How to Help Animals This Earth Day

Posted on by PETA Australia

Today is Earth Day, and it’s the perfect time to slow down, reflect on how our actions affect the planet and consider the ways in which we can help save it.

Many of us are concerned about climate change and wish to make a difference. But did you know that you can help not only Mother Nature but also animals on Earth Day?

Here are five easy ways to help animals and the planet this Earth Day:

Host a Cowspiracy movie night! 

Executive-produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, Cowspiracy is the film that environmental organisations don’t want you to see. But luckily, you CAN see it, because it’s available to stream on Netflix Australia! Invite your friends over and blow their minds with real facts about animal agriculture’s effect on the environment.

Ditch leather.

Leather is no friend of the environment, as the toxic chemicals used to artificially preserve animal skins pollute the surrounding air and waterways. In this video, you can see workers, including children, in Bangladesh working with these dangerous chemicals, often barefoot. An estimated 90 per cent of tannery workers in Bangladesh die before the age of 50. Pledge to ditch leather and stick up for the Earth as well as the animals and people who suffer in the leather industry.

Spread the word about the rainforest.

This year’s Earth Day theme is “Trees for the Earth”. Let your friends know that animal agriculture is the leading cause of Amazon rainforest destruction by sharing the image below on social media. Not only do cows suffer immensely when they’re raised and killed for food, trees are also lost forever.

Amazon Rainforest Statistic PETA Australia

Print this sign out and hang it in your car window.

Did you know that animal agriculture is responsible for 65 per cent of the world’s nitrous oxide emissions? This gas is 296 times more destructive than CO2.  If you have a car, place this sign in the window so that other motorists can see just how detrimental their meat-eating lifestyles are to the planet.

Meat's Not Green Car Sign - PETA Australia

Go vegan!

The land used to raise animals for food currently takes up 45 per cent of the Earth’s entire surface, and animal agriculture uses one-third of the Earth’s fresh water. Eating meat is destroying the planet, but there is a quick and easy solution: go vegan! It takes 18 times more land to feed a meat-eater for one year than a vegan, and just one hamburger can take 3,000 litres of water to produce – the equivalent of showering for two months!

According to the United Nations, a global shift towards a vegan diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.

The best thing that you can do to save the planet and help animals is to stop eating meat, eggs and dairy foods and encourage your friends to do the same.

Renee Somerfield PETA ad

Take our vegan pledge and order our free vegetarian/vegan starter kit to help you make the switch.

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