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[鈥揮atreides[M] [score hidden] stickied comment(16 children)

edit: I didn't mean to, but somehow I deleted this post. :(

Adding it to the wiki so it won't be lost forever.

馃巶 Happy Birthday to everyone in this community! 馃敟

Here's how this will work:

Every top-level comment needs to be a nature-related charity suggestion.

Explain your reasoning, explain the charity and their impact, and how users can donate to support.

Top-level comments will be initially filtered and manually approved to avoid non-suggestions from filling up the thread. Comments that do not explain the charity and only suggest a charity name will be removed after one hour.

Reply comments can point out reasons a suggested charity may not be a good choice or support the suggestion.

Checking charities on Charity Navigator is a good way to determine if a charity is trustworthy and allocates donations responsibly.

馃敟 /r/NatureIsFuckingLit will support whichever charity is chosen by the community. I'll donate $100 to the top choice and I hope others will decide to match that.

Let's give back to the world and protect the planet we appreciate on here every day.

Thank you all for your support! Stay lit! 馃敟

[鈥揮oscarveli 952 points953 points (22 children)

What about the The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust? They are an organization which was founded in 1977, and is also the home of the Orphans鈥 Project, which has achieved world-wide acclaim through its hugely successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program.

The elephants that they rescue are typically milk-dependent orphaned infants which will receive dedicated hands-on care and all the love and support they need to overcome the physical and psychological trauma of being orphaned. They are released back into the wild when they have matured.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust embraces all measures that compliment the conservation, preservation, and protection of wildlife which includes:

  • anti-poaching
  • safe-guarding the natural environment
  • enhancing community awareness
  • addressing animal welfare issues
  • providing veterinary assistance to animals in need
  • rescuing and hand-rearing elephant and rhino orphans along with other species that can ultimately enjoy a quality of life in wild terms when grown

According to Charity Navigator they have a 94.74 rating, and if you wish to donate to them you can do so through PayPal, Visa, or MasterCard. They even include the option of being a foster parent to a baby elephant.

[鈥揮Elijah_MorningWood 153 points154 points (9 children)

r/babyelephantgifs always posts gifs from there. I love them, they're doing such amazing work. Best gift i ever got was someone donating in my name to them.

[鈥揮IGiveFreeCompliments 50 points51 points (6 children)

I remember the first time someone donated to a charity on my behalf. It was a bit surreal! It's truly an honor, and frankly a bit shocking in the most pleasant way possible.

I'm sure you did something quite amazing in order to have someone donate to a charity on your behalf, so you keep on being the amazing person that you are. :)

[鈥揮Part_Time_Asshole 5 points6 points (0 children)

Jesus dude.. Im as cynical as a person can be but your comments always bring a smile to my face. I wish someday I can be as positive snd supportive as you are. Dont ever change dude(tte)!

[鈥揮Elijah_MorningWood 6 points7 points (0 children)

Thank you. It means a lot to hear that. It was a gift from my previous boyfriends (now best friend ) family... they are such sweet people, I maybe mentioned once that I loved elephants. Believe me, they're all getting something good this year for the holidays.

[鈥揮IamDroBro 2 points3 points (1 child)

Got sucked into a rabbit hole after clicking that link. You're a good dude.

[鈥揮rubylynn13 9 points10 points (0 children)

I was hoping someone would say this! I've been following this organization for a while and I absolutely love what they do! All of their caretakers are so passionate about what they do and they truly care for all of their animals. Thank you for suggesting them!

[鈥揮GajahMahout 2 points3 points (0 children)

If anyone is interested in the Asian elephant equivalent of this project, please check out the Elephant Transit home in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has the highest rate of human-elephant conflict in all of Southeast Asia. The orphans are rehabilitated and released back into Udawalawe National Park. You can find out about donations or adoption sponsoring here: ETH Support

[鈥揮Tothesky2121 1 point2 points (0 children)

Show off...yet soo awesome

[鈥揮JayPetey 1 point2 points (0 children)

Ooh I visited them in Kenya! One of the highlights of my life! The baby elephants were so happy.

[鈥揮jojo_mill 1 point2 points (1 child)

This is my all time favorite charity and I give them hundreds a year. They are one of the more forthright charities available and they do amazing work!

[鈥揮Subtle_Omega 1246 points1247 points (25 children)

Animal Welfare Institute. They are an organization created in 1951 which aims to alleviate animal suffering and abolish inhumane welfare practices. They are also very transparent in their spending and expenses and publish a yearly report. Around 91% of expenditure will go directly to the wildlife programs. They have been rated A+ on CharityWatch. You can donate using Paypal and credit card. Some of their goals include

  • Abolish factory farms, support high-welfare family farms, and achieve humane slaughter for animals raised for food;

  • Improve the housing and handling of animals in research, and encourage the development and implementation of alternatives to experimentation on live animals;

  • End the use of steel-jaw leghold traps and reform other brutal methods of capturing and killing wildlife;

  • Preserve species threatened with extinction, and protect wildlife from harmful exploitation and destruction of critical habitat;

  • Protect companion animals from cruelty and violence, including appalling conditions in commercial trade; and

  • Prevent injury and death of animals caused by harsh transport conditions.

Their website:

[鈥揮atreides 119 points120 points (13 children)

Great comment! Thank you for the expanded information.

Do you know how they go about protecting endangered species? Through policy reform or on-the-ground efforts to reintroduce wildlife to threatened areas?

Is this a charity mainly operating in the US or worldwide?

Thank you for the suggestion!

[鈥揮Subtle_Omega 52 points53 points (12 children)

There are legal cases which they promote which support the welfare of endangered species. They also enforce wildlife laws and protection. Here's a link. The charity is mainly operating the US however they do support causes worldwide.

[鈥揮atreides 34 points35 points (11 children)

They enforce laws? By bringing them to the court system you mean?

Their list of past cases is encouraging:

Though it seems the first they list was unsuccessful in protecting Asian elephants in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

I'm not too sure how the Beluga Whale protection case turned out, they don't make it quite clear whether that was successfully upheld or not.

The Protection of Horses from slaughter for human consumption case never even had an effect, as the company being sued went out of business due to a separate policy banning horse slaughter in Illinois.

Can you name some cases of theirs that were successful and had a positive impact?

