The concern about wildlife and environmental conservation is becoming increasingly relevant and important. Lalibela considers ourselves extremely privileged to be working on the ground to conserve African wildlife and sustain African habitat. But we understand that the thought of helping protect wildlife can be daunting and seem far out of reach. No action is too small though – you don’t have to take drastic measures to help do your part for the planet. Here are a few easy ways you can help protect our beautiful planet in your daily life.

1.  Recycle

One of the best things you can do to help preserve the planet is to reuse or recycle. Recycling items made from glass, paper, cardboard, tin, plastic etc. is an easy and extremely effective way to help the conservation cause.

2. Buy Sustainably

Becoming conscious of products’ origins is another way to contribute to conservation. Try and buy sustainably sourced foods. Switching to cruelty-free cosmetic and toiletry products is a simple change that can make a big difference.

3. Keep it Local

Buying locally is also a great way to make a difference – you support your local community and reduce the carbon footprint as imported goods have further to travel. Planting indigenous plants is another way to contribute to conservation. When you plant native plants, you help sustain local creatures’ natural habitat and prevent against damage caused by invasive species.

4. Donate

If you are able to, donate (even if it’s just a small amount) to a wildlife charity or conservation cause that is important to you. Whether it’s a once-off or a regular contribution, no amount is too small.

5. Opt for Eco-Friendly

The wonderful thing about the growing consciousness around environmental protection and conservation is the increase in eco-friendly products. A few small switches can make a big difference. If possible, use eco-friendly cleaning products and avoid soaps or deodorants that contain exfoliating micro-beads. Swop plastic out for sustainable materials where possible. For those daily coffee drinkers – take your own cup when you buy takeaway coffee. It’s a great way to bring conservation into your caffeine habit!

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