Three young women laughing.
Tree Planting Fun Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund interns and volunteers planted 2,000 tree seedlings at a school and three neighboring farms in South Kinangop, Kenya. © Roshni Lodhia

Stories in Africa

Five Ways You Can Help Planet Together

The planet needs us, so here’s the plan: You share easy actions with others, and together, we turn dire into doable.

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!

Man kneeling down planting a seedling.
Planting New Trees TNC staff and volunteers planted approximately 2,000 tree seedlings outside a school and on neighbouring farms, South Kinangop, Kenya. © Roshni Lodhia

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.

kids gathered under a tree
Eco-Warriors Kids meet in nature in South Africa. © Alistair Berg

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.

woman leaning out safari vehicle with binoculars
On Safari A visitor enjoys Nairobi National Park in Kenya. © Peter Ndung'u

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.

Ademola Ajabe's Earth Day Message TNC Africa Regional Managing Director Ademola Ajagbe has an Earth Day message: We can all make a difference by taking simple steps.

5. Sign Up for News From TNC Africa

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