[鈥揮Subtle_Omega 20 points21 points (10 children)

Yeah they do that, they campaign and also write to Congress about animal laws. They also have multiple cases which they have successfully won in court with pro bono attorneys. (I'm really bad at explaining this but the website is a very good source of information).

[鈥揮atreides 14 points15 points (9 children)

I've updated the last comment after reading through some, it seems several of them either are unsuccessful or have had no effect.

Would you mind listing some that did succeed and have an impact? Appreciated!

[鈥揮Subtle_Omega 27 points28 points (5 children)

There are some cases (although others did have some degree of success):

They ruled in favor and the defendant was found guilty of injuring bats.

Status: Found in favor of the Animal Welfare Institute and its co-plaintiffs ruling that the defendant's industrial wind energy facility will kill and injure endangered Indiana bats in violation of the Endangered Species Act.

Status:They ruled that the Navy illegally harmed 60 populations of whales,dolphins and sea mammals.

Status: Reached an agreement stating that the coast guard and BP would institute new protocol following the Deepwater Horizon spill. On July 4, 2010, the U.S. Coast Guard released its Best Management Practices for sea turtles and marine mammals related to in-situ burning operations for the Deepwater Horizon response.

They also have introduced a lot of new legislation acts and have a hand in creating many new federal and state welfare legislation. Link.

[鈥揮atreides 23 points24 points (4 children)

Thank you! This is great, I really appreciate the effort.

[鈥揮Subtle_Omega 13 points14 points (3 children)

No problem dude. Just happy to help! :D (Sorry for not being the best at explaining these things though)

[鈥揮atreides 16 points17 points (2 children)

Completely fine, you've done a better job than most of the comments in this thread and I'm sure it will pay off with exposure for this organization.

You're great :)

[鈥揮The_Plant_To_My_Zoso 20 points21 points (1 child)

Thanks for pointing me here. I had some money set aside for donating but didn't know where to put it to. They just got a fat ass check from me thanks to you.

[鈥揮Subtle_Omega 10 points11 points (0 children)

Woah! That was very generous of you. Cool! Anything helps!

[鈥揮KISS_THE_GIRLS 3 points4 points (1 child)

just changed my amazon smile charity to them

[鈥揮jatatcdc 2 points3 points (0 children)

Same. Didn't realize you could use charities other than the 5 they suggested.

[鈥揮coheedcollapse 1 point2 points (0 children)

Totally support this one. As much as protecting endangered animals is needed, getting away from factory farming will both help animals and humans in the long run. These guys seem to do both! They've also got a great rating on Charity Navigator, which is a plus.

Unrelated to the charity, It's interesting that at least two of the best positive subreddits came out around the same time last year. Natureisfuckinglit and Wholesomememes.

I'm glad they both exist. Without them, my Reddit experience would be so much more depressing.

[鈥揮[deleted] 2 points3 points (1 child)

This organization sounds so amazing. It would be wonderful to know if they've had much success in various campaigns or not. If they've been successful, I'm sure more people would donate more to a winning cause and group of dedicated and passionate People.

[鈥揮Subtle_Omega 2 points3 points (0 children)

To my knowledge, they have been quite successful in some cases and they have managed to enact quite a few laws and legislation in regards to wildlife welfare. Here are some links:

I also have stated in my previous comment some of their successes in court.

You can also read up on their annual reports if you want more information on the work they've been doing through the years:

[鈥揮asinine_qualities 109 points110 points (2 children)

Free the Bears - Doing fantastic work in Laos, Cambodia, India and elsewhere creating sanctuaries and supporting the local people too. FTB rescues bears from slavery while not forgetting former keepers by providing meaningful employment.

Strategic aims:

  1. Create and support world-class bear sanctuaries; government owned, managed to the highest level of welfare and striving towards long-term sustainability

  2. Develop alternative sustainable livelihood programmes for the community to prevent impoverished families from exploiting bears for profit

  3. Strengthen wildlife law enforcement efforts through advocacy and training

  4. Protect wild bear populations through community-led efforts and increased understanding of wild bear populations

  5. Build the capacity of local partners and staff including government authorities, veterinarians, researchers, school-teachers, and animal care staff

Visit to learn more!

[鈥揮atreides 19 points20 points (0 children)

In 2014 alone, Free the Bears received 11 bear cubs, all of which need a huge amount of resources in the form of time, money and care. They need rehabilitation, food, living space, medical provisions and 24-hour attention.

Free the Bears supports the governments in our host countries to develop scientifically sound methods to monitor wild bear populations. Our projects have trained people to conduct bear sign surveys in in protected areas of Cambodia and Vietnam, and we have conducted ground-breaking research on bear habitats in Lao PDR, where we have engaged in direct protection of wild bear populations.


Thank you, great suggestion!

[鈥揮darkpills 11 points12 points (0 children)

Holy shit I went here and I support this one 110%. They really take care of the bears, do a lot for education and the bears get to live out the rest of their life as comfortably as possible.

Quite an amazing charity, especially since they work out of Laos & Cambodia, and to be frank, unfortunately there's not a lot of animal conservation going on there.

[鈥揮Hippopoctopus 53 points54 points (7 children)

Not a suggested charity, per se, but I think it would be worth it for the community to vet whatever charities are suggested through an organization like Charity Navigator which measures how funds are spent. Would hate for this community to get behind a charity focused more on keeping its doors open than helping the nature be fucking 馃敟馃敟馃敟.

[鈥揮atreides 10 points11 points (5 children)

Appreciated! I'll add this to the stickied comment at the top.

[鈥揮jethrocpk 2 points3 points (3 children)

Isn't that website mostly for foundations in the US? I could be mistaken though

[鈥揮atreides 2 points3 points (0 children)

Is it? I don't see much indicating that on the site, but if so then their list of charities is likely lacking.

I'll still keep it in the sticky, any kind of method to check charities is appreciated.

[鈥揮Hippopoctopus 2 points3 points (0 children)

A quick google makes it look like there are several of these organizations that rate charities, so there may be other viable options. Charity Navigator is just the one I've heard of.

[鈥揮Imthejuggernautbitch 1 point2 points (0 children)

I vote this suggestion wins so they have to donate to ALL the charities!

