Our personal lifestyle choices have an effect on biodiversity.
Use these biodiversity tips to make a difference.
- Shower instead of taking a bath (or don’t fill the tub if you prefer bathing).
- Install water-saving toilets and shower heads.
- Fix all your leaking toilets and taps.
- Fill your kettle with only as much water as you need.
- Don’t leave taps running.
- Use a bucket to wash your car rather than a hosepipe.
- Become a water-wise gardener – get to know your garden and remove alien vegetation.
- Water your garden in the cooler early morning or evening hours to avoid rapid evaporation.
- If possible, install a rain-water tank.
- Treat all wildlife with respect.
- Get educated and inform others about endangered species.
- If you see a tortoise in the road, pick it up and place it safely in the direction it was moving.
- When visiting the beach, do not disturb the African black oystercatcher – southern Africa’s second rarest coastal breeding bird.
- Do not disturb or take wild animals out of their natural habitat.
- Reduce energy use in your home.
- Use energy-saving light bulbs.
- Turn off your geyser when it isn’t being used or turn the temperature down.
- Make more use of public transport and bicycles, especially for short journeys.
- Recycle more household waste, reducing the natural space needed for landfill sites and slowing the rates at which non-renewable raw materials are consumed.
- Use less chemicals in the garden and around the house.
- Be fire alert and don’t start fires you can’t stop.
- Attend to fires at all times.
- Make sure a fire is completely extinguished when you are finished with it.
- Open fires are only permitted in demarcated areas, in the fireplaces provided.
- Do not throw cigarette ends out your car window and make sure cigarettes are completely extinguished before throwing them away.
- Make sure that there are no illegal electrical connections in or near your home. Illegal and faulty electrical connections can get hot and start to burn.
- Report a burning veldfire immediately.
- Know your emergency numbers to report veldfires.
Contact your closest district emergency number immediately if you see a veldfire.
City of Cape Town: 107 (or 021 480 7700 if you are calling from a cellphone)
Overberg: 028 425 1690
West Coast: 022 433 8700
Eden: 044 805 5071
Central Karoo: 023 414 2603
Cape Winelands: 021 887 4446