With the Pope honing in on his climate message in his first ever visit to the U.S., and world leaders gearing up for the UN Paris climate talks, climate change and other pressing environmental issues are finally getting more attention on the worldwide stage.
People have taken to Twitter to offer their serious and not so serious ideas of how to #SaveThePlanetIn4Words. Many people were pleading "Don't Vote For Trump." Also popular was "Cancel The Kardashians Immediately." Sorry, Kourtney and Khloe.
Here are my favorite 20 best ideas:
1. By far one of the most popular solutions
#SaveThePlanetIn4Words Don't vote for Trump http://t.co/8kDwMoFtI8— Brendan McInnis (@Brendan McInnis)1443103922.0
2. Go 100 percent renewable
#SaveThePlanetIn4Words --> 100 percent clean energy. #ActOnClimate— Sierra Club (@Sierra Club)1443111094.0
3. See number 2 for additional guidance on this one
Stop Arctic oil drilling. #SaveThePlanetIn4Words http://t.co/eFF0Rug5Mo— Greenpeace USA (@Greenpeace USA)1443122704.0
4. Let's protect our oceans
Secure Marine Protected Areas #SaveThePlanetIn4Words— Marine Conservation (@Marine Conservation)1443122237.0
5. This is good for you and the planet
Walk instead. Bike instead. #SaveThePlanetIn4Words http://t.co/TWoSUprpDV— Metro Bike (@Metro Bike)1443113197.0
6. You know, they say his word is infallible
Listen to the pope! #SaveThePlanetIn4Words #PopeInDC Demand a global climate agreement: http://t.co/s53YkuAF6S http://t.co/vMx0QtCyzN— Climate Reality (@Climate Reality)1443105845.0
Give #wildlife a future. #SaveThePlanetIn4Words http://t.co/7oNAdIaJUH— AWF (@AWF)1443107614.0
How to #SaveThePlanetIn4Words: Align targets with science http://t.co/U7P2AcaVn9 http://t.co/4C1aswZUDO— CDP (@CDP)1443113024.0
Stop killing the bees #SaveThePlanetIn4Words http://t.co/7cZUr4WDWq— magna (@magna)1443103869.0
10. Save the trees
#SaveThePlanetIn4Words Say No To Deforestation http://t.co/18RT2Yb0bO— Farhan Khan Virk (@Farhan Khan Virk)1443120813.0
11. Your mom was right. Eat your veggies!
Less meat; more veggies. #SaveThePlanetIn4Words http://t.co/4BYFFCu0z5— Paul Shapiro (@Paul Shapiro)1443111184.0
12. As Pope Francis says, it's the "dung of the devil"
#SaveThePlanetIn4Words Just Stop Capitalism Now! http://t.co/pvh8pbcMvy— Carlos Latuff (@Carlos Latuff)1443111061.0
13. Something I think we can all get on board with
Clean Water, Air, Energy #SaveThePlanetIn4Words #COP21— Gary Wockner (@Gary Wockner)1443118988.0
14. Climate change affects everyone, so we all need to join together
Help Indigenous People Unite #SaveThePlanetIn4Words #COP21— Terry Odendahl (@Terry Odendahl)1443118927.0
15. Though it would technically be five words, I have to agree with you on this one
I'm really #Tempted to say- "DO AS @MarkRuffalo SAYS" on #SaveThePlanetIn4Words trend..... 🌎🌏🌍— Susmita Shahnaz (@Susmita Shahnaz)1443113503.0
16. This goes without saying, but without water we die
#SaveThePlanetIn4Words Save Glaciers, Save Water http://t.co/X5jpCCsykY— Farhan Khan Virk (@Farhan Khan Virk)1443119476.0
17. Not a bad idea
#SaveThePlanetIn4Words Bring Back The CCC. Put unemployed youth to work saving the planet. @rarey4 http://t.co/rLLd5i0vj9— Paul M. Sparrow (@Paul M. Sparrow)1443120800.0
18. Well, we know this isn't going to happen
Everybody gets a planet! #SaveThePlanetIn4Words http://t.co/B5Wsf4WPTG— Doc (@Doc)1443105047.0
19. So let's do this
Commit to climate, now! #SaveThePlanetIn4Words #COP21 http://t.co/vTPqNEVSGx— ClimateStore (@ClimateStore)1443112786.0
20. But don't forget
Keep Sharing Your Love #SaveThePlanetIn4Words #ShareTheExperience @USFWS p: Gregory Teller http://t.co/iueHWdLKOL http://t.co/EkWjioNVnG— Share the Experience (@Share the Experience)1443113677.0
