On September 8th, Queen Elizabeth II’s reign as the longest ruling monarch came to an end as her death was announced. While her passing her is tragic, she did many amazing things for the planet and the animals that set an example of what it means to be an earth-conscious person.
Queen Elizabeth is well-known for her affinity toward animals. Since her family got their first corgi in 1933, she fell in love with dogs. She has owned more than one ever since. At 18 years old, she was gifted a corgi, Susan. From then on, she always had a canine companion, at one point having eleven dogs! She has even been quoted saying, “My corgis are family”. But her love for animals did not end there. She had a far-reaching affection for horses, grooming and tending to their care as a young teen. Additionally, she was the guardian of multiple animals at the London Zoo. This roster included two giant tortoises, an elephant, a sloth, and two jaguars!
As an advocate for the planet, Queen Elizabeth often spoke out against those who did not work towards creating a better earth. She was the patron of many sustainable nonprofits and personally operated her life in an eco-conscious way. Also, she consistently worked towards the betterment of the betterment of her through both her personal actions and those she took as a world leader. To honor her life and her contributions, we have put together a list of ten ways she has cared for animals and the planet.
10 Things the Queen Has Done for Animals and the Planet
1. Energy Saving (at the Palace & Beyond)
The Royal Family owns over 20 properties. But, they make sure that each runs efficiently to reduce their carbon footprint. They use everything they can to have a low impact on the environment, including smart monitors that track their consumption. Additionally, all Royal facilities have combined heat and power to make sure they are operating efficiently. Additionally, their use of combined heat and power reduces their greenhouse gas emissions and attachment to the National Grid.
two. Advocate for the Trees
In 2018, the Queen appeared in a short documentary, in conjunction with David Attenborough, called “The Queen’s Green Planet”. Here, she spoke candidly about the importance of saving the forests. She actively promoted forest conservation and spoke out to spur action against deforestation. Also, Queen Elizabeth began the “Queen’s Green Canopy Project” as a unique tree planting initiative to mark her her Platinum Jubilee in 2022.
3. Treading Lightly Through Her Own Habits
Growing up through wars, being eco-conscious was second nature to Queen Elizabeth. Due to this, her diet consists of local produce that has low food mileage. Also, she was known to reuse wrapping paper, keep furniture for decades, and re-wear outfits, all of which lowered her consumption.
4. Stopped Wearing Fur
Unlike many other Royals, the Queen condemned the use of fur. In 2019, it was announced that she would no longer wear it. That year the searches for faux fur products went up by 52 percent.
5. Publicly Spoke Out Against World Leaders
Another way Queen Elizabeth helped the planet was by speaking out against other world leaders by saying, “it’s really irritating when they talk, but they don’t do“. In 2021, the UK hosted the climate summit. The Queen was overheard criticizing others for their inaction regarding climate change. Later, in her speech, she spoke out against those who were all talk.
6. Re-wilded 850,000 Acres of Crown Land
Queen Elizabeth loved nature and took it upon herself to lead the charge in re-wilding hundreds of thousands of acres of Royal land. This reversed damage and provided greater ecological restoration. Much of this was done on her private estates.
7. The Animal Health Trust
Due to her love for dogs, it is no surprise that Queen Elizabeth took a keen interest in making sure animals were healthy. In 1991, she took over as president of the organization. The AHT has created life-saving and life-enhancing treatments for dogs, cats, and horses since 1942.
8. The Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
This nonprofit cares for more than eight thousand animals per year. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Queen Elizabeth became the patron in 1956, bringing even more awareness to the cause.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is the world’s oldest and largest animal welfare organization. The Queen advocated for and was a patron of this organization for decades.
10. Patron of Numerous Environmental Charities
The Royal Family is known to take on patronages for the causes they are most attached to. Queen Elizabeth II, before her passing her, was the patron of multiple environmental nonprofits. These include:
- Norfolk Wildlife Trust is a nonprofit that specializes in nature conservation.
- The Royal Forestry Society has spent 140 years dedicated to woodland management and education.
- The Campaign to Protect Rural England is an organization that focuses on creating a beautiful, thriving countryside.
- The Linnean Society of London focuses on educating and informing the public about the science of nature, environmental impact, and animals.
Queen Elizabeth loved the planet and animals dearly. She advocated for them whenever possible. She consistently worked towards creating a better environment focused on conservation and sustainability. However, she was a complicated woman who also had controversies in the animal welfare space. She had a love for horse racing and kept birds in her attic for some time. But, these actions do not erase the positive impact she had on the planet and animals. As a mentor for many, she encouraged others to follow in her footsteps and care for the environment. In her honor, you could soak in nature, pick up litter, or do any number of things to help the planet or animals today.
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