Protect our species and win on Earth Day

The theme for Earth Day this year, on Monday 22nd April, is “Protect Our Species”. To raise awareness, eco conscious businesses are collaborating for a giveaway competition. One lucky winner will receive an amazing prize worth over $300!

The collaborating enterprises for our Earth Day competition are committed to protecting our species and they show this by regularly donate to wildlife conservation charities.

Read on to learn about what you can do to protect our species, find out about our collaborators and how to enter our competition.

Earth Day 2019 – Protect Our Species

In nature, nothing exists alone.”
— Rachel Carson, 1962

Human activity is causing the greatest rate of species extinction in the world since the loss of the dinosaurs 60 million years ago. All living things have an intrinsic value, and we urgently need to act now to protect threatened and endangered species.

The Earth Day Network (www.earthday.org) is a non-profit organisation with a mission to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide.

This year, the Earth Day Network is asking people around the globe to join its campaign to Protect Our Species.

Actions you can take to Protect Our Species

There are many steps that you can take individually to help protect our species.  You can choose to Go Green with these Earth Day tips. Below are some of the species that have been identified by the Earth Day Network as important to protect, and some things you can do to help them.

Great Apes

  • Avoid palm oil
  • Buy certified palm oil free products
  • Promote sustainable forestry

Coral reefs

  • Use only oxybenzone-free sunscreen
  • Conserve water
  • Stop using pesticides and fertilisers
  • Recycle everything that you can
  • Don’t buy coral or home aquarium fish unless you know they were sustainably and legally collected
  • Don’t damage corals if you are diving or snorkelling.

Marine animals (e.g. sea turtles, crustaceans, fish, sharks and whales)

  • Properly dispose of plastics and recyclables
  • Buy only certified sustainable fish and crustaceans
  • Reduce or eliminate use of garden fertilisers
  • Reduce plastic consumption
  • Take the Oceans Plastic Pollution quiz
  • End plastic pollution
  • Refuse shark and whale products.

Birds

  • Keep pet cats indoors
  • Avoid or reduce use of pesticides and insecticides
  • Advocate for land protection

Trees and other plants

  • Support a ban on the use of pesticides
  • Plant and grow native plants
  • Purchase sustainable plant products
  • Support the Trees for the Earth Campaign
  • Advocate for urban trees.

Bees and other insects

  • Stop using pesticides (and use natural remedies instead)
  • Use organic products
  • Use a compost pile at home
  • Plant native plants in your garden
  • Support a ban on pesticides
  • Become a bee keeper
  • Plant a bee friendly garden.

Elephants and giraffes

  • Practice sustainable tourism
  • Speak up against cruel and unsustainable practices
  • Practice the Earth Day’s Go Green tips.

Meet our collaborators

Billie Hardy Creative

Lara of Billie Hardy Creative combines eye for detail, and an exceptional knowledge and experience to offer an organic, personal approach to any graphic design project. Billie Hardy Creative also has a beautiful range of Bohemian / Indie style art cards, stationary and fabric wares. Billie Hardy Creative supports wildlife charities Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Raptor Care North West.

Eco Patch

Eco Patch is a homegrown business nestled amongst the grapevines in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. The business has been born from a passion for the environment and a fondness for creating reusable handmade fabric items such as beeswax food wraps and bags. Eco Patch will soon become an ongoing sponsor of Devil Ark. They have also donated to ZoosSA and World Wildlife Fund.

Goodwill Wine

Goodwill Wine is a social enterprise driven by the belief that drinking good wine might change the world. They donate 50% of their profits from the sale of good quality wines to charity. They have supported over 300 charities including many wildlife conservation charities.

Lifeforms Art

Lifeforms Art produces original artwork on ethically sourced T-shirts, notebooks and more, promoting conservation and giving a voice to nature. They support #2minutebeachclean and Freshwater Habitats Trust.

