Do We Know How to Protect Nature?

Today, Frebruary 2019, is World Day for the Protection of Nature. If we were asked each one if we know how to protect it, we would all answer yes. For example, keeping it clean and respecting it, not tearing up plant species, without interfering in the life of animals or things like that. But there is much more…

Caring for and preserving nature is in everyone’s hands, in our attitudes and behaviors, but it is not an easy task as it may seem. In addition to the gestures of each one, of the individual commitment that we acquire protecting our closest natural environments, we must also think that any type of human activity has an impact, no matter how small, on natural ecosystems.

The World Conservation Congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, IUCN, held in Hawaii in May with the motto “Planet at the Crossroads”, identified several solutions to the problem of the deterioration of the environment and the resources that we offers nature. Many of them are applicable in our daily life.

This is the case of food waste. Trying to reduce it in our homes as well as in distribution chains is fundamental to ensure the continuity of many natural resources, both for the global food security of animals and humans and to preserve green areas.

This reduction, in addition to waste, can also reduce the use of water resources in the food production chain, since water is a fundamental resource to maintain life on the planet in all orders. For example, in forests or forests, which are a fundamental part of our biodiversity and the fight against climate change.

Precisely combating climate change is another of the strategies pointed out in Hawaii to conserve nature, and vice versa. “Healthy ecosystems – terrestrial, freshwater, marine and coastal – can act as powerful sinks and carbon deposits and establish the bases of resilience to the impacts of climate change,” says the IUCN in this regard.

As important as reducing food is also to recycle packaging and avoid the presence of plastics in the ocean. Although the total extent of marine protected areas exceeds that of terrestrial areas, there is much to be done in this regard.

“Ocean warming and acidification can not be ignored. The predominance of plastic waste in the ocean, and its effects on marine food chains demand that we look for ways to ‘close the tap’ of plastic, “says the IUCN.

To remember these ways to protect nature and enjoy everything that offers us nothing better than visiting three samples that these days exposes the National Center for Environmental Education, CENEAM. One of them, which can be seen until January 5, deals with the hundred years of National Parks. The exhibition “Mementos” on nature photographs can be visited until November 23, and the exhibition “Sierra de Guadarrama, National Park: refuge of nature and culture” until January 5.

Nature is not as far from us as we sometimes believe … or we are not as far from nature as it may seem. Look around carefully and you will discover that in your own city, in your neighborhood, in your own street, there is a great natural diversity that we have to take care of.