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The Conservation Alliance

Giving Tuesday for the Environment

Giving Tuesday for the Environment


Coastal reserve and marine sanctuary (credit: Riled Up Journal)


It is Giving Tuesday and a day to provide support for non-progif groups who really make a difference. Consider a conservation or science-based organization working year-round to protect the natural world with your donation.

Environmental issues are large, small, and everywhere. Efforts range from: air and water pollution; wildlife studies and landscape protection; marine conservation; reforestation and ecological restoration; and to creating resilience from impacts of climate change. Many worthy groups exist but here are three examples where a donation goes directly to support a project:

1. Mission Blue, founded by oceanographer and National Geographic Society explorer Sylvia Earle, has the goal to "ignite public support for the protection of Hope Spots—special places that are vital to the health of the ocean, the blue heart of our planet."  One of their immediate aims is to significantly increase the number of marine protected areas around the world. The organization shares discoveries made by a network of oceanic researchers with the public through films, social and traditional media, and innovative technology. To help Mission Blue donate here.

2. The Conservation Alliance is a national environmental organization initiated by leaders from the US outdoor industry. TCA aims to protect wildlands throughout North America through on-the-ground conservation projects. Since the Organization's founding in 1989, the Alliance has given grants to grassroots projects from Arctic Alaska to Baja California and everywhere in between. At last count, their efforts have resulted in protecting over 74,000,000 acres of wild landscapes for future outdoor enjoyment and environmental purposes. Their continuing work can supported with a donation here.

3. Save Our Shores has made it their mission to care for the marine environment through ocean awareness, advocacy, and individual action along California's Monterey Bay coastal region. The volunteer organization has: the prevented oil drilling along offshore waters; helped to establish the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, prevented pollution from tourist cruise ships; and developed community solutions to local marine issues. The educational focus of SOS teaches students about watersheds, ocean and river pollution; advocates for plastic-free communities; and manages an annual Coastal Cleanup Day. You can assist these initiatives with your support here.

Nature protection requires far longer attention than simply a one-day event or donation. You should consider supporting such projects on a sustaining basis.

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