Protecting the Earth’s various species is a kindness toward the animals, but did you know that it helps our species too? As we gear up to Protect Our Species this Earth Day, the 22nd, let’s remember that these beautiful creatures are an integral part of a delicately balanced ecosystemand we can show kindness through protecting their lives and habitats. Here are just a few of the species the Earth Day Network notes as being at risk, and some things you can do to help!
Bees – Bees are natural pollinators and contribute to strong agricultural crop yield for both humans and food source growth for animals.
How can you be kind? Plant a bee-friendly garden with flowering plants (such as lavender, sage, sunflowers or daisies), support a ban of bee-killing pesticides and don’t use them in your garden, instead use natural pesticides if needed and fight global warming.
Whales – Whales are important to the marine ecosystem as they recycle important nutrients, can provide a food habitat for many species and are natural combatants to climate change by being carbon sequesters.
How can you be kind? Prevent ocean pollution by participating in beach and river clean ups, pick up litter, reduce your use of single-use plastics, buy seafood that has been sustainably sourced and don’t purchase products made from whales or whale byproducts like whale meat, certain perfumes and other beauty products.
Giraffes – Giraffes are experiencing habitat loss due to climate change, loss of their main source of food the acacia tree and are common victims of trophy hunting.
How can you be kind? Look out for products made from giraffes or giraffe byproducts. Avoid real pelt furniture and other home décor items. There are also many other ways you can help our giraffe friends, try researching the various initiatives that you resonate with to help spread awareness and help save these wonderful creatures.
Coral Reefs – Coral reefs are home to many species which find both food and shelter in the reef. Climate change, overfishing and chemical pollution are some of the threats to these beautiful underwater wonders.
How can you be kind? Use oxybenzone-free sunscreens, conserve water, prevent toxic runoff by avoiding chemical pesticides, be respectful if you snorkel or dive by not disturbing the reef or taking pieces of it and reduce your use of single-use plastics.
Are you inspired for your Earth Day celebrations? How will you take steps to protect the Earth’s species and spread kindness to the animal kingdom?