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Tiki the Penguin's guide for kids which explains why so much life on Earth is in trouble
Tiki the Penguin's guide for kids which explains why so much life on Earth is in trouble
I'm a dodo, now extinct because of humans

What you kids can do to help!

Young humans like you will, as you grow up, increasingly hold the future of life on our planet in your hands. It is you who inherit the Earth. Adults — including your parents and family — are doing the damage today because many of them simply don't realise what they are doing to the planet. But you do! So what you choose to do as you get older can make a big difference.

Here's what you can do to start the ball rolling:

At home and at school

Recycle it! Tip 1 — The four Rs
Recycle everything you can
Reduce what you buy
Reuse what you can
If something is broken, see if you can repair it

Tip 2 — Start an eco-club

Grab the interest of your friends, parents and school teachers. How? Maybe you could make a presentation on your computer? Or a slide show? Or a poster? Or leaflets to give out? Get people who know about ecosytems, ecology and biodiversity to come and talk to your club and inspire you all! How do you do that? How about contacting your local university biology department?

Tip 3 — Set an example
Reduce your demands for energy and water in your home
  • wear your clothes more than once before you wash them
  • take showerstake short showers. Try to avoid baths: They waste water and energy
  • turn electrical things off when you're not using them
  • use low energy lights like LEDs
  • Get insulated! If you live in a cold region and your house isn't insulated, the chances are your families' energy bills will be high. Insulation is the way to go
    In 2015, about 40 per cent of total U.S. (for example) energy consumption was used for heating buildings. And energy usually means pollution (unless your household only uses renewable energy – probably unlikely if you have no insulation). Pollution matters for all kinds of reasons; in particular, climate change. If you want to know more about pollution, energy and climate change, I have guides. Just click "Tiki's menu"
Tip 4 — Vacations
airplanes are big pollutersTry to take your holidays nearer near home so you don't have to do loads of travelling — particularly on airplanes. They are mega-polluters!

Polluting aircraft Image: dsleeter_2000
Tip 5 — Buy local
Buy items made or grown locally rather than from far away. This cuts out 'food miles'. Also, try my shoppers' quiz to see how green you are.buy locally-grown food whenever you can

You can grow your own foodTip 6 — Grow some of your own food
If you have a little patch of ground or a garden, why not give it a try? You might be surprised at how easy it can be. And you can't get more local than your own back yard!

If you have space, try composting waste food, vegetable peelings and stuff. You can even make compost in a small bin which contains special earthwormsTiki with compost heap

Tip 7 — Cut the commute
travel means yet more pollution Could your parents live closer to where they work (or the other way around) and near your school? You could discuss this with them at a family meeting! Then none of you has to travel so much
Fed-up with traffic jams Commuting is polluting
Millions of people spend hours every day, five days a week, driving to work and back. This is called commuting and it is immensely wasteful of energy and causes terrible pollution and, of course, traffic jams. There has to be a better way…
Tip 8 — Try not to use the car!
Cars = traffic jams + pollution, so use bicycles and buses whenever you can rather than cars. Better still, walk.use your bike if you have one
Tip 9 — Give wildlife a home
if you have a back yard or garden at home, see if you can make a pond. Bluetit (chickadee) at nesting box. Image: Hans OlofssonAnd how about making a wildlife refuge too? You know, somewhere for birds to nest (make bird boxes) with bushes and small trees — even heaps of sticks and leaves where small animals can hibernate in the winter. A tidy neat garden is not a good place for wildlife — especially if you spray pesticides and use artificial fertilisers.
Tip 10 — know your planet
find out more about our beautiful planet and remember that you have to share it with millions other life forms
This is called biodiversity and is the whole purpose of this guide. All living things are part of different ecosystems and biomes – including humans who haven't yet understood how ecosystems provide vital services upon which they depend. By the way, there are eight major biomes on our planet: tundra, taiga, four types of forest (temperate deciduous, temperate evergreen, tropical deciduous and — best known of all — tropical rainforest), grassland and desert.
(species), all of which have a right to be here

Good luck, kids! It's your world

Good luck! The future of all of us depends on what you kids of today do to make sure tomorrow comes for people, penguins and polar bears

What do you think about life in danger? Have you any good ideas about what we can do to make things better? If you do, please write to me. As long as your message is sensible and friendly, I promise to reply. Use the toolbar at the bottom of the page to contact me.

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Click here to go to my Life in Danger links page to find out about groups concerned at what people are doing to all other Life on Earth.


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