Lil’ Creatures

Lil’ Creatures designs and sells thoughtful unique gifts, baby outfits and accessories for the ones you love – high quality, safe and beautifully presented. Perfect for New Baby Gifts and Baby Shower Gifts! Lil’ Creatures supports the Australian Koala Foundation through an adopted koala doe called Willow as well as donation a portion of profits from sales.

Mornington Sea Glass

Mornington Sea Glass was founded by Amanda Hilditch, an Australian designer with a passion for the marine environment. With a background in research, a sea-change to the Mornington Peninsula inspired her to combine her love for the ocean, interest in research and enjoyment of being a part of a thriving handmade community in the region. Their jewellery is a keepsake of the sea to have with you always. Mornington Sea Glass supports the Dolphin Research Institute’s ‘Adopt-a-Dolphin Program’.

Two-Winged Fruit

Two-Winged Fruit’s soap, skin care and hair care range is certified palm oil free, meaning that their products do not harm orangutans or rainforests. Their luxurious products are 100% natural and feature organic, locally grown and Australian native ingredients. Two-Winged Fruit supports the Orangutan Foundation International Australia and Rainforest Rescue.

Earth Day Instagram Competition

The prize

Enter our Earth Day competition on Instagram for the chance to win an amazing prize. Each of our collaborators has made a beautiful contribution to make up this prize worth over $300!

  • Bohemian Elephant Art Print – Billie Hardy Creative
  • Triple pack of Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps with Australian Native Birds prints – Eco Patch
  • Wine Gift Pack with Coonawarra Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and Bendigo Shiraz 2015 – Goodwill Wine
  • 25GBP Gift Voucher – Lifeforms Art
  • Koala Hat (size 6-Adult) – Lil’ Creatures
  • Starfish Rockpool Pendant – Mornington Sea Glass
  • Nerolina & Hemp Shampoo, Lemon Myrtle & Kunzea Deodorant and Aloe Vera & Macadamia Hand & Body Lotion – Two-Winged Fruit

How to enter

  • Head to Instagram and FOLLOW ALL of the seven (7) collaborating brands.
  • LIKE one of the collaborator’s Instagram competition posts.
  • Visit the Earth Day website to find out ways you can Protect our Species.
  • COMMENT on one of the collaborating brand’s competition Instagram posts with your response to this question: “What action will YOU TAKE for Earth Day to Protect our Species?
  • It is not a condition of entry, but we also encourage you to share the competition with your friends!
  • Entries close Sunday 21st April at 11:59pm AEST.
  • The winner will be announced on Instagram on Earth Day – Monday 22nd April.

Terms and Conditions

Eligibility: Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and Australian residents.

For a valid entry, an entrant must do all of the following: 1. Follow all the collaborators on Instagram. The collaborators are: Billie Hardy Creative @billiehardycreative_art, Eco Patch @eco_patch, Goodwill Wine @goodwill_wine, Lifeforms Art @lifeformsart, Lil’ Creatures @lilcreatures, Mornington Sea Glass @mornington_sea_glass and Two-Winged Fruit @twowingedfruit. 2. “Like” one of the collaborator’s competition posts. 3. Comment on one collaborator’s competition posts in response to the competition question: “What will you do for Earth Day to Protect Our Species?” Entries close Sunday 21st April 11:59pm AEST.

Selection of the winner: Thirty five (35) valid entries will be chosen for a shortlist based on the quality of their response to the competition question. If there are less than 35 entrants with a valid entry then all will be shortlisted. Entries will be shortlisted at the judges’ discretion and no dispute will be entered into. The winner will be chosen by a random draw of the shortlisted entries. The competition winner will be announced on Instagram on Monday 22nd April 2019.

Claiming the prize: The competition winner will be contacted via direct message on Instagram and they will be asked to provide their name and postal address (no PO Boxes) for sending the prize. If the winner doesn’t respond with the requested details within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen. The prize will be posted to the address provided by the winner. The competition organisers take no responsibility if the prize is lost or damaged during transport.

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