WORLD ANIMAL DAY
Today is October 4th: World Animal Day. I kind of love days like this because they help to raise awareness for all sorts of causes and so here I am talking about animals and a main issue that faces many species today: conservation and preservation of their habitats. Climate change, poaching and human interference has all contributed to the endangered species list or sadly become extinct. Knowing this can certainly make you feel quite helpless, but there are plenty of things you can do or contribute to which will make a difference. Education is the first step to that.
Now, obviously, it's everyone's consumer choice to make decisions on what they buy, but I'd love to encourage you to buy sustainable goods and make yourself aware of what you're buying, where it's coming from and the impact it has on our environment.
Buying home furniture, I really like the look of wooden products: wooden floors, cabinets etc. To make sure they're from a sustainable, legal source look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label. This symbol falls under the Rainforest Alliance, which you can also look for on most products. Click the photos below for more information.
Reducing the amount of paper you use will also assist in reducing the amount of deforestation of habitats taking place. I always try to use 100% recycled paper because it saves 24 trees per one tonne of paper. Think about the difference you could make without altering what you're using, just making sure it's sourced sustain-ably. Looking at the ingredients in your products too, especially for palm oil. You'll be shocked at how many of your everyday food products it's in and probably also at the devastating it causes. I understood it was bad but until researching it, I didn't fully know the impact. Being world animal day I thought I'd share with you some of the animal impact it has: 300 000 different animals found in Sumatra and Borneo are heavily effected by palm oil. Say No To Palm Oil is a perfect website to educate yourself more on wider effects of palm oil.
Supporting a range of charities which work towards conservation efforts is also super important too. It means that not only will we be changing how we consume at home and that impact but supporting organisations such as WWF are a perfect example. For as long as I can remember I've had an adopted polar bear for £3 a month, but WWF also have a range of endangered animals that you can support.
What organisations do you support? How aware were you of World Animal Day and what will you do now to help animals?