I was cruising along my Monday morning, whistling and tweeting when I saw such a disturbing fact, that if I were driving and heard it on the radio, I’d have swerved off the road. I apologize in advance for the “Hyde” side that can’t sit still inside me, dormant any longer on this topic. So today, I need to interrupt my regularly scheduled post to bring you this information.
Did you know that the world today has 50% less animals than it did in 1970? Here’s the full article with the maddening details on High Country News. That’s just a mere 45 years ago and we humans have been around a lot longer than that! So far, we have managed to stamp out billions of animals due to pollution, trophy hunting, overfishing, pesticides, tearing down their habitats for more McMansions, you name it. We did it. I hope that this serves as a call to action for at least some of you – whether or not you are directly affecting the wildlife population, you know people who are. You may not be consciously going out and buying ivory jewelry or spraying toxic pesticides on your weeds, but there are some things we need to tighten up in our daily lives to help. So I implore you today, share this post with everyone you know. Let’s save the animals before it’s too late! Keep reading on for some ways you can help. No one is helpless in this fight, except the animals. We can all make changes that will affect their future.
Do you want to share fond memories with your children of seeing a peaceful deer on your child’s first hike? Then help spread the word to stop trophy hunting. Or how about watching a beautiful whale majestically breaching out of the water on a romantic seaside getaway with your husband or wife? Then support the organizations dedicated to saving the whales. I am not going to share disgusting photos or scenarios of what’s happening out in the real world because God knows, I’ve seen it and want to wash my eyes out every time. But what I want to do is share with you what you can do, even in your tiny corner of the planet. Speaking of that God guy, I wonder what He thinks about all this. I know it’s a touchy subject, this God thing, and I’m not here to preach, but we still need a complete re-do here on our thoughts towards animals and the environment. I mean, it’s no longer a political or religious thing – it really never was. We all live here on the same planet, don’t we? Then why isn’t it a human issue instead of a political agenda? I’m not trying to re-write the Bible, but I don’t think God said, “go out and kill everything you can, and oh yeah, make sure you cut down all the trees and burn down the earth I provided for you”. Sorry, I digress. 😉
Now, let’s get down to some ways you can help, because we all can!
- Choose native plants for your yard. By choosing them, you are helping conserve the local birds, bees and other wildlife that depends on it for shelter and food.
- Please for the love of all things human and decent, do NOT use weed killer. There is scientific proof that Round Up, among other toxic pesticides have gravely affected the Monarch butterfly population as well as many other species that don’t make the news. You can use your two best tools in the shed (your two hands) to pull the weeds or even use vinegar which I have personally used and it works. Just don’t spray every other plant living around the weed, or you’ll kill those off, too.
- Shop your local farmers markets and support the organic farmers who don’t use chemicals on their crops. Unfortunately, as we move into fall, many of us are losing our farmers markets until next spring, but you can buy organic in your grocery store and ask the produce manager if there’s anything that they buy locally.
- Reduce, reuse and recycle please. I know there’s a lot of negative publicity on this topic lately, but anything you divert from the landfill is a good thing. Landfills take up valuable space, give off toxic gases and are just a huge waste of land and we can’t make magically more of it. Birds and animals that get in there are subject to the poisons we throw out. Poison = death and so do landfills. I don’t want my house built on top of a former toxic dump, do you? So, just recycle what you can and reduce your waste. I love upcycling and do a lot of DIY’s on here, so keep those items you don’t know what to do with handy and I’ll show you what you can create with them.
- Ok, don’t clobber me, but this one is for all you speed demons out there. Myself included on a late Monday morning…slow down! Millions of animals are killed by our inattentiveness on the road or lack of care. “It’s only one small bird, so what?” But what if we all said that? How many “small birds”, raccoons, possums, deer, armadillo (because these poor things are really dumb when they cross the road) would we have left if we all stopped caring? Please, just slow down and practice caution while driving. The more cars we have on the road, the less chance they have to survive.
- If you can’t hop a plane to Africa to help save the lions, then support worthy organizations that are out there on the frontline doing just that. I would recommend researching on your own, but they all need our help doing the dirty work, saving our precious wildlife and animals. From pet rescues to wildlife conservation, there’s an organization out there with your name on it. If you don’t have money, donate your time. Maybe it’s time you volunteered at the local shelter to walk a dog today. Or maybe your conscience won’t let you alone with the pay raise you got last month and you need to commit to donating every month to a worthy cause. Here is an in depth look at many of the animal welfare charities out there, ranging from farm animal rescues to wildlife and nature conservation. http://www.animalcharityevaluators.org/recommendations/list-organizations/
Ok, so this is my first crack at it -putting together a list for you of ways to help the animals. I hope I didn’t tick you off and that you made it to the end. My goal was not to upset you, but to bring us closer together. To share ways to help them, our planet and each other. Besides, what are you doing going 95 miles per hour in a 55 mile an hour zone anyway???
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