You want to save the binturong, of course ! But how? No need to go far to take action for endangered species ! There are simple gestures that allow to help the binturong and the rest of the planet.
Preserve Asian forests.
First, it is important to know that deforestation is a major reason for the binturong loss. But although we lived furthest than 9000km, we are also actors of this deforestation. How? Through our consumption. Indeed, the main cause of forest loss in South-East Asia is the increasing implantation of palm plantations. These produce the famous palm oil. Palm oil has become the first oil used in the food market because of its particularly low prices but also because of its taste very little pronounced that permits their inclusion in the recipe of many prepared foods (cakes and cookies, pizza, chips, spreads). It is also used in cosmetics, shampoos and soaps. So what is the problem with this oil? Everything comes from its production: most field crops are slash and burn. This technique is a disaster for the environment: animals are trapped, heavy toxic fumes are released, soil erosion goes faster and grounds are fertile only for a short time. In addition to this, these plantations are sources of social conflict. These usually belong to large multinationals and are regularly located on communal land without the advice of local populations and without compensation for the loss of their land.
What are the solutions? Unfortunately, today no label provides sufficiently strict criteria to produce a truly sustainable palm oil. It leads us to reduce or even stop our consumption of products containing palm oil to reduce the importance of this market and therefore the interests of multinationals to locate in Southeast Asia.
Let’s not forget also that the Asian forest is home to a rich biodiversity that goes well beyond the binturong: civets, leopards, tigers, orangutans, exotic birds, so many beautiful species who deserve to be saved!
Reduce its water consumption.
Because water is becoming the most valuable resource on earth, it is necessary to pay attention to it now. While 70% of the surface of our planet is made up of water, most is not drinking water or not usable (ocean sea too deep groundwater, glaciers …). It only remains 0.01% for human consumption. A few small steps can reduce up to 30% your water usage: repair all leaky faucets (a dripping tap = 100L of water per day), turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, hands or shaving, use the dishwasher instead of washing dishes by hand, install an economic flush, use the key “eco” or half-load washing machine and dishwasher, water lawn at evening, collect rainwater for watering plants or washing the car.
Reduce its energy consumption.
Energy production is the largest source of pollution. Unfortunately today it is still very complex to produce 100% green energy. The best way to act until science finds new solutions is to reduce our consumption. For this quick and simple steps can help: turn off electrical appliances rather than pausing, use multi-outlet with an on / off button to turn off devices, disconnect the charger cable once the battery is fully charged, use low energy light bulbs and switch them off when you leave the room, reduce the room temperature heated in winter (1 ° C = 7 % energy saving on average), turn off the heater when opening windows to ventilate.
There are obviously other gestures which have a greater impact on the environment but represent a commitment stronger. First, the isolation of the occupied housing plays the most important role; good insulation can significantly reduce heating in winter and cooling in summer. There are different most environmentally friendly heating systems that can be installed but this represents a greater investment: geothermal heat pump, solar panels, windmill.
primary need, eat can nevertheless be a significant source of How to have fun while respecting the environment? Here are some ways to become an eco-responsible consumer. First eat fresh, local and seasonal are the three basic rules for those who want to act. The environmental problem raised by the prepared products is the energy used for their preparation and packaging. When eating fresh products you have the guarantee to produce less pollution but also to avoid additives (preservatives, colorings, flavorings and flavor enhancers) that are sometimes questionable. The second pillar, eat local, allows reducing emissions of greenhouse gas produced to bring food to our supermarket. Beware though; transport create less carbon emissions than the mode of production. So it is better buying tomatoes certified ‘organic farming’ produced in Morocco that non-organic local tomatoes. Buy seasonal products also reduces carbon emissions. For example in winter tomatoes are produced under artificially heated greenhouses; apples in summer come from fridge where they are sprayed with preservatives. So many reason to prefer the pumpkin soup in October, the gratin of cauliflower in February and rhubarb pie in May! For those who do not know by heart the perfect gardener’s calendar, you find all the information in it:
Now, we can attack a very current controversy: the meat. You should know that livestock currently produces 18% of global emissions of greenhouse gases and represents a huge water consumption (15000L for 1kg of beef, pork 4800L for 1kg of pork). The PNNS (National Nutrition and Health Program, a French Program) recommends also for health reasons, to limit consumption of red meat to 500g a week. So from a medical point of view as from an ecological point of view, it is better to reduce purchases of meat and specifically beef wich remains the most polluting nowadays.
There are also labels that allow to know if the product (food or otherwise) purchased is environmentally friendly. Beware though; with increasing interest in eco-responsible consumption, ecology has become marketing. We have to reach to sort out the various labels. For this, the ideal is to read the quality charter imposed by the label. Otherwise you can find rankings on the internet with summary sheets labels, such as the eco-sapiens website: http://www.eco-sapiens.com/infos-les-labels.php?famille=Alimentation
Some of you will have heard of it 7th continent in the North Pacific Ocean which consists exclusively of waste. This continent is the result of a real failure in the management of waste produced by humans. Each year a French produced an average of 354kg of waste: plastic packaging, food waste, cardboard, paper… Among this waste, only 35% would not be recyclable. Besides the fact that food waste can be avoided with good management of races and some Tupperware, much of what fuels our trash can be simply sorted. One question remains: what can be recycled? It is not always clear what may or may not end up in the recycling bin. Fortunately today most packaging has a small mention (see cons) indicating what is recyclable or not. So you have no doubt about it and no reason not to sort at home!
Remember that batteries, light bulbs and ink cartridges are also recyclable and should not be discarded in the dustbin garbage because they contain component very harmful to the environment (mercury and other heavy metals in particular). Most shopping centers have collection points for these objects.
For the curious ones who want more information on what happens to the waste sent for recycling :
Give new life to his stuff.
You did not put this sweat since 3 or 4 years? That old furniture lying around in the attic will not serve anymore? You can give a second life to your stuff! You can either sell them on the internet or give them to associations or recycling companies. For clothing and small electronics, there are a lot of recycling stations, usually near shopping centers where you can leave your items to recycle.
Assessing its impact on the environment.
For those who want to know more, many sites allow to calculate its carbon footprint. You can assess the impact of your lifestyle on the environment with a more or less detailed questionnaire covering various topics such as housing, transport, food.
An example site to calculate its carbon emissions:
An example site to calculate its carbon footprint:
Above all, remember that there is no small step when 7 billion are doing it!