January 20 is Penguin Awareness Day. No, we didn’t know it existed either, but it’s important because like a lot of critters, they’re losing habitat and feeding grounds.
According to Phys.org, penguins are one of the most threatened species. Eleven species of penguins were listed as “threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Two others were listed as “near threatened,” and five others were listed as “of least concern.”
One of the “near threatened” species is the emperor penguin. One study shows that its 600,000-strong population will decrease at least a fifth by 2100.
So what can we do to help them? From recycling at home to making a donation, here are the five ways you can help penguins.
Keep the oceans clean
Use less disposable plastic and set up a recycling “system” at home. Find creative ways to reuse things you would otherwise throw away, like bread tags and orange juice bottles. Keep waste out of the ocean by minimizing it in your own home.
Reduce your carbon footprint
Walk instead of drive whenever you can and look into ways to save energy at home. Simply remembering to turn off the light when you leave a room can help significantly.
Eat sustainably-caught fish
Whether you eat fish on a regular basis or have it once in a while, make sure the seafood you’re consuming is sustainable. Shedd Aquarium’s Right Bite is a great resource for finding out which species are the best for you to eat.
Learn more about penguins
It’s hard to help a species you don’t know much about. They’re cute, but if you’re wondering why you should care, check out World Wild Life to learn more.
By donating to World Wild Life or adopting a penguin you can help with making our oceans clean and tracking penguins at sea.