Plant and animal extinction rates are 1,000 times higher than the natural rate because of human activity. Habitat destruction due to urbanization, human-induced climate change, harvesting of natural resources, and agricultural expansion have killed countless species and jeopardized entire ecological communities. People and companies have the power to help balance this environmental disaster. As customers, we can do this by buying less and only spending our money on long-lasting, responsibly made products labeled with fair trade, organic, or BLUESIGN certification. We can also support organizations working to protect the natural environment. One of our favorites in this category is The Nature Conservancy. Donate to them by visiting www.nature.org. We are all on this planet together, and we must work together to protect it.