Eco-Conscious Organizations That You Can Get Involved With!
What better way to embrace the new year than with a new commitment to sustainability and positive change?
As we learn about the social and environmental issues that currently plague our planet, the more we want to know how to help! Problem-solvers and aspiring changemakers
Shifting our lifestyle and consumer choices is one way we can help address particular problems, while getting politically active with our voices and votes can also help push for more systemic, widespread change.
One of the most effective ways to help create a more sustainable future is to support environmental nonprofits, as they are already equipped with the background research, social networks, experience, and action plans to fully serve their missions. Organizations like these are often able to tackle issues that social enterprises and individual votes may not be able to. By choosing to contribute your time or to contribute financially, you are able to support these organizations in their missions and really help to make a difference.
Here are few of our favorite operations to consider becoming a part of:
A Growing Culture
The majority of our global food is produced by smallholder farmers. A Growing Culture is a nonprofit focused on creating and advancing a culture of farmer autonomy and agroecological innovation. They do this by “reframing the way the world views farmers, facilitating collective learning and catalyzing innovation through farmer-to-farmer exchange, and supporting on-the-ground efforts for farmer-led research and documentation."
How you can get involved: Try following and sharing the organization’s educational content on Instagram and/or donate contributions. Collect contributions from friends and family for an even bigger impact!
Earthjustice is the United States’ largest environmental law organization, “because the earth needs a good lawyer.” This incredible community was founded in the 1960s and, since then, Earthjustice attorneys have been able to champion major environmental wins including the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act. The organization works with activists, national politicians, international policymakers, and individuals to create, protect, and strengthen laws that benefit both people and a healthy planet.
How you can get involved: Make a one-time or monthly donation and/or add your voice to important campaigns.
Natural Resources Defense Council
The NRDC is a nonprofit that works around the clock to safeguard the earth, which includes all people, plants and animals, as well as “the natural systems on which all life depends.” Founded in the 1970s by a team of law students and attorneys, it’s now a membership-based organization that collaborates with lawyers, activists, scientists, businesses, and individuals to identify the root cause of problems and formulate sustainable solutions. It works internationally to ensure everyone’s right to clean air, clean water, and healthy spaces amongst nature.
How you can get involved: Make a one-time or monthly donation, or add your voice to urgent campaigns. Spread awareness!
One Tree Planted
One Tree Planted is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a simple mission: one dollar = one tree. Founded in 2014 with the goal of making it easier and more simple for people to help the environment, One Tree Planted works with international reforestation organizations to fund the planting of trees that help stabilize the climate, provide habitat for biodiversity, and create sustainable jobs.
How you can get involved: Donate a dollar. Start a charity campaign to raise awareness and dollars on social media. If you’re itching to get your hands dirty, you can even become a Tree Ambassador and begin planting trees in your own community!