5 ways to invest in our planet and protect wildlife for Earth Day


April 22 of each year marks “Earth Day” - a day to remind us of our responsibility to protect the planet and all its inhabitants. From advocating for wildlife-friendly policies to choosing sustainable and humane products, there are many ways to make a positive impact on the environment and wild animals every day.

The state of our planet is dire. Climate change, habitat destruction, and pollution are just some of the issues that threaten all life on earth – animals and humans alike. Populations of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, and reptiles have declined by an average of 69% since 1970, largely due to human activities, such as deforestation, overfishing, and the use of harmful chemicals. We must act now. 

This year’s Earth Day theme, "Invest in Our Planet," urges individuals and organizations to take action to protect our planet's biodiversity, combat climate change, and ensure a sustainable future. This involves supporting eco-friendly practices, protecting wildlife and their habitats, and advocating for policies that prioritize environmental protection. 

The importance of investing in wildlife protection  

Investing in wildlife protection is fundamental to safeguarding our shared planet.  

The health of our planet and all its inhabitants depend on the well-being of wildlife populations, which play a crucial role in ecosystem functions such as pollination, seed dispersal, and nutrient cycling. By protecting wildlife habitats, we can reduce the impact of climate change, such as flooding and erosion, while supporting communities that rely on wildlife for things such as eco-tourism. It is also important to recognize the ethical considerations, as animals are sentient beings and should be treated with respect and compassion. 

Simple ways to invest in our planet and protect wildlife  

There are many ways individuals can invest in our planet and protect wildlife. Here are just a few of those examples: 

1. Support wildlife conservation efforts 

Support organizations that work to protect wildlife and their habitats, such as wildlife sanctuaries, nature preserves, and conservation charities. 

World Animal Protection partners with sanctuaries like Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Romania, Balkasar Bear Sanctuary in Pakistan, ChangChill elephant sanctuary in Thailand, and more. Your support can help to feed and care for the hundreds of wild animals in these sanctuaries that have been rescued from cruel captivity. 

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A rescued bear relaxing in a sanctuary

Tanya, a rescued bear, enjoying her outdoor space at Libearty Bear Sanctuary

2. Reduce your carbon footprint 

One of the most effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to eat more plant-based foods. The production of meat and dairy products is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, as well as deforestation and water pollution. By choosing more plant-based options, you can help reduce your carbon footprint and support sustainable food practices.

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A bowl of vegetables plant-based diet

3. Advocate for wildlife-friendly policies 

Another way to invest in our planet and protect wildlife is to advocate for wildlife-friendly policies. This includes supporting regulations that protect wild animals and addressing the global wildlife trade, which is a significant threat to many species. 

Wild animal ownership laws in Canada need to change
While there are some regulations around the ownership and trade of wild animals, there are significant gaps that need to be addressed in order to protect wild animals in Canada.
The global wildlife trade is a cruel and devastating industry that is driving many species to the brink of extinction, and it needs to be urgently ended to ensure the survival of our planet's precious wildlife.
Tiger on a chain
Too many wild animals spend their entire lives suffering both mentally and physically all in the name of entertainment and profit. Help us stop this needless abuse.

4. Choose sustainable and humane products 

Factory farming not only causes animal suffering, but it also contributes significantly to climate change and environmental degradation. By choosing humane products, such as meat, eggs, and dairy from animals raised in more natural and humane conditions, you can support sustainable food practices and reduce harm caused to animals and the environment.  

Download your guide to decoding grocery store labels to help you choose more humane options.

5. Support wildlife-friendly tourism 

Support wildlife-friendly tourism practices by opting for ethical activities and avoiding those that involve captive animals for entertainment. Choose activities that support wildlife conservation and promote animal welfare, such as visiting national parks or observing animals in their natural habitats. By doing so, you can help protect wildlife and their habitats, and contribute to a more sustainable future. 

Learn more about animal cruelty in the travel industry and how you can be a wildlife-friendly traveller.

A bear in a cage