Earth Day is commonly recognized as the largest earthly observance around the world. This celebration is recognized by more than a billion people every year as a day of action to change human behavior and create local, national, and global policy changes.
What Is Earth Day?
Earth Day is a day for educating people about conservation, global warming, protesting against climate change and inspiring volunteering for the good of the planet. Teaching people about the importance of a clean environment is becoming more urgent due to the effects of climate change becoming more and more real every day.
Prior to the first Earth Day, Americans were consuming huge amounts of leaded gas in their immense and wasteful vehicles. Businesses often pumped out smoke and sludge with no accountability or consequences from laws or fear of bad press.The bottom line is that air pollution was commonly accepted until Earth Day was born.
Earth Day was created to teach Americans the growing environmental concerns and the dangers pollution in the environment has on human health.
When is Earth Day?
The birth of the modern Earth Day movement began April 22, 1970. Every year on April 22, Earth Day is now celebrated.
The first Earth Day inspired more than 20 million Americans to take part. By the year 2000, more than 5,000 environmental groups in 184 countries recognized the day.
Why Is Earth Day Important?
It is very important to celebrate Earth day every year because it recognizes the damage humans are causing the planet while gathering support across the globe.
Earth Day allows people a day to reflect and remember the significance of the health of the planet and what we can all do to help safeguard its health.
How Can You and Your Pet Celebrate Earth Day?
Another great way to honor Earth Day is to take your pet along for the celebration!
Pet food companies like Chippin are celebrating Earth Day by offering food bundles. Chippin is known for its own contributions by using 80% less water in the production of their food and using packaging that is composed of recycled materials. It’s a win-win for all.
Get outside for a walk with your pet and also pick up any trash that you see in order to leave the setting in better condition than you found it. Always remember to carry your biodegradable bags with you.
Plant a tree
Another activity you can try is to plant a tree in your backyard that your pet will enjoy sprawling under on a hot day. If you don’t have a big enough yard or yard at all, you can donate a tree in honor of your pet through the Arbor Day Foundation.
How Can You as a Pet Parent Help?
Living eco-friendly is not just a concern on Earth day, and you may be wondering how you can help make permanent changes. Here are 7 simple ways to go green in honor of Earth day:
- Green Cleaners – Commercial household cleaners frequently contain chemicals that are extremely harmful to our planet, as well as you and your animals. Preserve the planet and shield your pets by buying all-natural cleaning products, or make your own cleaning concoctions with ingredients such as vinegar and essential oils. When it comes to bathing your furry friends consider that
commercial shampoos are hard on his skin. Use non-toxic, organic shampoos and conditioners, or look for a holistic groomer that uses natural products.
- Eco-accessorize – Consider buying your pet items made with environmentally-friendly materials like hemp, bamboo, organic cotton and other sustainable or recycled. These can be items like colorful collars and leashes, durable toys, dog clothing, and bedding materials made without the use of chemical dyes. Hemp is becoming increasingly popular due to it being one of the few crops that doesn’t deplete the soil and can be grown without pesticides.
- Cut waste – Our wonderful furry friends produce approximately ten million tons of waste every year. Most of it ends up in landfill spots, tied up in plastic bags that won’t break down for years to come. Consider buying eco-friendly poop bags that will decompose naturally and investing in a green waste digester that you bury in your yard like a septic tank. These products reduce dog waste to a ground absorbing liquid. If you have cats you may want to invest in a biodegradable litter such as wheat, corn or pine but avoid clay litter.
- Go organic – When you are in the market for a healthy diet for your pet, look for products that are certified organic. This means that the food your pet eats contains no antibiotics or preservatives, and also helps the environment by certifying that no pesticides were used in the production process. Try supporting companies who engage in humane practices, use locally raised ingredients and avoid meats raised in factory farms.
- Prevent pests naturally – Commercial flea collars, powders, sprays and medications are not only bad for your pet but also the environment. The easiest way to prevent them is to keep your animal in good health with a quality diet, so his immunity is strong and he can fend off bug bites. Buy only safe, pest-repelling products and shampoos that are made from natural ingredients, or try an essential oil blend formulated for dogs.
- Reuse & recycle – The simplest way to help the planet is by recycling your pet’s old clothes and toys. If they are still in good condition, donate to a local shelter or rescue. Most organizations will take anything and everything, which may include opened bags of food that your pet refused to eat. When throwing items away
check with your waste service because many can be thrown in the recycling bin rather than the trash.
- Walk for the cause – Celebrate Earth Day this year by participating or organizing an environmental walk-a-thon. Many cities host similar events for people and their dogs that raise money for environmental efforts. These events are a great way for you and your furry companion to get out and get back to nature. If there are none near you, take your dog on a stroll through the neighborhood or a nearby trail. Bring a bag and some gloves and pick up any trash you find along the way.
Earth Day is right around the corner and each of us and our pets can reduce our carbon foot or paw print. Humans as well as pets impact the amount of carbon emitted back into the atmosphere from sources like pet food manufacturers. How are you and your pet going green?