We can not expect too much from our federal government these days regarding land ethics and ecological priorities. As a result, we turn to non-profit organizations to do the noble work of conservation land buying, environmental education, research, and legal action. Some of these groups are expansive like the Nature Conservancy and others are tiny, solely run by volunteers.
This November 27 is called “Giving Tuesday,” where many organizations will be requesting your donations. Instead of Black Friday consumerism, it is a moment to give back to those who keep our communities humming, natural, and just.
It is hard to choose which organizations to support because there are a plethora operating around the world and those whose missions focus on one place. Recently, there have been some environmental success stories to note and praise. A week ago I learned that against steep odds, mountain gorilla populations are expanding. “This is a beacon of hope,” stated Tara Stoiniski of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.
From David Berger, I smiled to read, Olive Ridley sea turtle hatchlings have been spotted for the first time in decades on a Mumbai, India beach that was rejuvenated in the past two years by a massive volunteer cleanup operation. “The world’s largest beach cleanup project,” beams the United Nations was orchestrated by Afroz Shah, working alone and with The Wildlife Institute of India.
There are innumerable ways to support conservation, from cash donations, to volunteering your time. On Saturday, February 2, Friends of Trees and the Sandy River Watershed Council will be coordinating the planting of another 1,200 native trees and shrubs at the Sandy River Delta. The Friends of the Gorge will be offering dozens of hikes in spring, 2019. The Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute needs classroom assistance in teaching children about ecology and helping facilitate field trips.
Whether donating a dollar or volunteering for a day, the Earth needs your help…and will you pay you back in ways we can only imagine. ~