MEDFORD, MA—Explaining that there were many simple things they could do to tackle one of the most urgent crises facing planet Earth, researchers from Tufts University published Tuesday a list of ways that animals could help fight climate change. “Whether you’re a beaver, elk, or trout, it’s important for everyone to do their part to stop global warming with easy lifestyle changes like turning off energy-wasting appliances, recycling, and driving less,” said lead researcher Irene Gregory, adding that there were dozens of ways mammals, insects, reptiles, amphibians, and other members of the animal kingdom could reduce their participation in harmful behaviors that contribute to rising sea levels, more devastating storms, and other adverse effects of climate change. “While it may seem daunting to address the root causes of climate change, things like wolves cutting down on their meat consumption and raccoons avoiding processed foods with excessive plastic packaging can make a big difference in the long run. Climate change is a global issue, so the time is now for animals to do their part to help protect the environment, and that means cows working to offset their carbon footprint, birds cutting down on excess travel, and fish having fewer children. We also urge animals to become more politically involved by contacting their member of Congress and demand the government focus on regulatory measures and promoting renewable technology—consider writing a letter to your representative.” Researchers followed up their advice to animals with several recommendations for plants that aren’t currently doing enough to fight climate change.

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