5 simple things you can do to protect animals this Earth Day

We are constantly bombarded with reminders that our planet and the species living here are in trouble. There are melting ice caps, toxic chemicals in the air, pesticides in our food, species going extinct... These truths are overwhelming.

What can we do about it?

On this 45th anniversary of Earth Day, let’s remember that even small changes can make a difference if we commit to them and make them part of our everyday lifestyle.

Here are a few ideas I jotted down:

Download our Whale Alert App and share whale sightings. This alerts ships, rescuers and researchers to whale activity and contributes to ongoing whale research helping to better protect the giants of the sea.

Plant local flowers to help feed declining honey bee populations. Some favorites are Cosmos, Asters, Sunflowers, Marigolds, Primulas, Cornflowers, Lavender, and Bluebells.

Avoid using plastic bags to help protect marine life. Sea turtles like this Hawksbill often mistake plastic bags for jellyfish and eat them causing injury and death.

Save water – there are so many ways we can use less water in our daily lives: water your garden in the early morning or evening, turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, or even look at installing a rainwater tank.

Take IFAW’s Habitat Protection Pledge and protect animals and their habitats with these simple tips like organizing a beach clean-up, switching off the lights and using recycled paper.

Happy Earth Day!


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Cynthia Milburn, Director, Animal Welfare Outreach & Education
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