This Endangered Species Day we are celebrating the animals that need our help and taking action to protect them to ensure a healthy planet for every species within it.
We need a balanced ecosystem. Wildlife species are vital to the health of the ecosystem and our planet. Once these species go extinct, it throws off the balance within the ecosystem - the loss of one species triggers another, then another…
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, about one-third of all known species are threatened with extinction globally. And a quarter of native mammals are now at risk of extinction in the UK as reported by the Mammal Society.These species are going extinct at an alarming rate. As humans, we need a healthy, sustainable ecosystem to survive. This ensures clean water and air and food and agricultural resources.Our health depends on our wildlife surviving and thriving.
8 ways to take action and protect Endangered Species.
We all can help protect the most critically Endangered Species (even from home!) We have put together 8 ways everyone can take action to stand up for endangered wildlife.
Post on social media. Helps raise awareness of the threats endangered species face and how important it is to protect them. Post on social using the hashtag #EndangeredSpeciesDay.
Watch a movie or show about wildlife. Grab some snacks and turn on a programme highlighting our beautiful planet. Some great recommendations are Our Planet (Netflix), Planet Earth 1 & 2 (Discover Channel), A Life on our Planet (Netflix) and The Blue Planet 1 & 2 (BBC).
Take a virtual safari or tour. Companies like AndBeyond and AfriCam feature free video safaris, tours, and experiences on their websites.
Never purchase products made from threatened or endangered species. Avoid buying products, souvenirs, items and supporting the illegal wildlife market. Here’s a National Geographic article with items to avoid!
Travel responsibly. When traveling, be sure to lead with compassion and avoid activities that exploit endangered or threatened species, such as animal rides or trophy hunting.
Make your home wildlife-friendly. Be sure to lock your trashcans, never feed wild animals, and feed your pets indoors. If you have a birdbath, make sure it’s disinfected often to avoid disease!
Reduce your plastic waste. Animals are harmed due to the plastic we throw away, they get tangled in plastic waste and an insane amount of plastic ends up in the ocean. Bring reusable bags to the shop, buy a reusable water bottle and coffee cup and properly dispose of your plastic products. Here are other ways you can reduce your plastic pollution from my Plastic Free Life.