Many of us after reading the current headlines are starting to worry about the future of our wild spaces. As hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, we want to keep our wild spaces...wild. That means free of pollution, with minimal human interference. Recent events feel like a threat to our environment — and we can’t help but be worried.
We’ve never considered ourselves politically active. But with the fate of our environment called into question, we felt like we needed to get involved. We needed to uses our voices to help.
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.
With policy changes affecting the way the EPA, NASA, and the National Parks can share information with the public, “Rogue”, “Resistance”, and “Alternate” Twitter accounts have cropped up for many federal environmental and science-focused organizations. Anonymous employees in each of these organizations are taking their free time to share resources, facts, and updates with the public. In our times of “Alternate Facts” one of the most important things to do is to arm yourself with the truth. Here’s a collection of our favorite Twitter accounts:
Rallies and Marches
Rally with Washington Trails Association. Check out this blog post to read more about WTA’s legislative priorities for the upcoming year and how you can help.
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!
There are many more resources, causes, and actions out there to learn about and discover. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by it all— see it as a positive thing. With so many open spaces, more voices will be heard.
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
Check out these great articles to help you bring your voice to the conversation: