Why We Care
Our wildlife and wild places are under threat from habitat loss, changing climates, and some elected officials looking to strip vital protections and funding.
Why You Matter
Every voiced raised in support of wildlife and wild places can make a difference. And when we all work together we can make big things happen.
Activist Toolbox: Helping You Help Wildlife
Save time and get going by downloading the Defenders Citizen Advocate Handbook which you can use as a guide for all your efforts, but remember your voice and your passion are the most effective tools you have.
The following are a few ways you can help spread the word and tips for effective advocacy.
Communicating with Elected Officials
From personal meetings in Washington, DC or district offices, to phone calls, to letters and emails communicating with your elected officials is key and can have an enormous impact.
Working with the Media
Writing letters to the editor are a great way to get the word out in your community – and catch the eye of your local elected officials. Tapping into social media opportunities and sharing public service announcements can also help raise the visibility of wildlife conservation.
Reaching out in Your Community
There are many ways to educate and engage others in your community. You can host a house party or other event with your friends, family, and neighbors; participate in a public meeting, or even pass a local resolution.