Eco-anxiety is real! With major forests burning worldwide and icebergs turning to slush, it’s hard to find your happy. Personally, I find that getting involved and taking action makes me feel like I am making a measurable difference in my community. I will provide you with opportunities to get involved without becoming a member and without any serious commitment (let’s keep it casual y’all!).
While these organizations are specific to St. Louis, many times you can find local chapters, charities, or organizations doing the same work in your area.
Take Care of Local Trees
20% of newly planted trees in St. Louis die within their first year. The cause? Lack of watering. The solution? You! You can volunteer for the Missouri Chapter of Forest ReLeaf who is dedicated to restoring the tree canopy in the city of St. Louis. Since 1993, they have planted more than 200,000 trees, and they seek volunteers who can help water trees and assist in their nursery.
Similarly, STL Tree LC is dedicated to ensuring that young trees are planted and cared for in Ward 9 (includes Benton Park, Benton Park West, Soulard, Marine Villa, McKinley Heights, Mount Pleasant, and Kosciusko). They hold educational events and seek volunteers willing to adopt a tree.
- Volunteer for Forest ReLeaf based on a schedule that works for you
- Follow STL Tree LC on Facebook for upcoming events
Bake a Pie
Perennial is a reuse craft space that is in the midst of preparing for it’s annual fundraiser, Lost + Found. Part of this fundraiser involves their Pies for Perennial, held on Thursday, September 12. It’s $10 to enter the pie contest. Judges will determine winners for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and winners will receive a prize from Perennial.
Perennial works not only to divert waste from landfill by turning otherwise discarded items into beloved treasures (seriously, look at their class offerings), they also work with several charities within St. Louis who work to empower women transitioning from the criminal justice system, women leaving abuse, and survivors of sexual exploitation. Perennial is truly a gem of the city.
- Enter the pie contest here.
- Continue to divert items from landfill, by taking one of their crafting classes.
- If you’re a business owner, consider sponsoring one of their popular clothing swaps starting at $250. Contact Katie at email@example.com
- Volunteer at the Clothing Swap. Find more information about volunteering here.
Get on Your Bikes and Ride!
Trailnet is devoted to connecting people to places in St. Louis by working with the city and key stakeholders to make the city more walkable and bikable. Help them further their mission by volunteering to count pedestrians and bicyclists in order to capture data to help them further their mission. You can also join them for a variety of fun community rides, like the upcoming Literary Tour ride.
Additionally, The Monthly Cycle is a great way to get acclimated to riding in the streets of St. Louis. The Monthly Cycle hosts a (you guessed it) monthly ride for women and gender non-binary St. Louisians. The monthly ride is a constant, but community members also post pop-up rides and activities like bike maintenance 101.
- Volunteer for a Trailnet Pedestrian and Bike Count
- Join a Trailnet community bike ride
- Join the Monthly Cycle for a monthly ride and other pop-up events and activities.
As you can see, there are lots of ways to turn your eco-anxiety into action! Many of the suggestions here can be a one-time commitment. Getting out into your community and meeting other people passionate about the environment will only help us in the long run as we work towards large system changes. I hope to see you at one of these events!
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