Just like your mom tells you to clean up your room, Mother Nature is telling you to clean up the environment. Listed below are 10 environmental campaigns we think you should totally check out. If the piggy bank isn’t making much noise this month, head straight to the bottom and check out some free lifestyle changes you can start today and still make a difference.
This organization’s mission is to create an environmental movement worldwide to address climate change, sustain the environment and protect it for future generations. Earth Day Network bills itself as the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with nearly 200 countries to build environmental change. This group has been around since Earth Day began in 1970. You can help them take action by donating to plant a tree or engaging in environmental conservation on a daily basis like, not using plastic or recycling. You don’t have to go as far as this guy below, but to each their own!
“I broke up with my girlfriend because she would not recycle no matter what I said. — Joe, Portland”
Who should donate: The person who has a closet-full of shirts that say “save the (insert cause here).”
This charity gives some cash to the national parks you visit on vacation every year. These are the guys who have kept these parks functioning since Teddy Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act of 1906. 2016 saw the centennial anniversary of the national park system. You can donate to the foundation as a whole or you can donate to your favorite national park. Also, you can share your National Park Experience on their page. I’d leave out the part about going to the bathroom in the woods though.
Who should donate: The person who thought hiking Half Dome in Yosemite was cool.
This fund covers a lot of environmental issues like food, fresh water, wildlife, forests and oceans. However, the largest movement they support is endangered species.
Who should donate: The person who rallies for rhinos, speaks out for sea turtles and turns up for tigers.
This project provides access to clean, safe and reliable water across sub-Saharan Africa. They strive to help end the water crisis occurring in this area. All you have to do is make a monthly donation and they keep you updated about how your money is being used by sending you monthly photos and stories about the people inside the village you’re helping.
Who should donate: The person who brings Smart Water in their lunch every day and tells everybody about their pH levels.
We understand that you could be on a budget and might not be able to contribute monetarily to a fund. That’s ok. Instead of living off of pb&js for a month in the name of mother nature, check out some (almost) free things we’ve listed below that you can still do to help!
This water bottle company’s lifestyle mission is to reduce the use of plastic that ends up in landfills and pollutes the ocean. All you have to do is buy a water bottle from them or anywhere and reuse it over and over again.
Pro Tip: This doesn’t mean you should share your water bottle. Eww.
This is a company that sells water and wants to reduce the use of plastic. You can purchase their water and drink it out of their carton. For every picture you take of their carton and post it on Instagram, they plant a tree.
Life Hack: Take an Insta, spread CO2.
This watch company creates wooden watches and then plants trees. They partner with Trees for The Future and American Forests. They are on a mission to plant 1 million trees by 2020. Wear their watch as a reminder on your wrist.
Style in 2017: Wear a cause on your wrist.
Amazon will donate .5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Think charities like the American Red Cross, The Nature Conservancy, etc.
Life Hack: Buy some toilet paper in bulk, save the world.
Other things you can do to help the Earth that doesn’t cost you any money:
- Conserve water
- Use dishes instead of paper plates
- Eat all the food on your plate
- Understand expiration dates
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” —John Muir