If you’ve been online, you know that Earth day was a couple days ago. Personally, I feel like everyday should be Earth Day. Not in a weird ‘every day is your birthday’ sort of way but rather that people should make it a goal to make steps towards protecting earth in their everyday lives.
This year, I’ve tried to make a conscious effort to do just that. But it’s hard. When you start taking note, it seems like every activity ever will condemn the earth in one way or another. I created a personal list of reminders about seemingly harmless behaviors that could actually be really bad. It’s random and not by any means a full list but I thought I’d share anyway:
– Holding a crested gecko who is not accustomed to being held can cause it to drop it’s tail. The tail never grows back but thankfully the gecko will otherwise be ok.
– Hermit crabs should not be sold to the general public. The conditions in which they are kept in stores and most homes are not appropriate. Hermit crabs need high humidity environments with a varied diet which is unlike the instructions usually given at pet stores.
– Fish die a few days after they are bought because most people who purchase them don’t understand the nitrogen cycle. Becoming familiar with the nitrogen cycle and the species of fish prior to purchase can make a big difference in the longevity of a new pet.
-Ducks regularly feed bread become malnourished. Grapes (cut in half to prevent choking) Cracked corn, barley, oats, birdseed, or other grains are better suited for them.
– Frogs should be held with wet hands that have been washed of detergent, soap, lotion, ect.
– Nonbiodegradable sunscreen ( which is almost all of them ) should not be worn while swimming at the beach or cenotes. The oxybenzone and octinoxate in sunscreen makes coral defenseless against bleaching and can eventually kill it. Thankfully, safe sunscreen can be purchased online or from locations where regular sunscreen is forbidden.
– It’s ok to catch a butterfly, but excessive handling of butterfly wings can maime them.
The Planet in General
– Slowly eliminating one time use plastics can save money, eliminate clutter and lower productions of plastic. Less plastic, better earth – right?
And that’s it from me. Below I’ve included a collection of my ‘greenest Instagram posts’. Enjoy! (But no need to read through the quirky captions, lol )
Thanks for the support ❤