So, you’ve changed all your lightbulbs to CFLs. You’ve cut down on driving and eating meat. Heck, you even bring your own bags to the grocery store where you only buy food produced organically within a 250-mile radius of your home. You buy carbon offsets to atone for your earthly sins. What else can you do?
Volunteer your time with an environmental organization! I’m not the “stage a demonstration” type of person, and sitting at info tables at festivals isn’t my cup of tea either. I started volunteering with watershed alliances to help with water quality monitoring back in grad school. There are millions of streams in every part of the country – yeah, even that stinky little creek that runs behind the gas station needs to be monitored!
Anyway, today was a monitoring day:
Yours truly, getting ready to record the data
A trail crosses the stream just downstream of the site
Winkler titration to test for dissolved oxygen. Science!
Our group also conducts regular creek cleanups and does trail maintenance and non-native species removal in the nature reserve our creek runs through. One of the best things I did all last year was to haul 5 bags of trash out of the creek during the cleanup. There are so many ways to get involved in on-the-ground conservation, restoration, and monitoring. Find out about the groups in your area that are doing something you think is important and fun!