Whether you smell the salt air each day or have never seen the Gulf in person, you can be an advocate for marine conservation wherever you are. The role of individuals and communities in effecting positive change is critical to making Mississippi and the Gulf Coast even better!
Learn what you can from trusted sources, including The Nature Conservancy's web site (nature.org) and magazine, science journals, and related sources.
Take personal action
Conserving water, reducing pollution, disposing of your trash properly, minimizing waste or even planting a tree can make a big difference for the plants, animals and people along the Gulf Coast. Even if you live 200 miles inland.
Share information, ideas and success stories with others
You can talk with your neighbors, chat with your friends, impress your family or even coworkers with your new-found knowledge. They may not know, for example, that a single oyster can remove the sediment from up to 30 gallons of water each day.
Don't forget to include links on your Facebook page, Tweet about your successes and let others know through other social media outlets about all you are doing. Your photos and videos are great tools!
Communicate with decision-makers
Let others know what is important to you. Contact government officials, neighborhood associations and others—including when you support a decision to protect or improve habitat. Even efforts upstream to help reduce erosion or pollution will have a positive effect on the Gulf.
Donate your time
Seek opportunities to help make Mississippi even better. Consider neighborhood clean-up efforts, projects to remove invasive species that out-compete native plants, tree-planting, or even Gulf-specific tasks such as removing abandoned crab traps.
Donate your resources
The Nature Conservancy relies on the support of its members and donors to continue our efforts to improve areas for plants, animals and people. Donate today.
As always, the Conservancy thanks you for your interest and support! Together, we are truly protecting nature and preserving life.
May 24, 2011