I firmly believe in “giving back” – to our planet, its wildlife and people. Giving back can be something as simple as lending your voice to a cause, or spreading the word on social media. It can be something as free as installing an in-home trash can, designated solely for the recycling of paper/cardboard products (this reduces your contribution to the landfill!). Or it can be donating your time or money to a cause that inspires or moves you. Here are my causes, and perhaps while you’re taking a look, you’ll adopt one for yourself:
I learned of Cause an Uproar on Nat Geo Wild during Big Cat Week 2011. Their clever PSA’s and overall pro-conservation message hooked me… I didn’t want to be part of a conversation where we talk about big cats “the way we talk about dinosaurs.” Since 2011, I’ve made two outright donations, purchased “Cause an Uproar” clothing/accessories, and uploaded my own “little kitties for big cats” pictures (it only costs $5!). My support for this cause is unyielding. Check out their awesome video (below):
It was during a screening of Born to Be Wild (2011) in the St. Louis Science Center’s OMNIMAX Theater that I learned of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Anyone who knows me knows I vehemently oppose poaching and the illegal wildlife trade/trafficking – especially when elephants, one of my favorite mammals, are involved. The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust rescues elephant and rhinoceros calves who’ve been orphaned as a result of poaching. The calves are cared for and reintroduced into the wild as adolescents/adults, something I find to be inspiring and amazing.
In addition to signing WWF petitions throughout the year and sharing their videos or stories across social media platforms, I purchase multiple annual calendars (because I can’t decide if I want big cats, elephants, or baby animals!) for myself and my family. A portion of calendar proceeds is donated to support conservation efforts – so do yourself a favor, do some good and as a result, have spectacular images to look at every morning, all year long!
What I love about the Wildlife Conservation Network is that 100% of your donation can be designated to a conservation group (ex. elephants). Donations have been made to this organization in my honor for occasions such as graduation and my birthday.
International Rhino Foundation - my initial support for the IRF began on World Rhino Day (Sept. 22) 2013!
Other Worthy Causes:
In the past, I have worked with or donated to the following causes:
Ste. Genevieve County Association for Retarded Citizens - This was the local ARC chapter. The ARC is an organization devoted to assisting those with intellectual or developmental disabilities. I volunteered to assist with their annual Christmas dinner in 2003, and as the Vice President of my school’s FBLA chapter, I championed and led a committee of volunteers in 2004.
Organization(s) I Anticipate Supporting:
I wouldn’t mind a subscription to their award-winning magazine National Wildlife, perhaps that will be the forthcoming annual contribution!