Yesterday we took a look at animal welfare volunteer opportunities, today we move onto an area that has many similar philosophies and in some cases even crossover: environmental causes.
Local environmental causes focus on issues and opportunities that impact the land and environment in their community and local area. Opportunities can range from doing physical work to speaking out for the betterment of the community. Volunteers for local environmental causes do park, river, and roadway cleanups such as spring cleanings, invasive species clearing. Your local master gardeners are likely all volunteers or have to put in some volunteer time. They may organize and speak up for retaining green space for parks, the impact of community development, whether creating or removing a dam is a good idea, or how to reduce runoff that creates many different problems due to the volume and quality of the water going into the sewers. They educate the public on being ‘green’ such as how to reduce energy and resource consumption including finding local sources for everything from food to manufacturing seeking to reduce the impact of transporting our goods long distances.
Global environmental causes look at issues and concerns that affect the entire planet including not just the people that inhabit it but the animals, plants, and planet itself. Most global environment volunteers are doing more activist and conceptual work, as it is hard to do projects individually that impact the planet. They support organizations that look at what their nation or the world is doing on fuel consumption and alternative energies as well as conservation efforts. They may speak in local communities about the impact decisions can have on the entire environment and organize local fundraisers though the cause is global.
In the area of the environment, you can find any number of opportunities either manual or conceptual, from local to global focus.