Wild Earth Guardians offers many ways for passionate individuals, couples, and families to get involved — both online and in person.People can work together planting trees on restoration sites, or they can ask their friends on social media to sign petitions for public land protection.“The virtual part is a bigger component of our work than it was,” John said.
You can also send messages to your political representatives asking to protect wildlife — and invite your friends on social media to do the same.
“No matter where you are, you can be part of a community of like-minded, committed people who want to see the natural world protected,” John said.
It was created in 1989 as Forest Guardians to protect the Mexican spotted owl from being displaced due to logging.
Its most substantial victory was when it successfully ended logging on 21 million acres of forest in the Southwest.
“Everyone is a guardian of family, children, parents, and communities.
What we’re trying to do is evoke this sense of guardianship for the natural world,” John said.
Individuals, couples, and families can choose to work on a variety of impactful projects, including taking down unused livestock fencing to allow wildlife to move freely or helping remove unnecessary roads that can increase erosion and degrade or pollute waterways.
These volunteer projects have produced tangible benefits. In 2011, Wild Earth Guardians won that battle, causing the USFWS to protect an additional 800 species.
“We believe that we’re inextricably tied to the natural world, and, as guardians, we have a duty to speak up and protect the vulnerable and the voiceless.” The organization has 250,000 members from around the United States who support that mission.