So, like, more than 50% of all species that existed when I was born are now extinct. Not just threatened — extinct. The majority of species extinctions happen because of habitat destruction. This has gotten sort of buried in the news. But I have good news for you. One of the ten biodiversity hotspots in the world is the Mediterranean cork oak forests. Turns out if you simply buy wine with cork closures, you help keep demand going for these sustainable trees, which are part of diverse ecosystems (and, no worries: just the bark is harvested — I traipsed around in cork oak forests and factories so you don’t have to), Turns out you can actually make a difference this holiday season by making this easy choice. If you’re feeling the need to do something positive right about now in this sorry-ass world, this one’s a no-brainer. Cheers.