3 Easy Ways to Protect Wildlife on Earth Day!

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Happy Earth Day! 

This year’s theme is Planet vs. Plastics. Pollution poses a threat to all wildlife, and our friends in the wild are disappearing at an alarming rate as a result of human activity. 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:

Reuse to Eliminate Plastic
Did you know that our oceans are polluted with five 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 avoid this, replace any daily disposable items with reusable ones, like reusable bags for shopping, metal straws for drinks, and washable containers for leftovers. These small routine changes make a big difference! You can sign the Global Plastics Treaty petition and learn more at EarthDay.org.

“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.

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 irresponsible 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.