The past few years have taught us so much about the environment and what we could (or should) be doing to help protect it. Many people have stepped up to this challenge, donating to worthwhile causes and volunteering with specific organizations.
However, getting involved can often feel overwhelming, especially with something so significant as this. Here are a few ways to help you get started with your environment-focused community service or volunteering.
Help or Host a Cleanup
Cleanups are easy and common, allowing people to come together to help clean up a community space or protected area. Most commonly, you’ll see people group together in the hopes of cleaning local parks or beaches. Picking trash may not seem like a big deal, but it can help protect wildlife from accidents and the environment from contamination.
Help Protect Public Lands
Public lands are generally protected areas, such as iconic National Parks or mountains. These are safe spaces for wildlife, but only if we protect them. These lands always need volunteers, so don’t hesitate to look into this opinion, especially if you love being outdoors.
Volunteer at a Wildlife Rescue
Wildlife rehabilitation programs are crucial for local wildlife, but often these programs are forced to run on minimal funds and staff. You can help them succeed by lending a hand. Likely, you will need to go through some training before you can help, but it will prove to be a worthwhile venture.
Did you know there are often local and state-driven initiatives for planting trees? Naturally, these programs could use some help with all of the planning. Consult your local authorities to see how you can help.
Support an Eco-Conscious Farm
Eco-conscious farms are another essential element in our battle to protect the environment. These farms focus on sustainable farming practices and are usually on the smaller side. Volunteer opportunities at these farms are WWOOF – World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms.
Advocacy organizations help fight for laws and policies that protect the environment. The best way to ensure these organizations succeed is by supporting them. One can either provide additional funding or volunteer. Advocacy organizations include Sierra Club, National Audobon Society, Greenpeace USA, and The Nature Conservancy.