Sometimes it seems that so much is going on, it’s impossible to pay attention to any one thing. But there are lots of things you can do every day to make a difference. Our regular columnist Jesse Popp gives 15 quick tips to help you get involved in conservation.
- Be aware. The first step to conserving wildlife is to be aware of the issues and threats surrounding species at risk. Read the news, blogs, books, or websites. Watch documentaries. Find a way to stay aware.
- Share. There are likely many people who would love to get involved with conservation but are not aware of what is occurring. Share your knowledge! Chat with a friend or family member, share a status update on Facebook or Twitter. Put up posters. The more people that know, the more people that can help to make change.
- Write more. Want to go a step further than sharing a status? Write your own conservation blog! Start your own webpage!
- Demand change. If you want to bring conservation related topics into schools, your city, or another organization you are involved in, contact the people that can make it happen. For an even bigger impact, such as requesting the change of a practice or policy that negatively affects wildlife, start a petition or write the company.
- Volunteer. Give some spare time to your local nature park, conservation area, or wildlife rehabilitation center.
- Citizen science. There are often many ways for citizens to get involved in science. Take part in a Bioblitz, or a bird or frog survey.
- Hold a fundraiser. Start your own fundraiser. Get the kids involved!
- Donate. Conservation agencies depend on donations to fund their species saving efforts.
- Adopt. Adopt an animal through a conservation agency.
- Give the gift of conservation. Give or receive a unique gift in the form of a conservation donation or adoption!
- Reuse, Reduce, Recycle. By following the 3 R’s, you will contribute to conservation in a big way.
- Buy responsibly. Shop for products and foods that are not putting species and their habitats at risk.
- Restore. Help with restoration initiatives. Plant a tree or grow a wildlife-friendly garden.
- Join an organization or start your own. Help out an existing cause or start one that you think needs attention!
- Lead by example. Setting an example goes a very long way.
Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.
~ Howard Zinn