The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is a great source of reliable and up-to-date information. They have an inclusive policy of stakeholder participation and have active stakeholder networks for those who would like to be more involved (e.g. ONet).
The next IUCN World Conservation Congress will take place in Marseille (dates TBA). Decisions taken at the congress will help to shape global priorities for the coming decade, beyond conservation and across all of the Sustainable Development Goals. For the first time, the IUCN Congress will have an area specially dedicated to the general public: Nature Generation Area. With no cost of admission, visitors can immerse themselves in the topics covered in the Congress through workshops, screenings, and other activities. Attending the full congress is pricey but there are very attractive rates for youth participants, and for day passes for everyone.
What you can do
There are many ways that each individual can make a big impact. It is important to remember this and to maintain a hopeful outlook.
- Sign or start petitions, vote for people and policies that will make a difference and lobby elected representatives to ensure that they know your concerns
- Buy less. If you do need to buy things, consider second hand or recycled items. Cut down on plastic and support companies who prioritise sustainability.
- Eat more plants. Reduce your food waste to as little as possible. Buy local, seasonal produce.
- Travel by walking, cycling or public transport whenever possible.
- Help pollinators by leaving grass to grow – even a small patch is useful. Don’t use pesticides. There are some great tips available courtesy of the All Ireland Pollinator Plan.
- Save energy by switching off appliances not in use. Wash clothes at low temperatures and don’t heat your home more than you need to. Use energy efficient appliances. Delete any emails which are not needed.
- Support and participate in organisations (at any level) who are working to combat biodiversity loss and climate change.
- Keep reading and searching for new ideas for what you can do. Talk about them with your friends and family.