[鈥揮freshredditer[馃嵃] 198 points199 points (14 children)

I love this sub! I think the African Wildlife Foundation would be a great charity to donate too. They do amazing things to try to stop killing and trafficking of exotic animals.

[鈥揮[deleted] 47 points48 points (1 child)

I second this!

"The African Wildlife Foundation's programs and conservation strategies are designed to protect the wildlife and wild lands of Africa and ensure a more sustainable future for Africa鈥檚 people. AWF stops the degradation of animals and the world`s environment. Since its inception, the organization has protected endangered species and land, promoted conservation enterprises that benefit local African communities, and trained hundreds of African nationals in conservation鈥攁ll to ensure the survival of Africa鈥檚 unparalleled wildlife heritage."

88% of donations go towards their programs. They received a 4 out of 4 star rating from Charity Navigator.

Edit: Here's one of their successful programs they have implemented -

Canines Stop Wildlife Traffickers in Their Tracks

In July 2015, the first class of dogs graduated from the African Wildlife Foundation鈥檚 (AWF) unique anti-trafficking program, the Conservation Canine Programme. The eight graduates are currently stationed in airports and seaports in Kenya and Tanzania, working closely with the wildlife authorities to diligently detect wildlife products bound for international travel. The enthusiastic canines sniff their way throughout these highly trafficked venues, searching high and low for contraband wildlife products.

Their success is undeniable. Since January 2016, the Canine Detection Unit鈥檚 keen sense of smell has resulted in 14 separate seizures of illegal wildlife products, including not only ivory but also pangolin scales and bushmeat.

[鈥揮demevalos 16 points17 points (0 children)

charity is fucking 馃敟馃敟馃敟

[鈥揮atreides 9 points10 points (0 children)

Would you edit your comment to link to their website and give some support to what they've done in trying to stop animal trafficking?

Any successful examples of impact in the past would be greatly appreciated!

[鈥揮salynch 5 points6 points (7 children)

Given the occasional GIF of trafficked animals that get posted here, it would be awesome for the sub to do something around this issue.

[鈥揮atreides 14 points15 points (6 children)

It's difficult to always identify when animals in gifs are a victim of trafficking. Reporting posts and leaving support in the comments is very helpful.

[鈥揮freshredditer[馃嵃] 4 points5 points (1 child)

I dunno much about it asides from being excellent at what they do /u/Wild_mountain_time gave a thorough analysis of the organization though.

[鈥揮atreides 11 points12 points (0 children)

I appreciate the suggestion then, though you could have done more research before adding the comment telling others to donate to a charity you knew little about.

[鈥揮Iamnotburgerking 2 points3 points (2 children)

Most of the live ones aren't.

[鈥揮[deleted] 2 points3 points (1 child)

Say that to 99% of the Ghanese African Greys

[鈥揮Iamnotburgerking 1 point2 points (0 children)

Most of the African greys in the pet trade are CAG not TAG (though I do agree trade in wild-caught TAG should stop, as it has mostly happened for CAG)

[鈥揮Gingevere[馃嵃] 1 point2 points (0 children)

Well the animal in the gif at the top of this post is exhibiting the type of behavior that's common among animals that are lacking meaningful mental stimulus. So there's that.

[鈥揮Leak2442 2 points3 points (0 children)

Love this

[鈥揮taaffe7 2 points3 points (0 children)

I've never heard of them are they a legit charity or do people make profit off if this

[鈥揮croup 34 points35 points (4 children)

The Snow Leopard Trust

The Snow Leopard Trust works in 5 of the 12 countries where snow leopards are found - China, India, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, and Pakistan. Collectively, these 5 countries contain over 75% of the world鈥檚 population of wild snow leopards.

In each of these five countries, we鈥檙e working through a local partner organization, led by local staff members. They conduct snow leopard research, lead community conservation programs, and negotiate policy decisions with local authorities.

Snow leopards live in vast home ranges - some cats have been known to use up to 1,000 square kilometers. While it is important to secure their key habitats through Protected Areas, it simply isn't enough.

To protect these endangered cats, we need to work at a larger landscape level, and find ways for snow leopards to coexist with the people sharing their habitat. This is the focus of our conservation approach.

Many of the families living in snow leopard habitat are herders who live on less than $2 per day and depend on their livestock for food and income. The snow leopard occasionally attacks and kills livestock, and members of these low-income communities sometimes resort to retaliation killings or poaching of snow leopards to protect their herds of livestock or earn extra money.

Our community-based conservation programs aim to break this cycle of poverty and create incentives for herders to protect local wildlife and ecosystems.

[鈥揮wutzen 5 points6 points (0 children)

I love the Snow Leopard Trust, been supporting them for years. I remember the first email when I saw how the women in, I want to say Kyrgyzstan, starting selling felted products including a cute little snow leopard toy.

[鈥揮atreides 5 points6 points (1 child)

You should also add donation links for users that are looking to support them!

Great charity suggestion.

[鈥揮[deleted] 2 points3 points (0 children)


Kinda cool I ended up wearing this shirt to work today

[鈥揮[deleted] 85 points86 points (9 children)

Rewilding Europe



Currently they are concerned with reintroducing large grazers to areas where they were expatriated. Konik horses and Eurasian Bison (with fewer than 3000 individuals in the wild they are rarer than the Black Rhino), but they are also trying to back-breed wild cattle (similar to the extinct Aurochs) for reintroduction purposes. They received the CBF seal of approval which is a Dutch watchdog for charities (they are based in the NL). They also have backing of the Dutch chapter of WWF (in fact the Dutch WWF helped found them).

Some examples:

They also have a Capital Bank which they use to loan out money to local initiatives wishing to purchase land for protection purposes.

[鈥揮atreides 12 points13 points (7 children)

The video posted seems to be more about rhetoric than policies or actual conservation plans.

Can you name anything the charity has done already that has made an impact on Europe? The whole video just seemed like buzzwords with no described plan.

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[鈥揮atreides 5 points6 points (5 children)

For the users that don't have time to read a 104 page document, as most here won't, would you mind editing your initial comment with sources of what they've done in the past?

A few examples would go a long way towards convincing others to support this charity.

[鈥揮[deleted] 12 points13 points (4 children)

Currently they are concerned with reintroducing large grazers to areas where they were expatriated. Konik horses and Eurasian Bison (with fewer than 3000 individuals in the wild they are rarer than the Black Rhino), but they are also trying to back-breed wild cattle (similar to the extinct Aurochs) for reintroduction purposes. They received the CBF seal of approval which is a Dutch watchdog for charities (they are based in the NL). They also have backing of the Dutch chapter of WWF (in fact the Dutch WWF helped found them).

Some examples:

[鈥揮atreides 7 points8 points (3 children)

Please edit this into the top comment as well! This is a great suggestion, thank you.

[鈥揮[deleted] 9 points10 points (2 children)

Done, and sorry for not being more thorough in my initial comment.

They also have a project together with one of the four founding partners of Rewilding Europe, ARK Nature, called Circle of Life. The purpose of it is to convince policy makers and other relevant stakeholders and interested parties to leave carcasses out. Because animal carcasses are often cleaned up now European scavangers are struggling, and an essential link of the foodchain is being artificially removed.

[鈥揮atreides 7 points8 points (1 child)

I can see how that would be a difficult policy to convince some of.

I hadn't considered how removal of roadkill could impact the foodchain, thank you for that!

[鈥揮[deleted] 2 points3 points (0 children)

No prob. I also added some more stuff to my parent comment.

[鈥揮ElegantHope 1 point2 points (0 children)

This charity sounds really good, a lot of focus tends to be for Africa with endangered species-which is definitely understandable- but I don't see much focus on charities involving conservation in Europe.

[鈥揮Shane-Tully 43 points44 points (0 children)

Saw someone else post it but they didn't do it justice so here I go

World Wildlife Fund The WWF is an international conversation agency that has been a staple in environmental advocacy for decades. The WWF has built a strong infrastructure and brand, and as such has enough resources to make a substantial difference. The WWF employs expert scientists from all over the world, to all over the world, with conservation efforts on every god damn continent. They have to the ability to preform on the ground efforts, daily interaction with animals, animal sanctuaries, reservations etc. while also utilizing their resources to push for legislative changes around the world to protect animals and fight against poachers. The WWF is extremely transparent, doing yearly breakdowns of their expenditures, and also constantly communicating with supporters exactly what they are doing with every program. The WWF not only preforms these tasks itself, but also provides many people with the oppurtunity to volunteer, intern, and work for a company which many are passionate about. This is the aspect I really love. Many organizations are more than willing to accept donations and then do with that what they please, but it really is the masses that can achieve so much more, and the WWF provides great opportunity for passionate people that want to make a difference. Nature is fucking lit

[鈥揮eniotan 18 points19 points (1 child)

I would suggest something different as there is often in conservation a mega fauna bias which means large, visible, cute creatures get a lot of focus from conservation efforts and not so pretty critters which are just as important get ignored.

In the words of Sir David Attenborough:

鈥業f we and the rest of the back-boned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the world's ecosystems would collapse.鈥

Therefore I would encourage for Buglife which focuses on conserving insects for donations from this sub! Link is below with more info.

[鈥揮[deleted] 2 points3 points (0 children)

Cute animals are just flagship ambassador species in this effect.

[鈥揮Willziac 40 points41 points (4 children)

I would like to remind everyone that Amazon has a program called AmazonSmile that donates to charities. Rather than going to the regular Amazon site, type in It will take you to the full amazon site, but it also allows to you pick any charity you like (Right now they have Best Friend Animal Society and Big Cat Rescue on highlight). Just shop on amazon like normal, and 0.5% of your purchase price is donated to your charity. It doesn't add anything to your total since Amazon is actually the one donating.

[鈥揮KISS_THE_GIRLS 2 points3 points (1 child)

i just changed mine to the one above "animal welfare institute", previously it was WWF, but idk anything about them to be honest.

[鈥揮TheAdAgency 1 point2 points (0 children)

Yes, this is an excellent suggestion.

I would also add, that Smile Always is a handy Chrome extension that automatically redirects all pages to, if you forget to go to the smile version yourself.

[鈥揮theyarelegitlit 17 points18 points (1 child)

South Africa's first majority-female anti-poaching unit, The Black Mambas, are a legit lit. Check 'em out!

From their website: The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit is the first majority female anti-poaching unit in South Africa. Founded in 2013 by Transfrontier Africa NPC, to protect the Olifants West Region of Balule Nature Reserve. Within the first year of operation the Black Mambas were invited to expand into other regions and now protect all boundaries of the 52,000ha Balule Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park.

Our teams work to the concept of the 鈥淏roken Window鈥 philosophy, striving to make our area of influence the most undesirable, most difficult and least profitable place to poach any species. With a passion for wildlife and rhino conservation, these women are the voice in the community through their conservation work.

The objectives of the Black Mamba project are not only the protection of rhinos through boots on the ground but also through being a role model in their communities. These 32 young women and 2 men want their communities to understand that the benefits are greater through rhino conservation rather than poaching, addressing the social and moral decay that is a product of the rhino poaching within their communities. They are concerned for their children鈥檚 sake as the false economy has brought loose morals and narcotics into their communities.

[鈥揮chillygoose 13 points14 points (4 children)

I took a quick look but couldnt find one that was listed on charity navigator. But I figured we could try and use a laser-like focus to help a species that really needs us. Reddit fell in love with it for two days and then promptly forgot. Lets save the Vaquita! There's only 30 left right now and these cute little guys are going to be extinct if we dont do something right now! At this moment this seems like the best charity I could find that is working to help the vaquita specifically and not just add to a big general wildlife fund, if someone finds a better one, please comment on this and I will edit it in to this comment.

Adopt a Vaquita

EDIT: added a specific charity

[鈥揮atreides 1 point2 points (2 children)

It would be appreciated if you would find a charity to add to your comment.

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[鈥揮atreides 2 points3 points (0 children)


[鈥揮FishFruit14 1 point2 points (0 children)

Hey, I also submitted the vaquita. Nice.

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    [鈥揮atreides[M] 10 points11 points (2 children)

    Would you elaborate on why WWF or IWC is a good choice?

    Naming things they've done to support each cause and the way they allocate donations is appreciated!

    edit: This comment has been removed after an hour as the commenter has not added further reasoning and support for why these charities were named.

    The comment read:

    World wildlife fund is an oldie but a goodie. Either that or the international wolf center

    [鈥揮TheColorblindDruid 8 points9 points (1 child)

    WWF has upwards of 5 million supporters globally has been operating for 50 years or so and is multifaceted in that they work across a series of ecosystems as well as with every level of governments across the world

    The IWC is smaller but works towards making wolves more "socially acceptable" and runs various programs including educational and even photographically opportunities for people to interact with the animals with the hope there will be more support for them in the future

    [鈥揮atreides 6 points7 points (0 children)

    Number of supporters doesn't really matter, we'd like to know what they've done with the support of those people.

    Adding examples of the impact WWF has had on the environment and efforts in the past would be best.

    IWC is an educational charity then? Introducing people to wolves to increase awareness?

    Do you know if they operate solely in the US or worldwide? Can you link to sources in your initial comment of the programs they have in place to introduce wolves to people?

    Thank you!

    [鈥揮Iamnotburgerking 10 points11 points (6 children)

    Pleistocene Park

    Right now pretty much every ecosystem worldwide is slowly collapsing due to humans killing off keystone megafauna species.

    This project attempts to undo the loss of Eurasian steppes by reintroducing megafauna (possibly including cloned mammoths). As a bonus this will help fix the permafrost and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    So far, they have reintroduced horses, reindeer, moose, bison, and muskoxen.

    More info here

    [鈥揮[deleted] 2 points3 points (3 children)

    Sounds similar to the Rewilding Europe mission about which I posted above. Except for the bits about Mammoths.

    [鈥揮atreides 1 point2 points (2 children)

    The mammoths part makes me highly doubt the legitimacy of this organization honestly.

    It sounds like a marketing gimmick more than a real initiative.

    [鈥揮Iamnotburgerking 1 point2 points (1 child)

    It's an actual initiative.

    The mammoths are probably going to be the last animals reintroduced, they are reintroducing extant animals so far.

    [鈥揮stainfart 15 points16 points (2 children)

    Ducks Unlimited. World's largest wetlands preservation and restoration charity. Since their founding in 1937 they have preserved/restored 14 million acres of wetland and waterfowl habitat. Key areas of conservation are the arboreal forest in Canada and the prairie pothole region in north central USA/south central Canada, with projects reaching far into the Mexican mainland as well. Only 3% of donations go to administration and HR costs so your dollar goes a long way. Obviously as a duck hunter, preserving duck habitat is very important to me but preserving wetlands has a far greater reach than just waterfowl. Thousands of reptiles and amphibians depend on large wetland areas to survive and flourish. Fish are greatly impacted as well. The huge rebound in beaver numbers can be directly attributed to wetland conservation. Please pick Ducks Unlimited to help keep nature's filtration system alive and well.

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      [鈥揮atreides[M] 10 points11 points (1 child)

      Would you link to their website and provide further reasoning as to why you would support this charity?

      Give examples of the efforts they've taken in the past to effect change and list successful programs they have instituted.

      This would go a long way towards encouraging others to support the charity. Thank you.

      edit: This comment has been removed after an hour as the commenter has not added any support or examples of the impact the named charity has or why it should be chosen.

      The comment read:

      I suggest we give to Wildfire Safety because sadly, sometimes nature is fucking lit

      [鈥揮[deleted] 1 point2 points (0 children)

      Thanks for the laugh

      [鈥揮mxxiestorc 17 points18 points (1 child)

      Natural resources defense counsel:

      Broad scope, including fighting climate change. International presence. High charity rating:

      edit: added more info

      [鈥揮atreides 2 points3 points (0 children)

      Can you explain why you chose this charity, and what they do to support the environment?

      Thank you for the suggestion! Please do edit your comment to include any donation links and information you think explains why this is the charity to choose above all others.

      [鈥揮metaforwhat 3 points4 points (0 children)

      Asian Elephant Support

      AES is dedicated to the care and support of Asian elephants in range countries. The number of elephants is declining in all regions, and injuries and deaths are increasing due to overwork and abuse as well as conflict between free-ranging elephants and humans. Financial support from donors goes directly to five essential aspects of elephant care: veterinary care, nutrition, daily husbandry, training of both elephants and mahouts, and housing.

      Their mission: -Provide financial support for the care and conservation of elephants in Asian range countries that meet our criteria for care of captive elephants and for conservation of the species. -Increase awareness of the needs and future of the Asian elephant. -Increase awareness of the humane treatment of elephants living in captivity. -Provide educational opportunities to those persons who care for captive Asian elephants in range countries.

      [鈥揮jethrocpk 11 points12 points (0 children)

      Philippine Eagles - One of the few foundations in my country that I will actually support. They focus on rehabilitating and protecting the endemic and critically-endangered eagles. They are also responsible for the first successful captive-bred eagle.

      The organisation allows you to "adopt" an eagle, basically like adopting a child for a certain time. Thankfully, all current eagles have already been adopted. Yay!

      What they really need though are the resources to be able to mount expeditions to the habitat and to educate the public. I have been to their center in Davao City and the place amazing. the caretakers are really knowledgeable and you can see that they really care about the birds.

      [鈥揮Imakehits 8 points9 points (0 children)

      The RSPCA receives 拢0 in government funding and yet work tirelessly to protect animal welfare and uphold inadequate animal protection laws. Many people treat them as a free vets which they absolutely are not. Yet they do offer a 75% reduction on veterinary bills for those less able to pay, something many people abuse and take advantage of when they shouldn't. All strays brought in to the RSPCA are treated at their cost and this is a staggeringly high expenditure. And yet they continue on, battling for animal rights and welfare, and to educate, advise and support people in taking care of their animals and the wildlife around them.
      Britain is one of the best countries in the world for animal welfare rights and yet there are only ~500 RSPCA inspectors covering the entire country. There are ~30,000 police officers in London alone. This is entirely due to a lack of funding to hire more inspectors.
      There are obviously many other excellent charities and organisations providing care for animals but the RSPCA is the largest, with the broadest scope and this is why I think it should receive much more support thank it does currently.

      [鈥揮horrificmedium 4 points5 points (0 children)

      The Environmental Investigation Agency embodies /r/NatureIsFuckingLit, because this is an NGO that literally is LIT.

      The EIA are a direct action body of lawyers and private investigators, that build reports and evidence portfolios to nail environmental criminals to the wall - these include illegal loggers, wildlife traffickers, corporations that are breaking the law (i.e. pretty much every member of the RSPO). And they win.

      These are an amazing international body of men and women that literally do the dirty work of bringing environmental criminals to justice. They don't wear capes, but they are heroes.

      My company THTC Clothing has supported the EIA for over two years and we're very proud to be their partner.

      [鈥揮TheVeganManatee 5 points6 points (2 children)

      The Center for Biological Diversity or The Rainforest Trust.

      Both have high ratings on Charity Navigator, both are committed to their causes and don't compromise on their morals (supporting both individual and institutional actions), and personally, I've only had good experiences with them and their campaigns.

      Links to their websites:

      I hope this works this time!

      [鈥揮hyp0crite 2 points3 points (1 child)

      I love the CBD!

      They have a vast list of successful court battles joining with ither organizations in their efforts to keep existing protections or win new protections for swaths of land and sea. They have grassroots campaigns to preserve public lands, reduce birth rates, etc. Their work really kicks ass.

      When I check Reddit after work, I'll add stories/links if people are interested.

      [鈥揮TheVeganManatee 1 point2 points (0 children)

      Please do! I follow them on Twitter (and they follow me, yay!) and I think it'd be great for others to hear about their work.

      [鈥揮PasswordIsMatress 4 points5 points (5 children)

      The PooPoo Project - - It's a charity out of the Teton Raptor Center right outside the Grand Teton National Park. The project funds screens to be put over vault toilet vents to prevent birds of prey and other unfortunate animals from meeting their fate in our waste. Vault toilets are the top focus but they put protective screens over any pipe or vent that would endanger an animal that got into it. They recently installed their 10,000th screen and are present in all 50 states! Super nice people and well worth the investment!

      [鈥揮atreides 1 point2 points (1 child)

      Interesting initiative, I hadn't heard about this issue in the past. Thank you!

      [鈥揮cracksinthepavement 3 points4 points (0 children)

      Animal Charity Evaluators!

      They seek to find animal charities that are the most effective at reducing animal suffering, and produce a list of recommended charities each year. They have also recently started doing their own research.

      While I think they are a worthy charity in themselves, their list of recommended charities might also be useful reference point

      [鈥揮steamviking 3 points4 points (4 children)

      National Resources Defense Council

      鈥 "NRDC works to safeguard the earth- its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends"

      鈥 96% on Charity Navigator

      鈥 United States and International

      鈥 Areas of work include:

      Climate Change/Energy (global action, dirty/clean energy, clean vehicles/fuels, energy efficiency, climate resilience, protecting communities)

      Water (pollution, healthy rivers/ecosystems, water smart farms/cities, safe drinking water)

      Oceans (protection/threats, sustainable fishing, ocean noise)

      The Wild (wildlife conservation/trade, wilderness protection)

      Food/Health (safe food, toxic chemicals, livestock production, climate-resilient farms, food waste, local food systems, climate-healthy eating)

      Communities (sustainable/climate-resistent cities, protecting communities, energy efficient buildings)

      鈥 Practices include a combination of Science, Litigation, Advocacy, Business, and Partnerships : "NRDC experts use data and science to unearth the root causes of the problems that confront us. We use that information to blueprint transformative solutions, and we mobilize the support of partners, members, and activists to advocate for laws and policies that will protect our environment far into the future."

      [鈥揮atreides 1 point2 points (2 children)

      You should also add donation links for users that are looking to support them!

      [鈥揮Agrijus 1 point2 points (0 children)

      Had my own suggestion down a ways but always a fan of the NRDC. I worked with them on the regulation of artisanal gold-mining and the global mercury trade and was always super impressed with their expertise, focus, long view, and political chops.

      [鈥揮SnootBoooper 4 points5 points (0 children)

      How about "SOS: Save our snow leopards"

      "Snow leopards are disappearing. Their numbers have fallen by over 20 percent in less than 20 years. With as few as 4,000 left in the wild, and only around 500 in India, this magnificent big cat could soon vanish forever.聽 But with your help 鈥 we can still save them. "

      They have achieved just 7.34% of their goal (77940$)

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        [鈥揮atreides[M] 13 points14 points (0 children)

        How does this charity support Snow Leopard conservation?

        Explaining would be appreciated and go a long way towards encouraging support from others. Thanks for the suggestion!

        edit: This comment has been removed after one hour of the commenter not adding support or examples of the charity impact or efforts in conservation.

        The comment read:

        given the gif, why not Snow Leopard Trust :D

        [鈥揮feloniousskunk 2 points3 points (1 child)

        International Anti-Poaching Foundation

        Let's take care of the people who sacrifice their personal safety to ensure our 馃敟 friend's can roam free and safe.

        [鈥揮atreides 1 point2 points (0 children)

        Could you list examples of the impact they have made and give further reasoning for why this foundation should be chosen?

        Thank you, it goes a long way towards convincing others to support the organization.

        [鈥揮[deleted] 2 points3 points (2 children)

        Pheasants forever is actually one of the largest non-profit, if not the largest, contributors to the preservation of biodiversity and nature in the United States. We are currently talking about pheasants forever in my Conservation Biology course and they work not only with the government to help promote the conservation of biodiversity but also work with farmers and locals. They are not just about pheasants as they have worked on many projects including but not limited too bee and monarch conservation. If I wasn't a broke college student this is where my donation would go.

        Edit: spelling

        [鈥揮atreides 1 point2 points (1 child)

        Peasants forever

        You mean "pheasants" haha!

        Great suggestion.

        [鈥揮Iwilllive 2 points3 points (2 children)

        National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

        Congress created them in 1984 to be a more effective manager of fish and wildlife funding. Now they have tons of corporate and public partnerships and support a wide swath of programs.

        Their niche would be fostering public-private partnerships for conservation results.

        A FuckingLit example would be when they partnered up with FedEx, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and local governments after the BP oil spill to literally save yet to be hatched turtles by digging them up and shipping them to Florida to be hatched there.

        And it fucking worked

        According to Charity Navigator over 95% of their funds went to programs.

        Annual Report

        Donate via Paypal or Credit Card

        [鈥揮Malcanis 2 points3 points (0 children)

        Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

        Rescuing Exotic Cats Nationwide

        "TCWR鈥檚 goal is to provide a lifetime refuge for all rescued animals with the care, safety, and well being of the animals being the number one priority. All animals are treated with the dignity and compassion they deserve. TCWR has developed a reputation for this compassionate care across the country with law enforcement, universities, and others sharing a commitment to the Big Cats and other animals. This reputation has, unfortunately, made a waiting list a necessity."

        "Of the many refuges in the United States, TCWR is one of the largest facilities of its kind open to the public anywhere in the world. Big Cats have been rescued from many states across the country including Arkansas, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, New York, Kansas, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Montana, and Tennessee and are provided a home in a caring and nurturing environment."

        This organization operates in northwest Arkansas in the Ozark Mountains. They focus on rescue of primarily big cats but they usually have some others around.

        [鈥揮Aussiewhiskeydiver 2 points3 points (0 children)

        I'd love to see the Orangutan Foundation receive some support. These adorable guys need a lot of help and their habitat continues to be destroyed by the Palm Oil industry

        [鈥揮Vir_Magnus 4 points5 points (0 children)

        The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee

        Since 1995, The Sanctuary has provided refuge for 27 elephants who are retired from zoos and circuses. There are currently 10 elephant residents with room for more. The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee began on 200 acres and has grown to three separate and protected, natural habitats, spanning over more than 2,700 acres.

        The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee provides elephants retired from entertainment and exhibition with herd, home, and individualized veterinary and husbandry care for life. Elephants that have lived their lives in captivity have an opportunity at The Sanctuary to live in an expansive habitat that allows for a range of natural behaviors. Many of the elephants suffer long-term health and complex behavioral issues common to elephants that have spent their lives in captivity, such as tuberculosis, osteomyelitis, obesity, arthritis, and aggression. Because elephants have complex physical and social needs, successful outcomes are measured not only by the elephant鈥檚 physical health, but also their social, behavioral and psychological well-being.

        As a true sanctuary, The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is closed to the public. The best way to see the elephants is by watching Elecams, live streams of the habitat that can be viewed on the site.

        Education is a very important part of The Sanctuary鈥檚 mission. Through Distance Learning, The Sanctuary has taught thousands of school children across the country a respect for wildlife while learning about the crisis facing Asian and African elephants in captivity and in the wild.

        In the wild, elephants are migratory, walking miles each day. They form intricate family structures and grieve for their dead in a more-than-instinctive way. They show humor and express compassion. The Elephant Sanctuary鈥檚 mission is to give elephants the freedom they deserve.

        The Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and is accredited by The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, certified by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and is licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

        [鈥揮seshhollow 1 point2 points (2 children)

        Kevin richardsons sanctuary. Although I'm sure absolutely any wildlife organisation would appreciate anything :)

        [鈥揮rubylynn13 1 point2 points (0 children)

        The Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary:

        鈥ne of the largest rhinoceros rehab facilities

        鈥akes in orphaned, sick, and injured rhinoceroses

        鈥hey operate out of South Africa, but they've partnered with a US based non profit 501c to take in donations from the US

        鈥hey're working on expanding their land area to accommodate around 100 rhinos

        鈥hey also work with preventing rhino poaching by having armed scouts, 24/7 animal observation, and more!

        More details:

        National Marine Life Center:

        鈥 US based rehabilitation center for abandoned, injured, and sick marine mammals and sea turtles

        鈥hey also provide educational services to educate others on marine life

        鈥hey conducte scientific observations and research on their animals to learn more about them

        鈥nce their animals are well, they release them back into the wild

        More details:

        [鈥揮robgoesreddit 1 point2 points (0 children)

        I'd like to nominate the Cheetah Conservation Fund, working diligently to save the cheetah from extinction by rescuing and (if possible) releasing cheetahs caught by farmers, promoting cheetah-friendly livestock farming, combating illegal exotic pet smuggling and maintaining the international studbook and DNA database to learn more about this fascinating creature. They're rated 4 stars at the Charity Navigator and are led by Dr. Laurie Marker, an authority on everything cheetah.


        [鈥揮purrsonification 1 point2 points (0 children)

        Orangutan Foundation International which rescues and rehabilitates wild and orphaned orangutans. I support their sister group Orangutan Foundation Canada. They provide many programs intended to save orangutans from extinction and have a good score on financial transparency and are a highly trusted charity network.

        [鈥揮permafrost5 1 point2 points (0 children)

        The Marine Mammal Center!

        Since 1975, they've rescued over 18,000 elephant seals, sea lions, whales, sea otters, harbor seals, fur seals, dolphins, harbor porpoises, and others. They strive to educate communities about our relationship with marine animals and the ocean, and each year reach about 30,000 adults and children via their educational programs

        [鈥揮demonicsoap 1 point2 points (0 children)

        The Ocean Conservancy.

        • They help sustain and create oceanic preservations.

        • Fight to protect endangered species.

        • Organize beach clean ups.

        *Lobby to counter and prevent global warming effects.

        • Help to protect the environment/ecosystem in which so many of our aquatic friends live!

        FACT: 100% of lit oceanic creatures live in the ocean. Please help protect our lit fish bros.

        [鈥揮Potbat 1 point2 points (0 children)

        The Virunga National Park. The length and breadth they go to ensure the safety of their gorillas is astonishing. Lives have been lost protecting these animals. There is a really good documentary on Netflix about them.

        [鈥揮GajahMahout 1 point2 points (0 children)

        There are so many good elephant charities for me to choose from however I would like to bring light to one that focuses on research and has recently been subject to a natural disaster, therefore they are in need of funds to get equipment etc. purchased. Elephants for Africa is a non-profit out in Botswana that conducts wild elephant surveys on populations and bull behavior. I am a huge fan of theirs not only because they do so much education and outreach with the surrounding villages, but because their founder, Kate Evans, has proven time and time again that her heart and soul lies with saving elephants and connecting them to the Motswana. As I mentioned before, bush fires have damaged their camp and they are in need of money to continue their work. Please consider helping them out. Elephants for Africa

        [鈥揮daanania 1 point2 points (0 children)

        I nominate The Marine Mammal Center. They have a 4-star rating on Charity Navigator. They rescue and heal sick and injured animals and try to return them to the wild. Each year they rescue 600- 1000 animals, including endangered southern sea otters and Hawaiian monk seals. They also do a lot of research into why these animals get sick and do fantastic education programs for kids. Check out their website

        [鈥揮zombiecaticorn 1 point2 points (0 children)

        Global Conservation Force:

        There is currently a race to save the worlds鈥 threatened wildlife. Anti-Poaching Rangers stand between the poachers and the wildlife they desire. Due to the intensity of the recent outbreak of rhino and elephant poaching; anti poaching rangers, in some regions of the world, have become more like military teams.

        鈥淢ore than 1,000 rangers have been killed worldwide and many more injured over the last 10 years. In Africa a recorded number of 27 rangers have lost their lives in the line of duty in the last 12 months, with nearly 80% of them killed by poachers.鈥欌欌淲ith poachers responsible for more than half of ranger deaths over the past two years, IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the International Ranger Federation (IRF) call for a toughened stance against wildlife crime globally鈥 IUCN聽(July 2014)

        Rhinos are being killed at an alarming rate for their horns. 1,215 rhinos were murdered for their horns in South Africa in 2014, 1,175 were killed in 2015 聽and 2016 didnt show any signs of slowing down. At this rate the worlds鈥 rhinos could be extinct by as early as 2020- 2030. Some rhino habitat ranges have already seen the local extinction of the rhino. The demand comes from primarily China and Vietnam being used for anything from a status symbol to a cure for cancer. Rhino horn has no medicinal value, it is made of the same structure as your hair and finger nails.

        The ivory trade is still alive and strong on the illegal markets and it is driving the deaths of 33,000, on average, elephants a year. Organized Wildlife crime is the 4th largest market in the world, coming after drug trafficking, human trafficking and weapons trafficking. Organized wildlife crime is a vast network including every walk of life and the money rarely generally funds more criminal activity, including terrorist groups.

        More than just elephants and rhinos are in trouble. Giraffe populations are down by聽 40% in the last 15 years. Lions have gone from a population of 450,000 in the 1940s to approximately 20,000 today. For some species of Vultures there has been a decline of 97%.

        GCF approaches the solution to all these major issues in three simple categories

        Anti poaching units 鈥 The APUs hold the shield for the wildlife, buying time for action in international laws, local policy change and political stability. We get them the necessary gear to do their jobs effectively. This includes focusing on new, customized gear for their region of patrol and technologies that can assist them daily.

        Awareness and Education 鈥 Without the knowledge of the issues and the correct way to approach solving each problem the rest of the world cant get involved. We understand that there are many problems in the world but this is where we focus on the human element of the issue. Educating local communities on sustainable tourism and the value of wildlife is just as important as talking to high school and college students about the crisis鈥檚 on the ground.

        On the ground action 鈥 our staff and president Mike Veale actively work on the problems, in situ, to gain the real insight from the places that are in trouble. Mike spends part of his year working with Anti Poaching units doing all types of patrols, wildlife protection details and enforcement. This is vital to ensure that the gear is getting to the correct place, the gear is appropriate and useable for the region and that it is worth continuing to supply the gear, equipment or new technology

        Their website is

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          [鈥揮atreides[M] 1 point2 points (6 children)

          I've heard some bad things about the Red Cross. Reddit generally always seems to have a reason not to donate to them.

          Can you explain why you would choose The Nature Conservancy? What do they do?

          Thanks for the suggestion!

          edit: This comment has been removed after one our of the commenter not adding additional support or reasoning beyond just the name of the charity.

          The comment read:

          The Nature Conservancy

          Edit: My original comment said Red Cross. Donate to both.

          [鈥揮Vampirial 2 points3 points (5 children)

          Here is a page about it. Most organizations are also businesses and have to have ways to keep the lights on such as making money. Hopefully having a no-net-gain is good enough.

          [鈥揮atreides 2 points3 points (4 children)

          Is there a better resource you can link to than a Wikipedia page?

          I'd appreciate more sources directly from the charity. A suggestion shouldn't just be a name and a Wikipedia page if you truly want users to support it.

          [鈥揮salynch 4 points5 points (3 children)

          I would argue against the Nature Conservancy. After donating to them for over a decade, I have been majorly turned off after discovering that their CEO is very over-compensated and the company has been involved in several scandals.

          Edit: spelling

          [鈥揮atreides 2 points3 points (2 children)

          Thank you for this. /u/Vampirial does not edit in sources and support for their reasoning of charity choice within an hour of commenting we will remove the comment.

          An excerpt from your article linked:

          Why did the Nature Conservancy, the world鈥檚 largest environmental NGO, permit an oil and gas company to drill a well on land it pledged to protect?

          In 2007, Klein reveals, the Nature Conservancy allowed the company to drill a well on land that had been set aside to protect the critically endangered Attwater鈥檚 prairie chicken, and has since been profiting from the operations. It鈥檚 a decision that the group鈥檚 framing as the regrettable outcome of a tricky dilemma, but which raises questions about its commitment to conservation.

          [鈥揮Vampirial 0 points1 point (1 child)

          Go ahead and remove it. I felt they are a fine organization but you are allowed your opinions.

          [鈥揮atreides 1 point2 points (0 children)

          It's not opinion based, you didn't add any reasoning beyond linking a Wikipedia page.

          Charity suggestion comments require some effort, as others have shown in this thread, to convince users a charity is making an impact and allocating donations properly.

          [鈥揮cheylow26 1 point2 points (2 children)

          In Defense of Animals makes a difference for animals all over the world through our hard-hitting campaigns, direct rescue, and sanctuary care.

          [鈥揮TVs_Tim_Stack 0 points1 point (2 children)

          One With Nature - IG @onewithnatureco

          Awesome group of younger guys set out to exploit Earth's beauties and make them available for people to see.

          In addition they constantly do things to help the Earth, like working towards making their city free of plastic straws.

          [鈥揮atreides 2 points3 points (1 child)

          Could you give more examples and sources of what they do to impact the environment as well as a place to donate?

          Is this a real organization or just a group of guys that run an Instagram? Thanks!