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Opportunities to Make a Difference

Option #1

Call on your representative to end fossil fuel subsidies

The subsidies drive both climate change and biodiversity loss

Post on social media, tag them, and encourage your friends to do the same

Representative’s track social closely so it’s a great way to get the message across quickly

Option #2

Set a goal for reducing your weekly meat consumption, especially red meat

Establish a target that's a day or two less than the number of days / week you currently eat meat

Then decide which days of the week you want to go meat free

Remember, reducing your animal protein intake not only benefits biodiversity but cuts carbon emissions and is better for your health!

Resources -Build Your Diet (

Show Notes

This Week’s Reason for Hope

Maryland couple fights their HOA to keep their native plants

Homeowner associations by one measure govern some 74 million people nationwide

Lawns make up one-third of the country’s 135 million acres of residential landscaping

According to National Wildlife Federation, in 2020 there was 50% increase in people creating wildlife gardens certified by the organization


They Fought the Lawn. And the Lawn’s Done. - The New York Times (

Biodiversity Loss


On average, global populations of wildlife declined 69% between 1970 and 2016

Farmed animals (mainly cows and pigs) constitute 60% of global biomass of all mammals, humans make up 36%, and wild mammals make up just 4%

Planet-Based Diet

Interactive report by World Wildlife Fund

United States Example

  • Current diet = 925 metric tons CO2 equivalent
  • Flexetarian = 447 metric tons CO2 equivalent

Montreal Biodiversity Conference - COP 15 Outcomes

Nations agreed to set aside 30% of their land and water by 2030 (30 x 30)


What is biodiversity and how are we protecting it? - BBC News

Why Are Diets and Biodiversity Linked? | Planet-Based Diets | WWF (

Build Your Diet (

Cop15: historic deal struck to halt biodiversity loss by 2030 | Cop15 | The Guardian

Summary for policymakers of the global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services | Zenodo