May 

 Wildlife Conservation Month 

"We are in the the sixth mass extinction, with about 200 species going extinct everyday" (Greta Thunberg's speech at the Extinction Rebellion) Wildlife conservation is a key step in saving our environment. Every species, from a tiny ladybug to a giant humpback whale, play a part in the balance of our environment. There are keystone species going extinct and the very balance of their ecosystems are collapsing. There are ways we can save the wildlife and protect our environment. Join us this month to see how you can protect wildlife from the comfort of your home.

 WEEK 1: 

Buy responsibly. This week when shopping make sure to buy ethical, organic, cruelty free products. You can shop for organic produce or cruelty free shampoo. There are so many options that are better for you and for the environment. And especially don't buy products that contain animal parts from endangered species. Here is a list of products and stores that are eco-friendly:

 

 WEEK 2: 

Speak up! This week we challenge you to post on social media about why wildlife conservation is important. If you aren't really sure how to phrase your post or want evidence to support your post, here are some great articles and reasons why we need to protect wildlife:

  • Wildlife Conservation | National Geographic Society

  • Throughout the development of our world, oceans and rivers have provided us with fish;  plants gave us fruits and vegetables; forests provided us with wildmeat; ecosystems took care of our clean water and weather.

  • Moreover, we started domesticating wild animals to make them our livestock. These animals would provide us with food and clothes. We trained wild canines to hunt and guard us, they developed over the years to become dogs.

  • Wild birds, bats, squirrels and bees enable fruit trees fertilization process and the production of seeds. By helping pollination process wild animals ensure that we have forests and woodlands. And from these forests we are able to built houses for shelter, furniture for comfort living. We also use the wood to make a fire and keep us warm, to build ships to cross oceans and make books to carry knowledge. Wildlife helps us to make it possible easier.

  • For more reasons why look at the article we pulled evidence from:

 WEEK 3: 

Make your home friendly to wildlife! If you have a yard or porch that wildlife could easily access, such as hummingbirds, you can put a hummingbird feeder up. This is very helpful to hummingbirds to hydrate and get all the nutrients they need easily. Here is how to set up a hummingbird feeder:

 WEEK 4: 

In the previous months, we have worked on starting on more eco-friendly habits, conserving water, disposing of items properly, using less plastic, etc. These habits and challenges you have been participating in our saving wildlife. Making sure to apply all the habits that we have been using, will not only produce less carbon emissions, but also protect wildlife and the natural world.

Here are tips that you can still implement into your day that will also help protect wildlife:

  • Use reusable bags 

  • Use glass Tupperware

  • Turn off the water when you are brushing your teeth, washing your face, etc.

  • Shop organic, local, cage-free, when buying food

  • Look at the previous months to find more tips and ways to protect wildlife and the natural world 

 Tag us in your posts @dearearthteam when participating in the challenges!