You love this amazing planet, but it shouldn’t feel like the weight of it all is on your shoulders. We can make positive change by inspiring others to take actions, even small ones. We have five easy things you can do right now:
1. Make Your Voice Heard
Social media is an amazing tool we can all use to make our voices heard and to take action—together. When you share what you are doing to protect the planet, you never know who you might inspire to follow suit.
You can follow TNC Africa on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook to stay informed about conservation work in Africa, hear about big wins, and learn about amazing people and wildlife—and you may just be inspired yourself!
2. Plant a Tree
Trees provide so many benefits to our everyday lives. They filter clean air, provide fresh drinking water, help curb climate change, and create homes for thousands of species of plants and animals.
Tree planting is an important part of several of our programs, including working with the Mtangawanda Women’s Association to restore mangroves on Kenya’s coast, planting 3.6 million trees with the Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund, and supporting forest conservation efforts through the Africa Forest Carbon Catalyst.
Look for opportunities to plant trees with reputable organizations near you that will help ensure the trees are the right species in the right places, and will receive the proper care needed to reach maturity.
3. Keep the Environment Clean
One of the easiest things we can do to keep our lands and waters cleaner is reducing our use of plastics. Plastic waste is in our oceans and watersheds, and scientists are finding plastic debris in nearly every part of the world.
Many countries in Africa already ban the use of plastic bags, but you can go even further. Carry a refillable water bottle instead of purchasing bottled water, choose toiletries and cleaning products that come in bars, powders, or strips, and look for gently used items instead of buying new. Or, prevent large plastic waste from reaching the ocean by participating in a local stream clean-up.
4. Get Out in Nature
Here in Africa, we are lucky to have some of the world’s most iconic wildlife at our doorsteps. Consider planning a trip to a local national park or community-run wildlife protected area. In Kenya, 65 percent of wildlife lives outside of national parks.
Spending time in nature has many known benefits to our physical and mental health. Plus, supporting local ecotourism can have positive ripple effects for conservation and communities.
5. Sign Up for News From TNC Africa
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