Whether it's protecting wildlife, conserving the oceans or fighting climate change, environmental charities play a crucial role in raising awareness, and both inspiring and leading action. For many of us, this is something incredibly close to our hearts.
Why Volunteer With An Environmental Charity?
The best environmental charities do so much great work to ensure future generations can enjoy the same beautiful planet as we do. If this sounds like something you'd like to get involved with, volunteering could be the perfect option.
As well as seeing exactly how your time can make a difference, it's also very rewarding. There's a good chance you'll meet some wonderful new people, and make lasting friendships while learning new skills. You may even be able to carry these forward into a new job or an exciting new career.
How To Help Environmental Charities
VOLUNTEER AT A FESTIVAL
Charities such as WWF-UK offer schemes where you can donate your time to festivals. You may be required to steward stages, car parks and campsites, check tickets and wristbands, or work on a bar or merchandise stall. As well as getting free entry to the festival, your charity receives a donation for your time.
HELP IN AN OFFICE
All charities, no matter their size, need things like admin and coordination carrying out. Large organisations have offices, which can be really big depending on the charity. Whether it's data entry, research projects or correspondence, or something like design and editing tasks, painting or carpentry - the roles can be hugely varied.
ADOPT A GREENER LIFESTYLE
They say that charity starts at home, and this is certainly true when it comes to reducing your own personal impact on the environment. From becoming more self-sufficient to switching to renewable energy, recycling properly, banking with an ethical organisation and making changes to how you travel, your individual choices can have much more of an impact than you think.
TRY COMMUNITY GARDENING
Whether helping to protect an area rich in wildlife, maintaining a public garden, or growing fruits and vegetables, there are lots of ways you can get involved. You could volunteer with an organisation such as the Wildlife Trusts, or see what's happening in your local area.
ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS
If you love to spend time out in nature reserves or woodlands, you could combine your passion with some volunteering. The UK's leading wetland conservation charity, the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, aims to save critically endangered species from extinction, while promoting the health of wetland environments. The Woodland Trust meanwhile owns and maintains over 1,000 woods across the UK, which are free to visit and explore. From monitoring wildlife to maintenance work and helping visitors, getting outdoors can be great for your own health and happiness too.
Things To Know Before You Volunteer
If you decide to volunteer at a festival, you may have to pay a deposit for your ticket, which is refunded once you complete all of your shifts.
If you can't afford to help out for free doing something like office work, some charities, such as Friends of the Earth, have also been known to offer paid internships.
Where To Get Started
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