Earth Day 2019 - 'Protect Our Species' What We Need To Do

                       “In nature, nothing exists alone.”
                         — Rachel Carson, 1962

April 22nd is Earth Day and every year since 1970 people have campaigned, raised awareness and been the advocates for important issues. Every year there is a different focus that educates for the good of the planet and one that greatly affects it as well.

The theme for this year is ‘Protect Our Species’, unfortunately many years of human activity and mistreating nature’s offerings has led to the worst rate of possible extinction since the era of the dinosaurs – except this has been solely caused by humans.

The Mass Extinction of Many Include:

Insects (including Bees)

Coral Reef

Elephants

Whales

Much more..

What Is Driving The Process Of Extinction?

Over Exploitation Of Species:

  • Growing demand for animal products and unsustainable agriculture. As the population increases so does the need for more food. This in turn is affecting the planet's ability to keep up and provide.
  • Sporting/ Animal hunting                                                                                   

Habitat Loss

- Habitat destruction for needs of humanity and our growing needs, annihilating and filling in wetlands, dredging rivers, mowing fields, and deforestation.

- Habitat degradation is where there has been a disruption the eco system. Things like pollution and disruption of ecosystem processes due to the global warming that then affects habitats which can no longer support the native wildlife.

Climate change

Is happening, right now and has been for a while all over the world.   Contributing factors: over mining the earth’s resources, pollution and the human race’s ever-growing needs. 

But there is hope…

If ecosystems are continually depleted at this unsustainable rate the planet will not be able to replenish or sustain thus threatening many different species and also our way of life.

How To Help Save Our Coral Reef

  • Use sunscreens that are oxybenzone-free. Shop coral safe sunscreen
  • Recycle everything, regardless of where you live (even garbage from inland landfills can reach the ocean).
  • Stop using all chemical pesticides and fertilizers, regardless of whether you live close to the ocean. Check with your local organic gardening companies to find great alternatives to reef-killing chemicals.
  • Don’t buy coral or home aquarium fish unless you know they were legally and sustainably collected.
  • Make a conscious effort to make eco positive changes and go green to help protect the environment and fight global warming
  • Take personal steps to eliminate plastic pollution

Actions We Can Take To Preserve Insects:

  • Use non toxic fertilizers and pesticides
  • Use natural remedies and non toxic products when repelling insects
  • Plant Bee Loving plants in your garden like hyacinth, sage, calendula, lavender, thyme, Sunflower, geranium, wild lilac, echinacea and snapdragons 
  • Be eco conscious and take steps to protect our environment
  • Growing plants that are native to your local ecosystem is also a great step to support and attract the local insect population.
  • Educate those around you to the importance of insects and bees to our eco system and way of life.

How To Help Ehe extinction Of Elephants and Whales

These animals may be far away, but we can still contribute to helping drive change!

  • Practice Sustainable Tourism: Only travel with companies that are certified as sustainable. If you are fortunate enough to see an animal in the wild, make sure that your interaction is respectful.
  • Do not purchase products that have been made with ivory or animal skins
  • Prevent ocean pollution, eliminate plastic products and take part in regular waterway clean ups.
  • Support sustainable fishing, by only purchasing sustainable seafood, you can help prevent further harm to whales.

 

Change is happening. We can do this together xx

Be well x

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