecosystems and communities suffer greatly from climate change. In Africa both the frequency and severity of droughts is predicted to increase as a result of climate change. This impacts African wildlife by reducing freshwater sources available for survival, forcing them to venture further into human habitats in search for more. This increases the human-wildlife conflict, putting both humans and wildlife at greater risks.
By making a change to your lifestyle, you can directly help tackle climate change and support vulnerable African wildlife.
Learn more about what you can do to reduce your environmental impact below.
How do our lifestyles impact African wildlife?
Our lifestyle choices have immense impacts on the environment around us. Simple choices such as what food we buy and what transportation we take has adverse effects on climate change, referring to the global changes in temperatures and precipitation. This has global consequences, many of which I’m sure you are very familiar with, such as the melting of polar ice caps and increase in frequency and severity of extreme weather events.
SIMPLE LIFESTYLE CHANGES YOU CAN MAKE TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT
Humans have had such an impact on the Earth that it is now suggested we have moved into a new geological epoch called the Anthropocene. The physical changes we have made to environments include deforestation, pollution, overpopulation and burning fossil fuels. These physical impacts have triggered climate change as well as poor air and water quality. By making small changes to our lifestyles and reducing our carbon footprint, we can help protect and support the habitats of Africa’s vulnerable wildlife.
Reconnect to nature to disconnect from everyday stress!
Our mental and physical health is of the upmost importance for us all. There are many things we can do to improve our health, including reconnecting with nature. Whether this be at your local park, in your own garden or even from your houseplants, we can reconnect with nature all around us to feel the benefit.