Earth Day: Four simple tips to help you nurture the planet

·Environment Editor
·3-min read

For Earth Day we’ve spoken to four of Australia’s top conservationists and animal lovers, asking for one simple tip to help save the planet at home.

Whilst there’s an election brewing right now, we’ve tried to stay clear of politics in this particular article, but if that’s what you’re after you can read more about politics here.

Just in this one article, we’re giving you a breather from tackling major issues like climate change, and instead focusing on the little things.

Earth Day is on April 22, 2022. Source: Getty
Earth Day is on April 22, 2022. Source: Getty

That’s because everything from what we wear, to the chemicals we buy to keep our homes clean, all have an impact on the environment.

Earth Day tip one: Paper

Jenny Weber from the Bob Brown Foundation is working to protect Tasmania’s forests. Here is her simple tip to help the environment next time you shop.

Australia the only developed nation on WWF’s list of deforestation hotspots.
Australia the only developed nation on WWF’s list of deforestation hotspots.

“Check the source of all your paper in the house, including notebooks printer paper, paper towels and toilet paper,” she said.

“There are great options at your local supermarket or with online companies.”

Earth Day tip two: Fashion

Eco Styles founder Nina Gbor is a sustainable fashion expert who is working to reduce the fashion industry's impact on the planet. She believes creativity is key to reducing fast fashion and over consumption.

Nina Gbor shows how the same piece of clothing can be restyled in multiple ways. Source: Supplied
Nina Gbor shows how the same piece of clothing can be restyled in multiple ways. Source: Supplied
A fast fact about the fashion industry producing up to 150 billion garments every year.
A fast fact about the fashion industry producing up to 150 billion garments every year.

"Mix and match and remix your clothes and accessories in new and different combinations to create fresh outfits for different occasions from what you already own," she recommends.

"This is the easiest, most affordable way to have a sustainable wardrobe and reduce clothing wast to landfill.

Earth Day tip three: Rat bait

Sean Dooley from BirdLife Australia works to raise awareness about Australia’s 830 species of birds. He is urging consumers to think about the impact the wrong choice of household poison could have on our feathered friends.

Tawny frogmouths are frequently killed after ingesting rat bait. Source: Getty
Tawny frogmouths are frequently killed after ingesting rat bait. Source: Getty
Rat poison frequently kills tawny frogmouths, owls and raptors.
Rat poison frequently kills tawny frogmouths, owls and raptors.

“A more everyday action people can take in their own homes is to refuse to use second generation rodenticides,” he said.

“They don’t break down quickly in rats and mice that take the baits, meaning that birds that eat them like owls and other raptors are dying from secondary poisoning.”

Earth Day tip four: Drive slow at night

Leanne Taylor is the CEO of WIRES, Australia's largest wildlife rescue and care organisation. If readers follower her tip, it will help reduce the massive workload of her volunteers.

An estimated 10 million animals are hit on Australia's roads each year
An estimated 10 million animals are hit on Australia's roads each year

“An increasing number of WIRES rescues are the result of car incidents as native animals continue to be impacted by major weather events and habitat loss from ongoing land development,” she said.

“This Earth Day we simply ask motorists to please be extra cautious during the Easter school holidays and throughout the year, especially at dawn and dusk when native wildlife are most at risk as they cross roads and highways in search of food and new habitat.”

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