In her wise and elegant new book, “Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants,” Dr. Jane Goodall with Gail Hudson, blends her experience in nature with her enthusiasm for botany to give readers a deeper understanding of the world around us. Continuing their exploration here, Dr. Goodall provides ideas and inspiration for what readers can do to get involved in and protect the world of plants.
- Consider using “reclaimed wood flooring” – but be sure to ask for verification that the planks really are recycled from old buildings and not new lumber made to look aged.
- Advocate for the mandatory labeling of palm oil sourcing. Pristine, tropical rainforest are being recklessly destroyed to make room for the establishment and expansion of palm oil plantations. This is directly endangering the Orangutan, and displacing indigenous people who have lived in the forest for thousands of years. Right now there is no mandatory labeling of products that contain palm oil—so consumers can’t avoid purchasing these products.
- Support companies who are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). For a full list of companies, visit the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s website www.cmzoo.org and download its palm oil shopping guide.
- Buy recycled paper products whenever possible. You actively reduce the amount of virgin wood that is harvested for new paper every time you buy recycled paper products. Almost all paper is available recycled these days, including greeting cards and all kitchen and bath products. Meanwhile, also try to buy tree-friendly toilet paper and paper towels. (Look for products that are from recycled papers as well as “unbleached” or “chlorine-free.”)
- Reduce your overall consumption of paper and wood products by transporting groceries in cloth bags, using cloth napkins, avoiding use of disposable plates and cups, and writing/printing on both sides of a sheet of paper.
- Reduce your consumption of beef. (Forests are often cleared for cattle ranching or growing corn feed to support the meat industry.)
- Avoid purchasing products with aluminum cans (or at least be sure to recycle them) – this will help reduce the need for mining bauxite in tropical rainforests.
To learn more about Dr. Goodall’s new book, please visit the “Seeds of Hope” page at www.janegoodall.org/seedsofhope. Have you missed some of our earlier blog posts? Don’t worry, see all of them below!
- Introduction to the “Seeds of Hope” blog series
- Build A Habitat for Native Wildlife
- Create a Sustainable Home Garden
- Grow Your Own Food
- Support Local Sustainable Food Growers
- Hike in Nature and Plan your own Eco-Vacation
- Explore Forests