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Individuals can also use the Conservation Hierarchy to guide their daily choices across a range of decisions towards achieving a no net loss or net gain lifestyle

Meat and diary consumption and terrestrial ecosystems Fish consumption and marine ecosystems Consumer goods and waste reduction Transport and carbon emissions
Avoid
  • Avoid consuming high impact meat products such as beef
  • Avoid consuming seafood products all together
  • Stop buying plastic packaged products
  • Stop buying non-essential brand new electronics or clothing items
  • Ride a bicycle to work instead of driving a car
  • Avoid non-essential long-haul flights
Proactive Conservation Actions
  • Advocate for better environmental policies in your country or vote for green governments
  • Engage with and share environmental messages on social media, and encourage healthy engagement with environmental issues amongst your family, friends and peers
  • Donate time or money to a local or international conservation charity or wildlife trust
  • Support local wildlife to flourish on your private property, e.g. through planting native flora and creating habitats for wildlife
  • Make sustainable consumer choices
  • Participate in citizen science schemes to gather data on nature in your area
Minimise
  • Minimise the impact of consuming other meat and dairy products, by… 
    • Consuming less of it (e.g. 3 times per week instead of every day)
    • Substituting lamb for chicken, or substituting dairy milk for oat milk where possible
    • Only purchasing meat or dairy products from local environmentally-friendly producers
  • Only purchase seafood products which are selectively and sustainably caught, e.g. with eco-labels, or from companies which are recommended in sustainable seafood guides
  • Refrain from purchasing seafood products with high bycatch ratios or large environmental footprints, such as shrimp and prawn which are caught in trawls.
  • Ensure any plastic purchased is recyclable, and then properly recycled
  • Purchase second hand or up-cycled electronics or clothing items, or purchase products which are sustainably and ethically made
  • Fix items as opposed to buying new ones
  • Participate in a ride-sharing scheme
  • Take a bus or train instead of a car
Remediate
  • Donate time or money to a local wildlife charity who are working with livestock farmers to improve their practices or restoring ecosystems that have been degraded by animal agriculture
  • Repurpose food waste to compost via local authority scheme
  • Donate time or money to a local marine conservation group who are working with fish producers to ensure sustainability and re-stocking of affected fish populations
  • Repurpose food waste to compost via local authority scheme
  • Get involved in a beach clean, or pick up trash in your local area
  • Give any old electronics or clothing items to a second hand store to ensure they’re used again
  • Plant trees and other greenery in gardens, public spaces and near roads to soak up carbon dioxide and reduce noise and light pollution
Offset
  • Cultivate local wildlife which is threatened by animal agriculture (such as birds, butterflies and hedgehogs) in your own back garden
  • Participate in citizen science research to support conservation
  • Donate to an international forest conservation charity
  • Volunteer for a local marine conservation charity
  • Donate to an international marine conservation charity
  • Donate to a charity focused on developing innovate waste management solutions in countries with limited facilities
  • Pay towards a carbon-offsetting scheme
  • Plant trees in your back garden