This Earth Day, help ‘Protect Our Species’ by supporting local nonprofits that are the key to sustainable change.
Every year, more than one billion people around the world mobilize for the environment. April 22nd has been celebrated since 1970 as Earth Day: a day of civic participation in which everyone from school children to world leaders pledge to address the pressing issues which threaten our shared planet. The theme for 2019 is “Protect Our Species”, a call to slow the dire threats to our planet’s biodiversity, which leaves many wondering how to best support this cause.
On the largest civic-focused day of action in the world, we urge participants to have a truly sustainable impact by supporting the local organizations which are bringing environmental change to their communities.
Below are organizations fundraising for Earth Day with environmental campaigns to protect their region’s biodiversity. Support their work with tax-deductible donations and know that you are making a sustainable, valuable impact to these communities and to the Earth.
Australia has the worst mammal extinction rate in the world. Tasmania , its largest island, is the last refuge for some of Australia’s most critically endangered animals – species that are now virtually extinct elsewhere including the Eastern Bettong, Eastern QuolI and Eastern Barred Bandicoot. Together with local farmers, Greening Australia’s Tasmania Island Ark program is recreating over 6,000 ha of wildlife habitat across Tasmania. This Earth Day, Greening Australia is part of the global campaign to protect our species. Donations made now will go towards their Tasmania Island Ark program and will help to create a stronghold for endangered wildlife in Tasmania, while revitalising local farming communities.
Network for Human and Social Development, Pakistan
Water pollution in Pakistan has significant a significant impact on the environment, particularly due to plastic littering and garbage release with seep into animal habitats and lead to species death. Network for Human and Social Development (NHSD) is working to vigilantly intervene in plastic dumping to preserve animal biomes as part of their Earth Day mobilization to protect our species.
NHSD is further implementing a massive tree plantation event which will create greener spaces through the plantation of 70,000 fruit and 10,000 mangrove trees. Their similar mobilization on Earth Day in 2009 earned recognition by the Guinness Book of World Records as the greatest number of saplings planted in one day.
Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (MCBT), India
The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (MCBT) promotes the conservation of reptiles and amphibians and their habitats through education, scientific research, and captive breeding. They are currently working on projects ranging from research to animal husbandry to its famous field station in the Western Ghats, where the only king cobra telemetry study in India is underway and where several discoveries have already been made on the herpetology of this biological hotspot. Contributions to them will go directly toward their ambitious projects expand their research and conservation capacity and preserve India’s unique biodiversity.
Bright Star Mobile Library, Pakistan
Bright Star Mobile Library (BSML) is a unique initiative which brings educational and social opportunities to underprivileged households. In celebration of Earth Day, they are mobilizing a three-month pilot project to bring environmental awareness and activism into the lives of 5,000 primary schoolchildren that they visit each week – as well as to their families. Donations made to this project will be used to cover supplies including aprons, protective gloves, and laptops that are needed to complete the design, implementation, and monitoring of this initiative so that it can be scaled up in other communities.
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