50 Things to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day with The Living Desert on our 50th AnniversaryApril 15, 2020
It may seem like the actions of one person will not make a difference to help conservation. However, as Jane Goodall has said “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” If we all do what we can, we will be able to make a real difference to help wildlife and wild places.
Below are 50 things that you can do, right now, to make a difference to benefit conservation. Many of these will directly benefit the conservation efforts of The Living Desert, our region, and our conservation collaborators. Find those that you can do, and go!
Thanks for all you do to help further conservation in our rich and lovely world!
Dr. James Danoff-Burg and the Department of Conservation Engagement and Learning team.
Things you can do to help our conservation efforts
- Sign up for our Run for Wildlife - Virtual Run Series. You will be able to learn about 7 species from North America or Africa, and the many things that we are doing to help conserve them! Sign up now!
- Learn more about the challenges facing the Vaquita in the Gulf of California by watching this video for free: Watch Now; or by searching for the feature-length documentary called Sea of Shadows on Netflix.
- Support our Vaquita conservation efforts by buying some nifty themed merchandise
- Sign an Earth Day letter to thank each of our many conservation partners!
- Cheetah Conservation Botswana for all they do
- Painted Dog Research Trust in Zimbabwe for all they do
- Wild Nature Institute for their work with giraffes in Tanzania
- The Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit for their anti-poaching work with Rhinos and all other wildlife in South Africa
- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife for their work with Endangered local species
- The Peninsular Pronghorn Recovery Project for their work in Baja Mexico
- Buy Fair Trade Certified Products>>
- Learn about the challenges faced by Desert Tortoises here in Southern California by watching this video: Click Here.
- Be politically engaged at the local and national level so you can support eco-conscious policies by writing a letter to one of your representatives
Help collect data for conservation at home
Become a Citizen Scientist to help gather environmental data with Earth Challenge 2020.
Conduct a Backyard BioBlitz by identifying and recording animals and plants in your yard.
Help Snapshot Ruhana identify wildlife in Tanzania from camera trap images. Click Here. Under ‘Learn More,’ scroll down to ‘Get Started’
Things you can do to make your home greener
Eat more plant-based meals, as meat has a very large impact on the planet. Learn more.
Wash your laundry on cold water and run full loads to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint.
Put a bucket in your shower and catch the cold water to use in your yard or for your pets.
Things you can do in your yard/outside
Use desert landscaping: switch out grass for dirt, gravel, and native plant species
Dump and drain any standing water around your property to stop invasive mosquitoes.
Things you can do when you shop
Shop at local farmers’ markets.
Check out your local Thrift Stores first before you buy brand new stuff - vintage is in - and it reduces impact on the earth and often your wallet
Be proactive when it comes to managing food waste. When buying groceries, have a good estimate of what food you need and will consume before it spoils. Save or freeze leftovers to reduce waste.
Things you can do at work
- Use Ecosia for a search engine instead of other search engines - it plants a tree when you use it: https://www.ecosia.org/
- When printing things, print 2-sided, or print on the back of single printed papers that you no longer need.
- Consider reusable and refillable k-cups/coffee filters.
- Pack your own silverware, reusable straws, and reusable to-go containers with you for use when you eat out.
Things you can do when you travel
Namibia: Visit Cheetah Conservation Fund.
Purchase carbon offsets to reduce your carbon footprint from air (or driving) miles.
When you travel, look into your destination’s resource use and sustainability practices and choose travel providers that are the most green.