Earth Day gets people thinking about eating more granola out of recycled Hallmark cards and using more Mrs. Meyer’s while scrubbing off the spilled oat milk on the countertop. Thank you, Senator Gaylord Nelson and your hippie-like nature for creating a holiday that makes the average American more aware of the junk mail piling up in their kitchen.
Fact: More than 100 billion pieces of junk mail are delivered in the United States each year. We have 330 million people living in the USA. Let’s at go paperless with our bank statements, guys!!
Fact: Half the world’s tropical and temperate forests are now gone.
Follow up question: “Well, how does that affect me…….?” Says oat milk drinking, apple watch wearing young adult.
Answer: For starters, we rely on the rainforests to live because they stabilize the climate and absorb carbon dioxide. Thank you for your service, Rainforest Alliance. Not convinced yet? Okay, all you banana loving fools. You, ma’am, get your beloved yellow fruit from the tropical forests of places such as Guatemala and Costa Rica!
If we don’t protect the environment, it will soon be as extinct as that T-rex you read about. Like dinosaurs, the WFF has produced a list of endangered species. This post highlights the critically endangered species across the planet, many of which live in the tropical and temperate forests. “Hmmmm correlation, I see” -Yoda
#1: Amber the Amur Leopard
- Average speed: 37 miles per hour
- Population: ~84
- Illegally poached for the gorgeous spotted coats
#2: Billie the Black Rhino
- Black rhinos are one of the oldest groups of living mammals
- Population: 5,000 – 5,400
- Poached for their horns. The demand is rising, particularly in Vietnam and China
#3 Wesley the Western Lowland Gorilla (1 of 4 endangered gorillas)
- Forest habitat
- Population: unknown
- Even if all of the threats to western lowland gorillas were removed, scientists calculate that the population would require ~75 years to recover
These are only a few of the beautiful animals that are on the critically endangered list. What can we do to help?
Adopt one! Other ways we can all help keep the animals and their homes alive is by spreading awareness, being conscious of what’s going on all over the world, buy sustainable products, and more.
Examples of sustainable products:
- Wear AllBirds shoes
- Who Gives a Crap toilet paper – 50% of profits go to building toilets for those in need
- LED bulbs
- Reusable freezer and storage bags such as Stasher
- Reusable water bottles (specifically aluminum)
- Shorter showers LOL. But seriously!