Help the Planet

Environment

Each animal should be treated with respect because all are important. Every individual counts, no matter how big or small, whether they are domestic or wild, or if they live on the land or in the sea. Help the Planet survive by treating it with respect also. This is paramount to every animal’s survival, and our own.

Everyone can help the planet and therefore our wildlife by making small changes in their daily lives. The list of changes you can make is endless. Here are a few suggestions …

Daily Inspirations

Nature ..

Do one more thing each day to preserve Nature.  Walk or bike to work.  Have electricity-free time where all lights and electronics are turned off. 

Lower your thermostat by one degree in the winter. Similarly, raise it by one degree in the summer. Couple this with planting deciduous trees in the garden by the south facing side of your home. Their leaves will keep your home cool in the summer. Additionally, their lack of leaves in the winter will permit the sun to keep your house warmer. 

Keep your cat indoors and dog on leash at all time to protect them and our local wildlife.

Teach your child to be kind to animals. This is not only good for the animals, it is also good for the child.

Get outside and let nature amaze you.

Far and away ..
Leave a small footprint when you travel. Whenever possible, enjoy the sites from the back of a bike or by foot rather than by car, boat, bus or plane. Use a canoe rather than motor boat. Take a bus rather than renting a car, walk rather than taking the bus.

Always check the fire pit and barbecue have been extinguished. Leave your campsite cleaner than you found it.

Keep shopping for souvenirs to a minimum.

Vacation locally.

Care for all ..

Always dispose of garbage in appropriate containers.  Recycle. Reuse. Reduce your use of chemical cleaners.

Decrease the environmental impact of your purchase by buying locally, decrease or cease completely using single-use plastics. Certainly support local government councillors who encourage programs to reduce plastic bag use.

Bring your own reusable bags to the grocery store. Always keep extra reusable bags in the trunk of your hybrid, fuel-efficient car.

Invest in cloth tote bags, but only keep as many as you need. Donate the remainder to others to keep the bags out of landfills.

Bulk up. Canadians generate approximately 31 million tonnes of garbage a year. Furthermore we recycle only approximately 30 per cent of that waste. Unfortunately, Canada has over 10,000 landfill sites. Excessive food packaging is a culprit so try to frequent bulk stores and local farmers’ market. Store bulk items in glass or stainless steel containers rather than plastic.

Encourage others to diminish their carbon footprint too.

Water ..

Don’t waste water by leaving the sprinkler active on your lawn longer than necessary. If you live in a Canadian city, all water running through your taps has been treated which has an associated environmental cost.

Stop using plastic water bottles. In Ontario alone, one billion plastic water bottles are sent to landfills every year, not to mention only 14% are recycled. Bottled water is about 2,000 times more energy-intensive to produce than tap water. Health Canada regulates tap water to ensure it meets strict limits for potentially harmful substances. Interestingly, bottled water is not subject to these high standards.

To filter out additional metals or chlorine from tap water, install a tap water filter.

Assess your reusable water bottle situation.  Do you really need more than two? Pass the extras on. Or re-purpose them. For example, water bottles with wide mouths can be used to hold dry snacks. They can also be decorated and used as a vase or to water indoor plants.

If you like sparkling water, make your own with a carbonation unit. Skip the pre-bottled version.

Inspiring moments ..

Maintain a plant-based diet. It is healthier for you as well as being better for the planet. Interestingly, according to Greenpeace, the livestock sector generates the same amount of greenhouse gases as all automobiles and trucks combined.

Go vegan one day a week, then two days, then maybe even three. Try a new vegan recipe once a week. Equally importantly, encourage your friends to do the same.  Have a vegan pot-luck. Take a vegan cooking course or purchase an online vegan recipe book.

A full vegan lifestyle is a cruelty free one. Something to which we should all aspire.

Exterior ..

Meet like-minded individuals by volunteering at a local wildlife sanctuary. Donate much-needed items, your professional skills or money to your favourite wildlife cause. Visit websites of wildlife sanctuaries to find out what they need that perhaps you could provide.

Visit charity volunteer opportunity sites on the internet to find a worthwhile cause for your skills.

Take a course in areas of study such as environmental preservation, gardening without chemicals, growing herbs organically, vegan living, pond design, or wild animal behaviour.

Don’t accept swag. It is time to re-think that logo-covered corporate swag that is given at sports events and corporate gatherings. Swag is wasteful. As an alternative, ask corporate sponsors to increase the amount of money they donate to a local fundraising event. They can have their name prominently displayed on the event’s program rather than handing out environmentally costly freebees.

Quiet garden ..

Plant a wild flower garden or tree. Of course grow the types of flowers that will attract birds and insects. Also, pull up weeds in your lawn rather than using herbicides.

Grow your own vegetables, herbs and fruit trees. Maximize the area for your vegetable garden, trees and flowers. Limit your lawn area.

Go organic. Don’t use chemical insecticides or fertilizers.

Collect rain water in a barrel for your garden’s use. Build a pond or install a water dish close to the ground for rabbits and other wildlife. Install a bird bath or two.

Cut back your perennials in the spring rather than the fall as they provide excellent winter cover for small mammals that do not hibernate.