Today is World Nature Conservation Day. While it’s great to have a day calling attention to Earth’s natural resources, we should all be doing whatever we can year-round, too, to increase awareness of nature conservation and ensure the long-term protection of our natural resources.
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden (HTBG) is one place where it’s World Nature Conservation Day every day. While it’s beautiful to wander through the 40-acre Onomea Valley tropical garden, there’s so much more to it than that.
The botanical garden is like a living museum for people to go through and experience nature and conservation firsthand. Not only does HTBG protect specific plant families and ecosystems, and act as steward of Onomea and the waterways, it places a focus on educating people and reigniting the connection between people and plants.
Other ways the scientific and educational non-profit Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden protects our natural resources and environments:
- Acts as a living seed bank, growing and protecting more than 2,000 species that represent more than 125 families and 750 genera.
- Grows and protects native, local, and other tropical plants and trees.
- Preserves and provides habitats for insects, birds, and other wildlife.
- Maintains and ensures clean waterways.
- Protects ocean ecosystems.
How we all can help with conservation and the environment
What can we, as individuals, do to support nature conservation and the environment? Reduce how much we buy, waste, and send to the landfill. Reuse non-plastic shopping bags. Grow our own plants. Ride a bike when we can instead of driving. Spend time in our local parks and botanical gardens. Practice eco-tourism. Support Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.
If you are here on Hawai‘i Island, you might consider helping with coastline cleanup through a group such as Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii.
Here are five other environmental volunteer opportunities in the U.S. and around the world where you can help. In honor of World Nature Conservation Day, consider choosing one and making a difference regarding clean water, trees, ocean and marine life, animals and wildlife, and climate change.