All across the globe, households are taking steps to become more sustainable, whether it’s recycling, using renewable energy, or shopping sustainably. With these collective efforts, we all can make a difference, but what else can you do to protect the Earth? There are many fantastic eco-based charities across the world. With more support, there’s no limit to the results that such organizations can achieve. To protect the planet, here are six top charities that you can support.
The Conservation Fund
The Conservation Fund works to protect over seven million + acres of land across America including waterways, deserts, parks and forests. Back in 2005, The Conservation Fund started a project called ‘Go Zero’. The project aims to plant as many trees as possible to offset climate change. So far, CF has planted 10 million + trees. The Conservation Fund hosts several events and courses, for instance, they are set to hold a ‘Conservation Banking Training Course’. Conservation Banking is a method which is used to conserve endangered, at-risk and threatened species.
350.org is a charity dedicated to fighting climate change. The organization’s aim is to reduce C02 to 350 parts per million. This is considered a safe level, and currently, we are at around 408. The organization seeks to end the use of fossil fuels, replacing all with renewable energy. The charity wants to accelerate the switch to a clean energy economy. They are fighting to cut off investments and financing for fossil fuel-based companies. 350.org are working to prioritize people’s health, build solidarity, and help communities instead of corporations.
Pure Earth works to address pollution, specifically in low-income countries. Pure Earth identifies pollution hot spots and helps these communities to improve air quality, water and soil. According to Pure, ‘Toxic pollutants at contaminated sites affect the health of more than 200 million people worldwide.’ So far, Pure has cleaned up 120 locations, meaning that those who live there will experience healthier lives, free from pollution based disease. Pure Earth projects follow several fundamental principles. These include, a focus on health; local ownership; the polluter pays; urgent steps first; and combining technology and excellent science.
Oceana is a charity fighting to protect oceans all across the world. In 1999 it was revealed that only 0.5 per cent of U.S environmental resources went towards ocean advocacy. In response to the issue, the Oceana charity was born. Oceana runs a wide range of campaigns, including reducing accidental fishing catches; stopping the shark trade; and ending the use of seismic airguns on the ocean floor. Oceana is working hard to end the pollution of our ocean’s, and there are plenty of opportunities to donate and get involved on the website. When we experience the value of giving back, we are not just helping a good cause but improving our well being at the same time.
Global Footprint Network
The Global Footprint Network is on a mission to help individuals, companies and governments make more sustainable choices. Global Footprint has so far collaborated with 30 cities and 50 nationals to fight climate change, reduce ecological footprints and champion sustainable development. The Global Footprint Network created a tool to help social entrepreneurs and development organizations assess the effectiveness of their projects. The GFN uses National Footprint and Biocapacity accounts to calculate the footprints of 200 + countries.
Natural Resources Defense Council
The National Resources Defense Council tackles huge issues each year from renewable energy and food waste to climate change. The NRDC is made up of 3 million + members, and 700 policy advocates, lawyers and scientists. The organization has several programs, including ‘International’, ‘Healthy People & Thriving Communities’ and ‘Climate & Clean Energy’.
One of the critical areas that the NRDC campaign for is health. The National Resources Defense Council is responsible for getting millions of harmful pesticides off the market.
As detailed on their website, ‘When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fails to protect Americans, workers, and children from dangerous chemicals, NRDC takes them to court. To help the issue further, support your local community by purchasing from independent and ethical health food stores.
The website offers much advice and knowledge from ‘staying eco-friendly during COVID-19’ to the continued impacts of the BP oil disaster.
Each of these websites has details of how you can get involved and offer your support. This support could be through donations, petitions, online communities or attending events. Above all, spread the word when you support an eco-charity. When we talk about our efforts to protect the planet, we can encourage others to do the same.