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3 Ways to Have a Lasting Environmental Impact Without Losing Your Soul

Gabriella Hoffman
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The Church of Climatology and the politicians who subscribe to its teachings preach we only have 13 months until the world ends, so we must act on climate change RIGHT NOW. Give up your burgers and have fewer children, they chant. If we fail to act, we have blood on our hands. Even better, we must litter the streets of Washington, D.C., in the name of climate justice to own the cons and stop pipelines.

Kids today boast unhealthy levels of anxiety over the health of the planet—in large part due to fear mongering from parents and teachers— despite indications showing the planet is faring better today thanks to innovation and human progress.

The extremism displayed in today’s strain of environmentalism turns off a lot people, and rightly so. If you care about the environment, it’s possible to act and do your part to better the environment without subscribing to today’s doctrine.

How? Here are three ways to have a lasting impact on the environment without losing your soul:

Don’t Make Free Enterprise the Enemy

A grave mistake today’s radical environmentalists make, unsurprisingly, is making an enemy of businesses.

In recent protests, demonstrators have held signs pinning the blame on capitalism and free enterprise. Unbeknownst to many of these protestors, market-based economies actually boast cleaner environmental standards than their more centrally-planned counterparts. Whoops. Talk about an inconvenient truth!

They lay the blame on them for many of the alleged problems beset in the environment. However, it is largely private businesses that are driven on their own accord to act and set their own clean standards. Some certainly buy into the extremist rhetoric, while others practice stewardship and sustainability without appearing self-hating.

Let’s not make well-intentioned businesses the enemy of the good. Instead, let’s work with them.

Encourage Individuals to Act on Their Own Accord, Not Through Government Coercion

Many of today’s climate protestors believe government action, especially through greater regulations, will compel the majority of Americans to act on climate issues. The opposite is true.

Just like anything, coercion is inherently against our American nature. In fact, great changes in our country have come largely through voluntary contributions or actions. When our countrymen or those other countries are devastated by natural disasters, Americans open their hearts and wallets to them on their own accord. When injustices are felt, people peacefully march and make their voices heard. And much of the time, a real impact is felt.

The same could be said with promoting environmentalism and stewardship. With government being largely draconian and overly intrusive in our lives today, its involvement will incur more problems than deliver on solutions.

People have different environmental causes they believe in, not one-size-fits-all approaches to environmentalism. Some may place more importance on stopping single-use plastics. Others care about reducing ocean pollution. Many care about true wildlife conservation efforts to restore imperiled species. Some help clean up their local waterways and parks. Others donate large sums of cash to private charities.

People must decide for themselves what to advocate for.

That’s why a free market philosophy coupled with stewardship—which compels individuals to come together on their own to enact great change —should be encouraged.

Practice Stewardship and Get Involved in True Conservation Causes

Instead of blocking roads or calling for the destruction of capitalism, join non-governmental organizations and legitimate causes to bolster the environment.

As I write here regularly, hunters and anglers often pay the large share of conservation funding in this country and become involved in different NGOs to preserve species and bolster habitat.

Hunters, for instance, have played an instrumental role in restoring commonly hunted and admired iconic species like whitetail deer, Rocky Mountain elk, wild turkeys, and more.

Beyond these conservation groups, non-consumptive users can give to the National Park Foundation, buy a Federal Duck Stamp, or support groups like Eco Defense Group, among many, that impact the environment for the better.

What are ways you promote conservation and get involved? Tell us below!

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