Be an Earth warrior: Five ways you can help protect our local environment
Keen to do your bit for the local environment, but not sure where to start?
Here are some of the local organisations you can volunteer with, or support, to help restore, protect and enhance the Northern Rivers' precious environment.
There are numerous Landcare groups right across the region who are always looking for volunteers. From dune care on our local beaches, to rainforest regeneration, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. The Landcare website is a great place to start your search. Visit landcarensw.org.au/become-a-friend-of-landcare-nsw and type in your postcode for contact details of organisations closest to you.
This NGO based in the Byron Shire are on a mission to restore cleared land back to rainforest. Their nursery in Mullumbimby has an open volunteer day every Sunday where anyone can come and pot plants, regenerate seedlings, and learn other nursery management skills. Reforest NOW also holds public planting events throughout the year. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for info.
WIRES Northern Rivers needs volunteers to help rescue sick, injured, or orphaned native animals, To become a volunteer you need to complete WIRES Rescue and Immediate Care Course (RICC). If you can't commit to that there are a range of other roles available, such as helping to manage the hotline, helping make pouches for baby possums or kangaroos or crocheting nests for rescued baby birds.
Established 18 months ago, Byron Rangers was designed to make volunteering simple and fun. You can get involved in a range of volunteering experiences and commit to as much or as little as you like. Become a citizen scientist tracking turtles for Australian Seabird Rescue, help clean up the beach, care for wildlife or learn how to become an organic farmer. More info at Byronrangers.com
TAKE 3 for the SEA
This could be the simplest way of all to do your bit. Just take three pieces of rubbish with you when you leave a beach, waterway or nature spot and you're done. If you like to share, take a pic, post it to Insta and tag @take3forthesea_byron (you don't have to be in Byron - you can do it anywhere you are!).