Does it make you sick to see the oceans becoming sicker and the creatures of the deep more abused and pushed closer to extinction? Want to help right the wrongs you constantly read about? It seems impossible not to pick up a newspaper or magazine without coming across at least one or two environmental groups working hard to fix some problem.
Some are like an uncle we love but rarely see. We know them. We know they do good, but somehow we just never get in touch with them. Some groups are like the new neighbor down the street who we never get around to meet.
We’ll here’s your chance to not only get in touch with that uncle who does a lot of good, or meet that new neighbor but partner with them in a real and lasting way.
Opportunities abound to join environmental groups on the forefront of making a difference. Because the list is so vast, I’m going to concentrate just on maritime organizations. Blame it on the pirate in me! Aarrrghh!
Before introducing you to them, I want to explain these groups fall primarily into two types. Those that have members who are activists along with those who support them through money or time or by raising awareness of important issues.
The other type of group is made chiefly of activists who literally put their butts on the line. Close to the action, they often place themselves in harm’s way. Those who support them can be thought of as followers or supporters and do so with money.
Of course, some groups are hybrids of the two, but whatever group you are attracted to, I encourage you to learn as much as you can about them before committing time or money to them. All contribute to the ocean and its children in some way. A smaller group doesn’t imply the value of its work is any less noble.
The groups are not listed in any particular order and no one should infer one is more important than another. Failure of a group to appear on this list does not suggest it was somehow lacking in some way. If interest warrants, I will run a follow up piece with additional groups you may wish to join. Groups that would like their names listed can submit them to me at www.UncommonMariner.com or https://billhegerichsr.wordpress.com or on twitter @UncommonMariner.
I encourage you to take your time and check out the ones you’re attracted to. Then join one or two. Maybe even more. It may seem like an insurmountable task these groups face, but remember every small act done on behalf of helping Mother Ocean and her children brings us that much closer to a happy and healthier blue world. Good luck, and let me know what you decide to do. I’d be happy to hear from you. A fair wind and following seas!
… The Ocean Foundation, 25,000 followers on facebook.
… Greenpeace, 2.9 million members
… The Blue Frontier Campaign, David Helvarg, president, nearly 4,000 followers
… Cousteau Society, 300,000 members
… Marine Conservation Institute, 41,000 followers.
… Ocean Conservancy, 900,000 members
… Project Aware: Sharks in Peril, Marine Debris, over 27,500 followers
… Sailors for the Sea, 15,000 followers
… Oceana, 208,000 followers
… Dolphin Project, 52,000 followers
… Surfrider Foundation, 114,000 followers
…Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, 214,000 followers
… Real Coastal Warriors, over 1,000 followers
Author’s Note: Not sure about a particular charity you want to donate to? Just go to http://www.charitynavigator.org/ and type in the name of the organization.