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What You Can Do

At UNC

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a very environmentally conscious campus, and is one of the nation’s leaders in environmental activism. Awareness of the threats posed by kudzu as well as other invasive species should be spread throughout the general student body as well as to specific student groups associated with conservation and forest management.

Students interested in invasive species or other ecological problems should look into taking a plant biology, environmental science, or environmental geography course. If science isn’t your thing, environmental policy and decision making classes might be an option. Joining a student group is another excellent way to become active in conservation and sustainability. Some groups to join include:

Beyond UNC

Invasive species are a global issue, and so activism isn’t limited to on-campus initiatives. There are many environmental organizations spread across the United States as well as the rest of the world. There are also many professional opportunities in conservation, as it has gained more importance in the public. Spreading awareness of the dangers of kudzu and other foreign plants is also important, as well as exploring currently available and future solutions to such problems. If nothing else, being knowledgeable of the problem is key.

The most important thing everyone can do is to avoid creating more problems. Do not transplant non-native species into foreign habitats, and take care not to spread seeds of them either. Even plants that seem harmless in one habitat can turn into an invasive species in another. Also, those who already have invasive plants growing on their property can help stop the spread by removing them. When it comes to invasive species, prevention is the best strategy.

Courtesy of Galen Parks Smith, Wikimedia Commons

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