Changing how you live your life on a day-to-day basis, such as ditching plastic, composting your scraps, or eating plant-based foods, is a great way to contribute towards helping the environment. If you want to take your efforts to the next level, however, one thing you can do is to get involved in your local community. There are many upsides to volunteering in this way. The primary one, of course, is to take care of the planet; and let’s be honest, it needs some love and attention due to the number of ways we’ve helped to destroy it.
Beyond that, however, volunteering for something you care about is a great way to make friends, meet like-minded people, and help you to remain positive about something which is a legitimate cause for concern. Of course, there’s also the fact that you may well discover a few things from the experience. Whether you’ve recently become more environmentally conscious or you’re a seasoned professional at taking care of Mother Earth, there are habitats, people, and even animals that we can learn from.
Volunteer to become a trekking guide
There are numerous organisations the world over that are looking for volunteer tour guides to take groups on eco-conscious expeditions through gorgeous natural landscapes. If you have experience in the likes of backpacking safety and first aid, and you love the outdoors, this could be a dream adventure for you. You might be wondering how this helps the environment. As well as showing just how stunning a nature haven can be, a non-profit eco-tour organisation uses the money they bring in from these treks to fund advocacy, land restoration, or environmental education programmes.
Help out on an urban farm
If you’re in a city, one way to get that nature fix you’ve been crying out for is to volunteer on an urban farm. Most urban farms accept both groups and individuals, and for either a one-off or on an ongoing basis. You could find yourself performing such activities as pruning, weeding, and planting, selling fresh produce or greeting visitors. Non-profit community farms often spend much of their time on educating communities about nutrition and food systems, giving back to the community, and maintaining sustainable farming practices. They often sponsor educational programmes for youth who are at considered at risk, and donate fresh, nutritious foods to families on a low income.
Maybe you’re an amateur plant-based chef with experience. It could be that you transform old-shirts into trendy new additions to your wardrobe. Or you might even be an expert in making DIY-beauty products. No matter your eco-friendly, you can help the environment by sharing it with others. Community education centres are constantly on the lookout for teachers, voluntary teachers especially, to teach classes and expand on what they offer. If you’re concerned about your ability to teach or if you feel like it’s too much of a commitment, you could always start with a campus club or a group of colleagues or friends.