3 Easy Ways to Protect Wildlife on Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! This year’s theme is Invest in Our Planet—a cause near and dear to our hearts.

Our friends in the wild are disappearing at an alarming rate as a result of human activity. Poaching, climate change, pollution, and habitat loss are devastating our planet. Thankfully, there’s hope! If we work together, we can save endangered species from total extinction.

Here are three easy ways you and your family can help protect at-risk species and improve the health of our planet:

“Adopt” an Endangered Animal 
If you’ve read The Nocturnals, you probably love Tobin the sweet pangolin as much as we do. We certainly can’t imagine a world without pangolins, but time is running out for this critically endangered animal. Check out the World Wildlife Fund, which runs a wonderful “adoption” program. You can join the effort to free pangolins from poachers and save their habitat! For more information, visit their website.

Reuse to Eliminate Plastic
Did you know that our oceans are polluted with 5 trillion pieces of plastic? This poses a threat to all life, but marine animals are especially affected. Whales, fish, turtles, and other ocean life ingest plastic or get trapped in it, causing death. To help, replace any daily disposable items with reusable ones, like reusable bags for shopping, metal straws for any drinks, and washable containers for leftovers. These small routine changes make a big difference! For more information, visit One Green Planet.

Use Your Voice
Let your local leaders know how important protecting wildlife and preserving the environment is to you. Start by signing petitions, writing letters to your representatives, and sharing information on social media. You can also shop at responsible, eco-friendly businesses instead of those that are known polluters. Before long, those companies will take notice and adopt environmentally conscious policies.

These tips are just some of the many ways you and your family can help invest in our planet. To find out more about how you can do your part, visit Earth Day's official website.