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Three Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Conservation Northwest

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at Apr 22, 2014 10:00 AM |

Looking for three easy ways to be green on Earth Day? Let Conservation Northwest inspire you...

Three Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Conservation Northwest

"In wildness is the preservation of the world." Giant cedars in BC's Inland Temperate Rainforest. Photo by James Johnston

So you logged on to your computer and you saw that little hummingbird on the Google homepage and you thought...hmm, what's that about? Then you realize, ahhh, it's Earth Day! Your next question is, "well what does that really mean for me? I'm too busy to do anything about it."  Well here at Conservation Northwest, every day is Earth Day. And everyday, the simple actions of caring people helps us protect and connect wildlife habitat. In fact, we cannot do our work without the support of regular, busy, hardworking people like yourself who care enough to help even in the smallest of ways. So naturally, we have some ideas on how you can celebrate Earth Day, even if you are too busy:

1. Make a pledge to spend more time outside this year. It's simple, the more connected you are to nature, the more inspired and motivated you will be to make green choices in your life - whether it be driving less, using less stuff, or eating healthier, homemade food. You might also get inspired enough to get involved as a volunteer with your favorite cause. One fun way to spend more time outside is to join our wildlife monitoring team. We are always in need of people who love spending time outside who would like to help us set and monitor wildlife cameras in remote, wild places.

2. Become a member of a non-profit organization working to make the planet a better place.  Don't have time to volunteer or get more involved? Then show you care by putting your money where your heart is.  We of course would love for you to join Conservation Northwest. You'll find we are a hard-working, fun-loving organization that gets it done. With the help and support of our membership, we have protected and connected millions of acres of wildlife habitat in Washington and British Columbia. By becoming a member, you become part of an amazing community of people who are helping keep the Northwest wild.

3. Start talking. Henry David Thoreau said, "In wildness is the preservation of the world." There is no issue before us that is more important to our future than the preservation of wild places and their natural resources we depend on for our survival. Yet the environment, especially wilderness and wildlife issues, consistently ranks lower on the priorities list when it comes to legislative and policy agendas. We need to change that perception. And the way we do that is to start talking. Use the channels available to you (dinner parties, Facebook, book clubs, church groups, etc.) to raise the specter of environmental issues and make them visible and make them important. The more people start discussing them openly, the easier our jobs become to make the changes we need to see made in policy and law.

These are three easy things that anyone can do, no matter who you are. Now that you are on your computer, become a member, then get up and go outside, and finish with some dinner conversation about an environmental issue important to you. That's an easy formula to be green this Earth Day!

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