Support community-based conservation right where you live.
Here’s some things that you can do in your own community:
1. VOLUNTEER FOR A LOCAL COMMUNITY-BASED CONSERVATION ORGANIZATION.
Do you live near a lake? Forest? Prairie? If you’re in an urban area, is there an organization working to make your city greener? Get involved with a group where you live and become a community conservationist yourself.
2. START YOUR OWN GROUP.
Have a favorite species that lives near you? Love teaching children about nature? Wish all the restaurants in town would use sustainable takeout containers? Conservation can take many forms, and YOU could be the person who gathers people together to solve a conservation problem. Our Resources page has some useful information, or contact us if you need advice.
3. SPREAD THE WORD
Have conversations about the huge impact of community-based conservation. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Talk to your friends and family about how local communities actually protect much of the world’s biodiversity.
4. ENCOURAGE A COMMUNITY-BASED APPROACH.
Talk to the conservation organizations that you’re involved in or donate to about community-based conservation. Ask the organizations if their projects involve local people and how (use our Checklist for ideas).