Lace up your 100% recycled-material shoes and pour yourself some organic, shade-grown coffee, because it’s time to give back to Mother Earth!
The term “environmental volunteering” may make you think of picking up trash on the highway (still always an option), but there are so many different and exciting ways to devote your time to protecting the planet and promoting sustainability. You don’t even have to leave the cozy temperature-regulated indoors if you don’t want to! Here are a few ideas to get you started:
What better way to save the Earth than by digging in the dirt? More and more community gardens are popping up in the city and in Massachusetts towns, with the intention of providing healthy, sustainably-grown options for local residents. If you’re looking for a chance to beef up your resume as a super gardener, or if you just like hanging out with plants, get more info here.
Banish Food Waste
So much of our food goes to a landfill—sometimes before it ever gets to our plates. Boston Area Gleaners is an organization that collects the excess, otherwise, uneaten fruits and veggies from local farms and gives it to people who need it. Volunteers can sign up for trips to pick produce any day of the week.
Another great option is Food for Free, a Cambridge-based organization that also focuses on putting good, unused produce on hungry people’s plates. They offer volunteer opportunities ranging from office work to farming, to delivering meals to elderly or disabled Cambridge residents. Find more information here.
Give Bees a Chance and/or Go Batty!
Ok, maybe we’re just trying to impress you with puns at this point. But the conservation of both bees and bats is crucial to our own survival and that of countless other species. Help get the word out to the public about the dangers these species face and the ways to prevent their decline. You can learn more and find teaching resources, including handouts and flyers, on planetbee.org and the Organization for Bat Conservation’s website.
Inpsire Mini World-Savers
One of the best place to make a difference is in a school. It’s up to us to prep the next generation to become recyclers, advocators, and compassionate, planet-loving heroes. You can sign up with a nonprofit like CitySprouts, which develops gardens within public schools to educate students and connect them with the environment. Another option is to find out if a school or camp near you has an environmentally-focused club with which you could work.
This post is by Abbey Foucart, one of Boston Green Blog's newest contributors! Learn more about Abbey and the rest of the teamhere.