Five easy ways to help Mother Nature from your home
Stuck inside and not sure how you can participate in this year’s Earth Day? You’re not alone. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, but because of COVID-19, all in-person events have either been canceled or transitioned online. While you can’t join a rally or a beach cleanup, there are still individual actions you can take to make a difference.
Reduce your meat intake
99% of animals raised for food in the United States live on factory farms. These intensive animal agricultural facilities seek to maximize productivity and profit while minimizing costs. As a result, they produce large amounts of waste that drain into our water supply, increase levels of soil and air pollution as well as contribute to deforestation.
By reducing your meat intake and shifting to more plant-based foods, World Animal Protection expects factory farming to phase out, which in turn will result in a healthier planet. What’s more, eating less meat also means fewer animals suffering on factory farms, the largest source of animal cruelty in the world.
Staying at home means you may have extra time to read and binge shows on Netflix, like What the Health, Forks Over Knives, or The Game Changers. Take this time to boost your knowledge of animal welfare, the environment, climate change, and anything else that sparks your interest.
Join Earth Day Live from April 22-24
Just because you can’t attend in-person doesn’t mean you can’t participate online. Sign up to join Earth Day Live, a three-day live stream event hosted by US climate change activists, that includes speakers, voter registration, and performances. Learn more at earthdaylive2020.org
Purchase high-welfare meat
By purchasing higher-welfare meat and other animal products, you’ll be sending a strong message to the industry and retailers that you value animal welfare and the environment. You see, when small-scale farms commit to raising their animals using high-welfare practices—such as eliminating cages or reducing stocking density—they’re not only improving the lives of farmed animals, but they’re also reducing their environmental impact. As the market for higher-welfare meat grows, the industry will shift in response to this demand, thus improving the lives of billions of farmed animals and safeguarding our planet.