Global biodiversity is being lost much faster than the natural rate of extinction due to changes in land use, over-exploitation of natural resources, climate change and pollution. The preservation of the environment and the wildlife that live in it is of the upmost importance to the survival of the planet. With the recent emphasis in the media on the environment and climate change, we are proud to be championing projects that make a positive impact in creating a world that we are proud to live in. Here’s some of the reasons why environmental projects are so important – and the ways that you can help.

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1. Protect the habitats of important species

Issues such as habitat loss and human wildlife conflict are some of the main reasons why we are losing so much of our wildlife. As a Camps volunteer you could help protect, manage and restore the essential habitats of some of the world’s most endangered species. By doing this, we can make a significant difference to vulnerable species.

The consequences of human wildlife conflict are often devastating causing the loss of life to both local communities and the wildlife that surrounds them. To combat this, some of our projects include maintaining roads for anti-poaching patrols, creating elephant deterrents and running environmental education workshops. The more we can change people’s attitudes and perceptions towards wildlife, the better chance we have to stop poaching and other illegal activities towards animals.

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2. Reduce greenhouse gases to combat climate change

By planting trees and developing eco-friendly solutions to energy production in local communities we can reduce the amount of toxic carbon dioxide that is pumped into our atmosphere. Some of our projects include building a biogas collector, creating bio-fuel and installing fuel efficient stoves that reduce the need for firewood.

Our tree planting projects are vital work that you can get involved with to ensure the longevity of our planet. We are proud to have planted over 1 million trees so far, but there is still much more work to do.

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3. Clean up our oceans to protect marine life

Our seas are in a state of emergency. Our marine wildlife is struggling with the effects of the increasing amount of refuse found in the ocean. We run beach clean-ups in all our coastal locations to remove the rubbish that has been washed up from the sea. From this we have created recycled artwork from the collected materials to raise awareness of the importance of marine conservation.

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4. See your impact and spread the word

By working on these projects, you will have the opportunity to see the difference you are making to the lives of the wildlife first hand. Taking part in projects such as reforestation and beach clean-ups give immediate results that will continue to have a positive effect into the future which can be one of the most rewarding feelings. You will also have the experience to educate others on the impact of climate change and learn about what you can do to make a difference.

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5. Learn new skills and become a global citizen

When taking part in our projects you will be learning new skills and knowledge first hand. From building bat boxes to creating elephant dung paper, the skills and knowledge you will pick up whilst volunteering will serve you long into the future.

If you want to find out more about some more of our environmental conservation work and the difference you could help make, check out our project reports here.