Today, more than a billion people celebrate Earth Day as an opportunity to speak up for a global cause. Disabled pet owners can also take action by living a more sustainable and gentle lifestyle with their pets every day of the year.
What is Earth Day?
For the past 50 years, Earth Day has been celebrated by billions of people around the world every April 22nd. People come together to promote awareness of the health of our environment.
Some people view Earth Day like any other holiday, but with thoughtful concerns about our changing environment.
Prominent scientists, politicians and young climate activists are investigating and reaching out to the public on adapting to greener lifestyles. This philosophy isn’t just April 22nd every year, it’s something we need to implement every day by composting, recycling, repurposing, carpooling, saving and using metal straws to save the turtles.
When is Earth Day?
Earth Day is April 22nd and marks the anniversary of the birth of a modern environmental movement since its inception in 1970.
How did Earth Day start?
Earth Day began in 1969 when a US Senator named Gaylord Nelson witnessed the effects of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. In 1970, he called on all Americans to take action to protect the environment, and thousands of colleges and universities across the United States organized protests to demand a healthy, sustainable planet.
These measures included air pollution from factories and highways, and loss of animal habitats and animal extinctions. The first Earth Day helped enact the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Act because of these national rallies.
What are some eco-friendly pet tips?
- Adopt to fight overpopulation, backyard breeding and puppy mills.
- Always spay or neuter your pets.
- Be a conscious consumer and buy pet beds, toys and other pet items made from sustainable and recyclable materials. Eco-friendly companies are aware of their impact on the environment. There are some great eco-friendly dog beds these days that are a sustainable way to pamper your pooch and help the environment.
- Feed your pets premium or premium pet food. Also look for dog treats and dog food helps the planet through less resource consumption.
- Dispose of used automotive fluids properly. Aside from being very toxic to the environment, pets can also be poisoned by them. Call (800) 98-TOXIC for additional disposal information.
- Reuse pet water to water plants instead of pouring it down the drain. Reuse nutrient-rich water from aquariums to water plants.
- Reduce water consumption by bathing your pet’s pre-filled tub, or have your pet groomed professionally.
- Only use natural pet grooming and cleaning products.
- Try natural flea repellents or choose ones with less or more recyclable packaging.
- Keep your cats indoors where they are safer and have less impact on the environment. Always keep your dog on a leash to protect wildlife and natural habitats when walking your dog.
- Keep in mind that animal shelters may use gently used towels and blankets when cleaning bedding.
- Use eco-friendly cat litter made from materials like walnut shells or wheat. Stay away from clay litter.
Ways to be eco-friendly with your pet
One of the easiest ways to be eco-friendly is to redesign or bring items you no longer use into the kitchen and start cooking.
meal – Making your pet food according to recipes created by a certified nutritionist can keep your pet healthier and reduce their carbon footprint. It is best to discuss this with your vet before changing your pets’ diet.
treats – Preparing treats for dogs in your kitchen is easier than you think. A quick and easy one is sweet potato chewy, which is made by slow-cooking thick slices of sweet potato in a 200-degree oven for 2-4 hours. Treats made from raw carrots are also good for your dog if your pup likes to nibble and chew.
bedding – If you have old towels, just sew a few together and stuff them with other unwanted linens from your closet for a one-of-a-kind pet bed.
toys – For a simple tug of war dog toy, take an old tube sock and stuff it with other mismatched or worn socks. Tie a large knot in the open end and let your dog use it as a stuffed animal. Or you can even fill it with catnip for a DIY cat toy.
The best way to celebrate Earth Day with your pets and disabled pets is to start and join the movement. The first Earth Day inspired more than 20 million Americans to participate. By the year 2000, more than 5,000 environmental organizations in 184 countries recognized the date.
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