Currently Side Hustle is home to the passions of 42 women hailing from 2 countries, 12 states, 21 cities, and most importantly one planet: Earth. We are artists, musicians, photographers, writers, designers, performers, and everything in between, but we all share the same address of the same planet we call home. And that home needs our help.
Today is National Earth Day, a day dedicated to the hardest working, most forgiving Mother we will ever know. She creates and provides and sustains and enriches, all while asking for nothing in return. For centuries we have abused, polluted, destroyed, and reaped the benefits of Her hard labor, without protecting Her in return. And if we are not careful now, this beautiful place we call home will cease to exist as we know it.
It’s time to roll up our sleeves, get our hands dirty (or our wallets open if donating is more your thing), and fight for the beauty that surrounds us. Currently there are over 1300 species in the US alone that are nearing extinction due to the destructive actions (and equally destructive inaction) of our human species and the havoc we have wreaked on the Earth.
Below is a list of the states we represent on Side Hustle and the human threats endangered species face in those states (all information provided by Defenders of Wildlife):
Alabama: Due to oil drilling, oil spills, and harmful fishing practices, dolphins are now on the dndangered Species list. How you can help: adopt a dolphin.
California: The California Condor, whose biggest enemies are not predators but pollution, illegal hunting, habitat loss due to human development, and lead poisoning found in lead ammunition, is currently on the endangered list. Click here to see how you can help.
Georgia: The North Atlantic Right Whale is one of the most endangered whales on Earth due to climate change, net and fishing line entanglement, “acoustic smog”, and ship strikes. Click here to see how you can help.
Louisiana: The Louisiana Black Bear has been listed as a threatened species due to habitat destruction that results in greater conflicts with humans and needless killings. Who doesn’t want to adopt a black bear?
Mississippi: Habitat loss and road mortality are two of the biggest threats to the Gopher Tortoise, a species that can been found in the state of Mississippi. Here’s what you can do to help.
North Carolina: There are now less than 50 Red Wolves living in the wild in North Carolina due to “nonlethal removals” of Red Wolves from the lands they call home. You can help save them by adopting a red wolf.
South Carolina: Oil spills, habitat loss due to human development, artificial light on coastal shores, and entanglement in marine debris (those plastic bags you see at the grocery store—ditch them) contribute to the harsh reality that only 1 in 1,000 sea turtles make it to adulthood. Click here to see how you can help.
Tennessee: While it is the official state animal of Florida, the Florida panther can also be found in parts of Tennessee, and it is one of the most endangered mammals on Earth. Here’s how you can help change that.
Texas: Southeast Texas is home to the 30 remaining ocelots in the US, a species endangered by habitat loss, the fur market, and the pet trade. Fortunately you can help change that.
Virginia: Human beings pose the single greatest threat to 9 endangered species of bats, some of which can be found in Virginia. Do your part for natural pest control and adopt a bat to ensure greater survival of these endangered species.
Washington, DC: Habitat loss and destruction is contributing to the endangerment of everyone’s favorite garden bird: the hummingbird. Help change the statistics by clicking here.
Wyoming: Due to poor eyesight, the sage-grouse bird frequently suffers fatal collisions with manmade obstructions, such as barbed wire fences and wind turbines. Support the survival of this species by donating to an organization that defends them.
If we were all as passionate about the Earth as we are about our own Side Hustles, we might get to keep Her for longer. The time to care is now. We can afford nothing less. It’s that simple.