What good can you do?

Here are a few ideas to get you started.


What we see and what we directly experience, matters. However you look at it, these things are part of us and part of the world we live in – our environment.

“Well I’m not going to pick up someone else’s rubbish.”

If it is not yours why should you?

We all interact with the environment in different ways on a daily basis, with nature, energy and food. This is nothing new. These relationships have been going for generations, and accepting responsibility is therefore simply essential as they form the very basis of our existence.

You probably put your rubbish in a waste bin and carry on with your day. But you don’t have to look too far to see our overall relationship with waste. Trash dirties our streets, attracts animals considered pests, and is often blown or washed into our rivers, lakes and oceans from which we obtain drinking water and food.

Why Conserve is not just about our relationship with rubbish. It is about empowering a shared social responsibility for our environment. Please click here to learn more.

What can you do to be part of this project?

One of our core objectives as Why Conserve is to showcase realistic actions that can be taken in favour of conservation without spending any money.

1. Turn down the brightness of your screen. Save energy and extend the battery life of mobile devices whilst still being able to read the content of this website.

2. Select something from our What can I do? page and act on it. This can involve checking out facts and figures, getting creative or becoming active and talking about people, events and ideas.

3. Search our resources for what interests you, and share your stories about your relationship with the environment.

4. Find plenty of short bits of information about conservation that relates to you on Twitter. And if you like to tweet, please follow us @whyconserve.

5. Learn more about the background of Why Conserve by reading our story below.

On returning to the UK from a conservation training course in Namibia in 2011, I wrote on an old envelope my “ultimate goal” – to identify human values of the environment and it’s conservation. This was one year after completing an undergraduate degree in wildlife conservation against periods of doubting the field’s contribution to society compared with medicine, law and trades and services.


The vulnerability of nature and the connections between man and environment are the messages I aimed to reflect in this photograph in Namibia (above). I name it, Dependence.

My following years spent in environmental education and research in the UK and Costa Rica, and my increasing attention and curiosity about human social behaviour and the connectedness of people and environment, brings us to the summer of 2014. At this point, the first core components were pooled together to form the foundation of this ever growing centralised resource.

This is an extraordinarily exciting time where we are now, for the first time, able to have one platform to simultaneously draw and deliver motivation for conserving the natural world. Sharing the stories of what we see and directly experience brings the global issues down to the individual level in a way in which we can connect with them and relate to each other and with our environment.

This process of connecting the dots will be a shared adaptive and dynamic experience for all, including myself. It will enable us to discover what conservation can do for us as individuals and how we may reflect our values through considered and responsible actions in every-day life. Crucially, politicians, managers, mass media and the public can further catalyse this action at this most critical time for people and planet.

The ultimate goal set in 2011 is one you are proudly invited to help address. It is to answer the fundamental question of why conserve, and to act.

Thank you,

Nathan Roberts, co-founder of Why Conserve.

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