We asked ourselves over and over, “What can we do to help?” To find out, we spent some time gathering information, actionables, and a list of organizations working to protect our environment. Here’s our curated list of resources for those wondering what to do in these troubling times.
Many environmental nonprofits offer information on how to reach out to the government and share your concerns. For example, the Nature Conservancy (environmental advocates working with the residents and industries neighboring wild spaces) offers petitions to add your voice:
Keep nature on the agenda - An easy to fill out virtual postcard that is sent to your Congressional Representatives and Senators. Tell them how important the environment is to you as a hiker.
Stand with Climate Action - A petition put together by the Nature Conservancy to advocate for worldwide reduction of carbon-impact.
Rallies and Marches
WTA is also hosting a Hiker Rally in Olympia on February 15. Check here for more details.
And if you don’t mind joining in one of the most crowded urban hikes you’ve ever taken, join the March for Science. A main march is being planned for D.C. but satellite marches are more than likely to pop up all over the country. Stay up to date on the plans by visiting their Facebook page or Twitter account.
And Don’t Forget the Beer!
If all this talk of advocating for the environment makes you thirsty, there are a couple places to grab a pint for a good cause.
Washington Wild’s Brewshed - The Brewshed Alliance knows that the most important ingredient in beer is clean water. Check out one of their Brewshed happy hours to find out more.
Beer Trumps Hate- Rooftop Brew Co. developed an IPA for a cause, and raised over $5,000 for the ACLU and Seattle’s Anti-Defamation League. They’re gearing up for another round soon!
But if it does start to feel like too much, or you’re just not sure your voice can make the impact you want, check out this article: How to #StayOutraged Without Losing Your Mind: Self-Care Lessons for the Resistance.
Want to connect with like-minded folks? Join the conversation with Political Northwest Hikers and Climbers.
Further Reading and Resources
- Nature Conservancy Addressing Environmental Challenges Today – Core Principles for a Time of Change
- Outdoor Industry Association Together We Can Defend Public Lands
- Outdoor Society Outdoor Rec is Political
- A Colorado Gal Politics and the Outdoor Industry
- TechCrunch Rogue National Park Service Twitter account says it’s no longer run by government employees…but maybe it never was