March 21, 2016

Give Back: Wildlife Conservation Society

As part of my Year of 52 and 12, every month I'm supporting organizations and causes that I believe in. I'm a firm believer in "putting my money where my mouth is." With such a highly connected world, it's so incredibly easy to ramble on and on about "the issues" on social media, but seldom do we do much more than talk about it. I'm tired of simply talking about it; I want to be about it. Every month, I want to share what I'm doing to "give back" as a way to encourage you to let your actions speak louder. Whether you choose to support the same cause as me or something entirely different, it is my hope that we all make this year the year that we did something good for the world in which we live.
It is my hope that we act.

I am passionate about this planet. I want to travel across every inch of it because it is truly that beautiful and offers so many opportunities for learning and personal growth. But in order to see that lofty goal through, this planet needs to be protected. Every single thing, living or not, has a special purpose here. If we lose a species or a natural habitat, the entire balance of this place we call home gets thrown off. That's why it is so incredibly important to invest our energies into conservation. So this month, I'm giving back to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Mission: WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature.

Vision: WCS envisions a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth.

I first learned about WCS by visiting the National Geographic website because I wanted to find an organization that was dedicated to protecting my favorite animal - the elephant. That's when I followed a link to the WCS website where I learned that not only is this organization focused on protecting elephants but also big cats, sharks, apes, and the areas they call home.

I think one of the most important things in any organization is transparency, and WCS certainly embraces that quality. Exploring their website, I was able to easily find their annual reports as well as a very well thought-out and planned strategy for protecting wildlife and wild places - the 2020 strategy. Finding this information let's me, as a donor, know where my dollars are going, and it also outlines a realistic plan of action for protecting this planet that I love.

I hope you'll consider donating to WCS. I strongly encourage you to explore their website and read about the 2020 strategy so that you'll not only feel confident in this organization but also to understand the importance of conservation.

To donate to the Wildlife Conservation Society, follow this link.

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