September is National Wilderness Month, which means it’s time to learn more about the planet we inhabit. You already know the basics: trees are torn down and oceans are polluted, causing animals to die and the environment as a whole to suffer. Even though humans have destroyed large chunks of the wilderness, we’re capable of fixing our mistakes. Of course, it takes a lot of time and effort in order to do so, which is why we need as much help as we can get. If you love animals and want to help save the environment, here are a few ways you can support wilderness restoration in the USA.
If you don’t have the time or the patience to get your hands dirty to restore the environment, you can always fall back on donations. No matter what cause you’re trying to support, money can work changes happen. So if you want to help restore Arizona’s forests, you can donate to The Nature Conservancy. You can also donate to the Rainforest Foundation US, because every $5 will preserve an acre of rainforest.
Planting a tree sounds like a simple thing to do, but it can really help the environment. There are forests, like Huron-Manistee National Forest, that need more trees in order to create a larger living space for animals. Of course, if you don’t have the money to travel to places that need your help, it’s also beneficial to plant trees in your own backyard, especially if you live in the city. Urban trees can prevent water runoff, which can cause pollution in local streams. They can also absorb dangerous chemicals in the soil. However, sometimes trees aren’t the best things to plant. For instance, bamboo can be more helpful when it comes to protecting sloping lands and riparian zones.
Some people don’t think recycling is a big deal, but it can actually save forests that are thousands of miles away from you. After all, when you recycle, fewer trees need to be torn down in order to create the products we use every single day. That means the more often you recycle, the more trees and animals will exist in the world.
Joining an organization aimed at restoring the wilderness will kill two birds with one stone. It will help save the forests while helping you feel like a valuable part of your community. However, if getting out of the house is an issue, you can simply add your email address to a newsletter. That way, you’ll get emails alerting you when there are opportunities to sign petitions to help wildlife or when there are opportunities donate money to new programs.
You can choose to “adopt” a wild animal in order to raise money to help protect that type of animal. You can take your pick of saving wolves, penguins, sharks, tigers, bats, or even otters. Once you donate money, not only will you feel great about yourself, but you could also earn yourself a free stuffed animal. If you have friends that are nature buffs, then this is a great gift to get for them when you can’t think of anything else to buy.
We live in an amazing world. Take some time out to enjoy the natural environments we have. Spending time outdoors is all part of living a full life. Celebrate the wilderness during this wonderful holiday.
What are you going to do to help support wilderness restoration?