An Environmentally Conscious Holiday

This holiday season, what can I do to protect the planet?

  • If 90% of lights were LED, 7.8 gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions could be reduced by 2050. (Source)

 

Winter is the time of year that many focus more attention on feeding wild birds! The following information should strengthen one’s resolve to shop for, backyard-garden-grow, and support local organic growers!

A 2019 Science article found that, “American agricultural land is now 48 times more toxic to insects than it was 20 years ago,” and that “the insecticide neonicotinoid accounted for 61% to 99% of the toxic load”. The article further concluded, “the insecticide affects the migration behavior of songbirds by affecting their feeding patterns and fat stores.”

The same effects were found in a previous study, published in 2017. The chemicals basically act as an appetite suppressant, the researchers found. The birds also became lethargic. By reducing migration survival, the birds fail to successfully reproduce.

We can all help to preserve and protect our plundered planet. Consumer demand makes a difference.


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