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Biodiversity and Habitat Loss<p>Their near extinction is a symbol of the <a href="https://www.dw.com/en/global-biodiversity-outlook-targets-extinction-summit-new-york-pledge/a-54932895" target="_blank">biodiversity crisis</a> in the UK, largely driven by habitat destruction. Britain is now one of the countries with the most <a href="https://www.wwf.org.uk/future-of-UK-nature#:~:text=The%20UK%20is%20one%20of,than%20half%20are%20in%20decline" target="_blank">depleted nature</a> in the world according to the World Wildlife Fund. Half its plant and animal species are in decline and more than <a href="https://www.rspb.org.uk/about-the-rspb/about-us/media-centre/press-releases/let-nature-sing-wales/#:~:text=a%20natural%20tragedy.-,Over%2040%20million%20birds%20have%20vanished%20from%20UK%20skies%20in,unaware%20of%20the%20impending%20danger" target="_blank">40 million birds</a> have vanished in just half a century.</p><p>"[Turtle doves] are the canary in the [coal] mine because there are all these other species before it and after it," said Tree. "It's an umbrella for all the other species that are heading that way."</p><p>Turtle doves migrate south through Europe to sub-Saharan Africa between July and September, ending up in dry woodland and farmland areas of countries like Mali and Senegal for winter. </p><p>Droughts in West Africa and the Sahel region are believed to have contributed to the fall in turtle dove species recorded in northern Europe, with low rainfall reducing supplies of the seeds and insects the birds rely on for energy for the long journey home.</p>
Conservation and Farming<p><a href="https://www.operationturtledove.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Operation Turtle Dove,</a> a partnership project of charities including the Essex Wildlife trust, works with landowners and farmers to actively build turtle dove habitat.</p><p>Outten works with <a href="https://www.ebws.org.uk/birdsites/blue-house-farm-ewt-north-fambridge" target="_blank">Blue House Farm</a>, a 660-acre nature reserve in the UK county of Essex, where they have replicated weedy fallow plots. </p><p>"We work on it every year to make sure it's in the condition it needs to be with plants such as clovers and black medic," Outten said. "These plants are native to the landscape and produce the seed the birds feed on." </p><p>The birds eat a wide range of seeds from various plants that would have been abundant 50 or 100 years ago, added Guy Anderson, program manager for species recovery with The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). </p><p>"But it's simply true that with the gradual process of <a href="https://www.dw.com/en/farming-without-pesticides-how-can-we-make-agriculture-greener/a-52216796" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">intensifying our agricultural production</a>, the availability of those seeds has dropped and dropped," said Anderson.</p><p>Part of the project includes supplementary feeding — providing sources of food in the form of seed or grain. Under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme in England, farmers can receive financial support to create a turtle dove habitat. </p><p>Though they haven't recorded an increase in doves across the sites in the four years of working on the project, Outten said they are seeing improvements in how landowners and farmers manage habitat for the birds. </p>
A Turtle Dove Haven<p>The 3,500-acre Knepp Estate in West Sussex is another project taking a different approach and one of the few places where turtle dove numbers are increasing.</p><p>Isabella Tree and her husband Charlie Burrell converted their intensively farmed land into a rewilding project almost 20 years ago. They have let the land return to nature.</p><p>Just one year after they'd finished <a href="https://www.dw.com/en/uks-most-talented-architects-are-not-human/a-35952128" target="_blank">rewilding</a> the southern part of their property, they heard turtle doves for the first time. It's now a breeding hotspot for the birds with an estimated 19 pairs. Knepp is also home to <a href="https://www.rewildingbritain.org.uk/rewilding/rewilding-projects/knepp-estate" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">2% of the UK's population</a> of nightingales. </p><p>Tree is critical of supplementary feeding schemes that, in her view, are short term. She questions the chances of turtle doves getting to feed on scattered seeds before other mammals eat them first.</p>
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