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How You Can Volunteer to Help the Environment Part 2

How You Can Volunteer to Help the Environment
How You Can Volunteer to Help the Environment

Help an advocacy organisation

Environmental advocacy organisations develop policies and laws (as well as lobby for them) that protect the planet on local, state, and federal levels. Policies like the Endangered Species Act or the Clean Water Act, in addition to successful attempts to change how individuals and companies operate, have a significant effect on the planet’s future health. There are many ways in which you can volunteer for one of these organisations, depending on your interests and skills. For example, you could build a website, work on a documentary, promote the organisation’s campaigns online and on social media, write to the editor, help with drafting policy, organise events, or canvas on the streets. The following advocacy organisations have numerous volunteering opportunities: The Nature Conservancy, Greenpeace USA, and Sierra Club.

Find a local river clean-up

While it might not sound like an innovative way of helping the environment, it’s certainly rewarding. As there’s no single government agency responsible for regularly cleaning litter from a river, it usually takes a community to get it done. Removing litter from a river can make it safer for humans and wildlife, and improve water quality, while protecting aquatic habitats. The EPA claims that up to two million seabirds are killed annually, as a result of debris entanglement and ingestion. A further 100,000 marine mammals are killed each year from the same reason. While it’s ultimately better to prevent pollution to begin with, the majority of us don’t want to sit and do nothing while our waterways are turned into litter pits. You could either join a locally sponsored clean-up, sign up with your local Riverkeeper chapter, or find a National River Clean-up through American Rivers.

Plant trees with the Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation claims that trees help to fight climate change, reduce violence in urban areas, save energy by providing shade and cooling, provide essential wildlife habitats, prevent soil erosion, and reduce pollution brought on by water runoff. That’s incredible when you think about it. You can get involved in tree-planting by arranging a tree-planting event of your own or find out if your town or city is already part of Arbor Day’s TreeCity USA network, in which case, you could contribute towards their cause.

Help at an Ecoconscious Farm

Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) is an organisation comprised of a network of volunteers and host farms in almost every country in the world. As a volunteer, you’ll help out a farm- typically family-owned and small in scale- by volunteering your services in exchange for room and board. Host farms vary from farm to farm and country to country, so you should be able to find one that fits your needs. Many adhere to the principles of permaculture, to varying degrees. Whichever farm you choose, they each offer an opportunity to learn about the planet’s broken food systems, as well as to meet innovative and interesting people hell-bent on repairing them.

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) is an organisation comprised of a network of volunteers and host farms in almost every country in the world. As a volunteer, you’ll help out a farm- typically family-owned and small in scale- by volunteering your services in exchange for room and board. Host farms vary from farm to farm and country to country, so you should be able to find one that fits your needs. Many adhere to the principles of permaculture, to varying degrees. Whichever farm you choose, they each offer an opportunity to learn about the planet’s broken food systems, as well as to meet innovative and interesting people hell-bent on repairing them.

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