A friendly reminder from the animal world –

Most of us now live in cities where we can be so physically and emotionally detached from nature. We seem to have a limitless access to products from all over the world, at any time of day, but often we are unaware of how such products came to us, and the effects it had on the planet to get to our stores and into our homes.

That’s why it’s important to raise our awareness on the impacts of our actions, so that maybe next time we’re grocery shopping and see that our favorite spread contains palm oil in the list of ingredients, we opt for a cruelty-free option. What better way to remember this than with the help of our animal friends?

They’ve already taught us that strength comes in numbers, so here are 5 animals friends to remind us that climate change is real. Warning: They are very cute.

 

1. Polar bears

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Climate change is melting sea ice at alarming levels, causing polar bears to lose their natural habitats so they can no longer hunt for food and eventually starve to death.  

 

2. Orangutans

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A Baby Orangutan is born at a Wildlife Center in Sarawak. Photo courtesy of Clean Malaysia.

Unsustainable palm oil production is causes deforestation, which has destroyed 90% of orangutan habitats in the last 20 years, and is killing 1000-5000 orangutans each year.

 

3. Koalas

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Increasing temperatures are wreaking havoc on eucalyptus trees, which are also the koala’s exclusive source of food and protection. Being forced to spend more time on the ground looking for nourishment means risking being eaten by predators.

 

4. Elephants

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High global temperatures are causing unprecedented numbers of droughts, and severely increasing elephants’ mortality rates, who are highly sensitive to sunburn and heat stress and need to drink large amounts of water each day to survive.

 

5. Clownfish

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Remember Nemo? Warming oceans also mean levels of CO2 are rising in the water, which causes ocean acidification. This kills coral reefs, and subsequently, the cute clownfish who depend on them to survive.

 

In our everyday lives, it’s sometimes hard to remember that our planet’s resources are finite, and that our daily choices on what we buy and eat can contribute to shifting the delicate balance of Earth’s ecosystems. Here are 5 Things You Should Give Up to Reduce Climate Change.

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