Greetings Ocean Guardians! We hope you have been getting more and more excited about the contest with each passing week! Last time, we discussed how you can make your Twitter tweet at the real birds from the touch of your feed. This week we are talking about community engagement. That could be through volunteering, learning how to be an activist, or both.
Becoming activists in our own communities
In the past, environmental activists were the few individuals who took strong, often controversial actions (such as putting themselves at personal risk) to protect the environment. Mocked by adversaries, activists were given derogatory labels such as “tree-huggers” or “hippies”. Yet, at this stage in our history, most of us can agree that environmental degradation is happening. Moreover, that it’s a pressing and urgent threat. To help our communities — both local and global — we need to do the following:
- Dedicate our time as volunteers
- Engage in civic action
- Work to give the planet a voice so that our future children will be able to enjoy this home!
Volunteering for change
Your time, skills, knowledge, and experience will come in handy and in helping committed organizations protect the natural environment. At first it may seem like work, but it really is a win-win-win for the you, the organization, and the planet! Just like we tidy your home on rainy Sunday afternoons, we also need to pick up Planet Earth during our time here. Below are some organizations to get involved with or donate to if you do not have time. Also, locally there are many more to choose from so do not limit yourself!
At Bodhi, we love Patagonia Action Works, a website created to help “connect committed individuals to organizations working on environmental issues in the same community”. We encourage Ocean Guardians to utilize this fantastic resource on their quest!
Getting involved by attending public meetings
We live in a world full of alerts and notifications where access to the latest international headlines is a finger tap away. It is far too common for us to be blind to the issues and events occurring within our own communities! Get out there face-to-face, foster personal relationships, and join forces with other individuals who are interested in local grassroots environmental protection! To find public meetings in your area do a quick online search. If you need some more help trying to find dates and places, below are some organizations that provide calendars:
- Center for Biological Diversity Events
- Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Events Calendar
- Greenpeace USA Events
Doing it for the generations to come
“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”.
As cliche as it may sound, it really is up to us to make a chance. Remember the feeling of your first time snorkeling or your first hike with your family? Now imagine what it would be like if we no longer had these beautiful resources. The human population is continuing to grow and it is vital that our future generations can appreciate the same beauty from Planet Earth. As a group of Ocean Guardians and environmental stewards, let’s take a stand together! The skills you have can always be taken out of the work setting and moved into volunteering or advocating in civic life.
Written by Kerry Dunn