ECO-SYSTEM FOR A GREENER LIFESTYLE

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Kaingin or slash-and-burn is a common practice among communities who convert forests lands for agricultural purposes

Kaingin or slash-and-burn is a common practice among communities who convert forests lands for agricultural purposes

(Easy and very simple tips for eco-friendly lifestyle; but enough to help conserve the treasures of nature.)

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A couple of weeks more and Christmas Day is here. Most of us are probably scurrying for last minute shopping, menu preparations and parties to attend.

Let’s celebrate this season by living in the true spirit of Christmas, and give love to God’s most awesome creation—biodiversity.

Starting this week, Haribon Foundation will give tips on how you can do your part in conserving the environment while enjoying the holidays.

Reduce meat on your holiday menu. Christmas is usually the time when people are lax on their diets, claiming it only happens once a year. But too much meat is not just unhealthy but also threatening to biodiversity.

In order to raise livestock, it is necessary to have pastures or to produce forage (soy, corn, beets, etc.) all of which requires a huge surface area, often carved out at the expense of forests.

Kaingin or slash-and-burn is a common practice among communities who convert forests lands for agricultural purposes. Also, it takes an enormous amount of water and pesticides to grow forage crops, resulting in pollution of free groundwater. Prepare healthier meals and introduce eco-eating by using locally grown legumes, fruits and vegetables for your holiday pig-out sessions.

SOURCE: 52 Actions for Biodiversity. The original version of this document was published in 2009 under the title “366 gestes pour la biodiversite” and “366 tips voor de biodiversiteit”. Copyright 2009 Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.

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