Volunteering

Wherever you are in the world there's something you can do. Research local land trusts or land management organizations to see if they need help. You can help maintain woodlands, eradicate invasive species, and monitor deforestation. Even just going for a hike on popular trails to collect rubbish can stop wildlife dying from eating plastic. Walking along any stretch of beach you'll find plenty of trash, and stop it going out to join the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or North Atlantic Garbage Patch.

You don't need to fly to the Seychelles for a week of volunteering to pick up litter, you can do that anywhere, on a hike, at the beach, or by a lake. Similarly you can research your local "Gleaners" network. Gleaners go to farms and pick the "second harvest" (i.e slightly bruised but edible food) to reduce food waste and help bolster food banks.

Here are a few more specific ideas.

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The Woodland Trust is reforesting the United Kingdom, working with communities, local authorities, and land owners, to get trees in the ground.

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Open-source community who share instructions for creating plastic shredders, injectors, and sheet presses, so you can create anything you want from used plastic. Collect plastic from neighbors, clean it, shred it, 3D print a mold, and create anything you can imagine! You can buy the machines too if making them is out of your wheelhouse.

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