Warming oceans. Deforestation. Species extinction. Mountains of food waste. Rafts of plastic trash in our oceans. The global scale and daunting complexity of current environmental issues can feel overwhelming. Layer on top of that the current U.S. political climate in which the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) budgets are getting slashed and environmental policies like the Clean Power Plan are getting rescinded, and our range of response amplifies to a jarring and confusing mix of anger, despair, and helplessness.
What can we, each of us, possibly do to counter these frightening trends?
The most important thing we can do is break it down to size. Do one thing and then the next. Tackle big things by doing small things consistently.
But what are the small things you can do well in the tumult of enormous environmental challenges? My work at 1% for the Planet, a nonprofit that works to boost charitable giving to approved environmental nonprofits, has shown me that the currency of our time and our dollars is what will ultimately bring about everyday change. Here are a few simple ways to meaningfully engage in giving back to the planet through donations and volunteering: