Advances in photography, film and social media have made the wild, natural word accessible to everyone. At just the click of a button, you can scroll through thousands of incredible photographs, cutting edge documentaries and films from the furthest reaches of the globe.
If seeing a myriad of beautiful, powerful animals close to extinction has inspired you to make some changes, here are some handy tips on helping out with conservation efforts and educating yourself on the future of the planet.
If you’re interested in learning more about the natural world, there are tons of amazing documentaries on a wide variety of topics (and all listed below can be found on Netflix).
If you’re interested in deep-sea creatures, the plight of coral reefs and ocean conservation efforts, Chasing Coral, Mission Blue and Blue Planet are great places to begin.
There are plenty of documentaries about specific conservation issues and problems, such as The Ivory Game and The Cove. Some docs focus solely on the fascinating tales of individual animals and people, including Virunga, Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale and Saving Sirga.
Another interesting conservation topic is food’s impact on the environment and the animal agriculture industry. Rotten, Cowspiracy and Forks Over Knives all take an interesting look at this area, and have led to controversial conversations on the topic.
If you’re more old school and fancy flicking through the pages of a book, there are plenty of options. Literature can be used as a powerful tool to provide a wealth of information and drive home messages about all manner of topics.
Grab a book about conservation in Africa, climate change, space exploration, meteorology, or whatever aspect of the natural world piques your interest.
Volunteering, sponsoring or adopting
There are also plenty of opportunities to get more hands-on. Depending on how much time you are able to offer, there are lots of places to locally volunteer your help. If you’re busy but want to feel like you’re making a personal difference, why not look into sponsoring or adopting an animal?
If you’d like to take a more proactive role in helping out but can’t commit any time in your daily life, donations are a great option. There are countless incredible charities and organisations, so read up on what your money will help fund and choose one that means the most to you.
Environmentally friendly tips
There are many ways you can tweak your daily routine to ensure your habits aren’t destructive to the planet. Make small environmentally friendly changes – opt to use as little disposable plastic as possible, use less hot water and collect rainwater, stop buying into the fast fashion industry with your clothing purchases. Often, choosing to live in a more sustainable way actually saves money and time, too.