If you’re reading this, you’re ready to act. Beyond donating, staying informed and sharing important news with your friends and family, you want to do something. The steps you take need not be grand gestures. From paying attention to where the wood for your new cabinets came from to drinking coffee that doesn’t harm forests, you can make a difference through everyday actions that help protect and improve the planet we all share.
The most cherished gifts are those that give back. Support the companies that help Conservation International build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.
In an effort to support the Sarara Initiative, Life is Good created a Limited-Edition Life is Good Sarara Elephant T-shirt.
The design is inspired by the beautiful beadwork of the Samburu people. Life is Good will be donating 100% of the Sarara Elephant Tee net profits to help fund sustainability and conservation efforts in Africa. The Sarara Initiative will safeguard more than 850,000 acres of wilderness, provide sanctuary for elephants and other wildlife, and ensure sustainable livelihoods for the indigenous people of the region.
glassybaby — maker of one-of-a-kind, hand-blown, 100% sustainable, glass votives and drinking glasses — has partnered with Conservation International to bring hope and healing to our planet.
The company donates 10% of sales of its signature votives —
“silver lining” to Conservation International for global conservation efforts. The glassybaby contribution from “mother earth” helps preserve standing forests, while “home” and “silver lining” support Conservation International's work with the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy (NWC) and the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (Kenya), which provides a safe place for injured elephants to heal and a home for orphaned elephants affected by poaching and the ivory trade.
Each year, Havaianas designs a collection of Conservation International flip flops.
Available in three ocean-inspired prints, these specially designed flip flops feature fish and coral reefs found off the coast of Brazil — a region supported by Conservation International.
Havaianas contributes 7% of the sales of these flip flops toward protecting the biodiversity of Brazilian marine ecosystems. Together, CI and Havaianas support initiatives to disseminate science-based information and raise awareness of the importance of marine biodiversity.
Pure Brazilian, an artisanal coconut water company, has partnered with Conservation International to help save the Amazon. Pure Brazilian gives 1% of its global sales to Conservation International to help support the restoration of degraded areas in the Brazilian rainforest.
Each time you sip the sustainably sourced coconut water from the Amazon, you will help protect the source of the coconuts and the lifeline of the Earth — the Amazon rainforest.
In celebration of Disneynature’s True-Life Adventure “Monkey Kingdom,” this Activist Love Monkey pendant is inspired by the playful and uplifting adventures of a family of monkeys set in the deep jungles of South Asia.
This design by Alex Woo features the courageous heroine, Maya, curled up into a heart to symbolize her love for her mate and their newborn, Kip.
Alex Woo will give 20% of proceeds from sales of this design to Conservation International to ensure a healthy, productive Earth for everyone.
The next time you shop on Amazon, you can contribute to global conservation efforts. For every purchase you make through
AmazonSmile, 0.5% of the price will be donated directly to CI.
The best part? Signing up is easy. Before you start shopping, just log on to
AmazonSmile — that link automatically selects CI as your charity choice. After you enter your Amazon account information, the top of your browser should say “Supporting: Conservation International Foundation.”
Shop as usual — while making a difference!
Not all seafood is created equal — but you can help keep the Earth’s oceans and rivers healthy and balanced by choosing to eat fish that has been sustainably sourced. Your choices can help shift demand away from unsustainably harvested stocks and put pressure on suppliers to improve practices so that all fisheries are better managed.
How can you tell which products are sustainably sourced? Here are several ways to find out:
Eating meat-free just one day a week can reduce your impact on the planet. It’s easy to not think about the environment when you’re biting into a juicy hamburger, but consider these costs:
If everyone in the United States ate just one more vegetarian meal a week for one year, more than 36,000 trillion gallons of water would be saved. Other protein-rich foods like black beans, chickpeas and tempeh make tasty substitute burgers.
We’re all guilty of throwing away food at some point — in fact, roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year gets lost or wasted. And once that half-sandwich or week-old lasagna is in the trash can, it’s easy to forget about the environmental impacts.
But wasted food contributes billions of tons of greenhouse gases. By the time you step into a grocery store, nearly 3.3 billion tons of emissions are already on their way to the atmosphere due to the production, processing and transportation of food that is eventually wasted. Then, in the landfill, decomposing organic waste generates methane, a potent greenhouse gas that traps 23 times more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. More than 20% of all methane emissions come from landfills.
Wasted food also means wasted water — about 25% of all fresh water consumed annually in the United States is associated with discarded food. Water losses through food waste occur at home, but they also happen through inefficient food harvesting, transport, distribution, processing and storage methods. In the U.S. alone, we throw away or waste about 30% of our food — or about 11 trillion gallons of irrigation water. Scientists estimate that we could reduce global water consumption by more than one-third if we could eliminate food loss and waste. According to the
World Resources Institute, inside the roughly 1.3 billion tons of food lost or wasted every year worldwide is 45 trillion gallons of water.
The good news is that reducing food waste is very easy — it just takes a little extra planning. A number of organizations have produced lists of tips, including the UN Environment Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization, who paired up and started a global campaign,
Think Eat Save. A few simple suggestions:
Composting is nature’s way of recycling. Food scraps are full of energy to harvest and — even if you live in a yardless urban apartment — you can keep them out of the trash bin and out of landfills, where they would otherwise release methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
Even a fire escape or balcony can provide enough space for a small bin, pail or bucket to toss food scraps into. You can purchase these online or
make your own indoor bin.
Worm composting can also be done indoors. This method uses red worms to transform food scraps into vermicompost.
Or you can simply freeze your food scraps and
find a compost collection site. Many farmer’s markets and community gardens will also do the dirty work for you. A growing number of curbside composting programs are making urban composting easier, such as in
If you have the yard space, here’s a
helpful DIY composting guide. No garden to use the compost in? Consider using the compost in your houseplants, offering it to neighbors with gardens, or donating it to a school, community garden or farm.
Your responsible consumption will reduce the demand for endangered species. For instance, when traveling, avoid purchasing wild animal products including ivory, meat, skins and traditional medicines. Buy local handicrafts instead. Ask questions before you buy souvenirs to make sure your purchases are legally sourced. When in doubt, do not buy anything that contains wildlife parts.
Learn about CI’s partner, the
Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking, that is trying to reduce consumer demand for illegally-traded wildlife and goods by raising awareness of the impacts the trade has on natural resources and human well-being. Visit their website to find resources and follow the latest reports about the illegal wildlife trafficking trade.
With advances in transportation and information technology, even the most remote places on Earth are within reach. In fact, tourism is now the world's largest industry, with ecotourism the fastest growing segment in many parts of the world, including sub-Saharan Africa, Indonesia and the Greater Mekong region.
Of course, traveling and the things that go with it — flights, hotel rooms, cab rides and rental cars — can mean significant damage to the environment and the biodiversity it holds. So the next time you go on vacation or take a business trip, consider ways you can cut down on carbon emissions:
Share your expertise to help implement sustainable development projects around the world. Here are a few accredited international volunteering organizations that combine travel with conservation:
Or stay closer to home and help make your community greener. The
Arbor Day Foundation offers an easy-to-use database for locating tree planting and conservation-oriented volunteer opportunities. Every small and large step, from picking up trash to starting a community garden, will make a difference. And don’t just save your good deeds for Earth Day. The planet needs volunteers all year.