The aim of this article is to provide you with a quick an easy go to resource guide to choose some great charities that you can fundraise for. The theme of these charities is sustainability!
We have split them up into 3 categories: Environmental, Wildlife and Marine Charities.
If you're unsure of what these categories entail this is a brief breakdown.
- Environmental charities - They promote sustainable management of land, water, plant and energy resources (San Lorenzo, N., "Attitude Organic"). This would be our main category when talking about sustainability and what we would love for our groups to focus on, so you might notice it is the longest list! It's all about long term goals.
- Wildlife charities - These may be the ones we are most accustomed to hearing about. Wildlife charities focus around saving endangered wildlife, this may be by protecting environment and ecosystems, including tackling the climate crisis (World Wildlife Fund).
- Marine charities - Very similar to the Wildlife charities but concentrating on the Marine ecosystems. Marine charities especially have had a strong presence in the last few years with big campaigns including fighting the use of plastic straws, clean ups of plastic debris and micrplastics on beaches, turtle conservation, etc.
- Young People's Trust For the Environment (YPTE) - This charity, aims to "encourage young people's understanding of the environment and the need for sustainability". Their website provides a number of resources that are suitable for an audience from a young age to adulthood. They strongly believe that giving young people awareness of current environmental problems, like climate change, wildlife extinction, pollution, etc. will help increase taking on leading roles in tackling these issues.
- Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) - This charity focuses on offering "practical solutions and hands-on learning to help create a zero carbon world". Whilst the original focus of this charity was to create alternative technology, they now have a wider scope of educational resources to promote sustainable living. They offer free webinars as well as other educational courses that you can join from their website.
- Fareshare - This charity works hard against food waste. It is made up of 18 independent organisations across the UK which together take good quality surplus food and redistributes it to charities across the UK, including school breakfast clubs, older people's lunch clubs, homeless shelters and community cafes. They have redistributed an amazing amount of 53,894 tonnes of food to charities.
- Women's Environmental Network (WEN) - This charity "acts to achieve equality, justice and joy at the point where gender and environmental issues meet". This charity has launched a number of important campaigns surrounding women's health and the environment. One of their campaigns, "Environmenstrual" raised awareness of hidden plastics and chemicals in conventional menstrual products whilst promoting reusable and organic options. They have laos launched the "Feminist Green New Deal UK" which aims to ensure that the voices of women, people of colour and other marginalised groups are hear during environmental debates.
- Friends of the Earth - This charity pushes for change on causes like government action o the energy crisis, fighting for environmental and social justice globally as well as empowering local people to make their communities better.
- UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC) - This charity aims to "mobilise and empower young people to take positive action for global climate justice". Their values are amplifying youth voices, systemic change, non-violence, transparency, anti-oppression, inclusivity, diversity and independence. It is aimed at the 18-29 age group to volunteer and collaborate.
- World Wildlife Fund (WWF) - WWF is the world's leading independent conservation organisation. Their main aim is "to create a world where people and wildlife can thrive together". To do so they are pushing for a reduction in carbon emissions and pressing for measures to help people live sustainably.
- The Wildlife Trusts - This charity is formed with 46 individual Wildlife Trusts. They are focused on bringing wildlife back, empowering people to take action and combatting the climate and nature emergency.
- The Bumblebee Conservation Trust - This charity focuses on the conservation of bumblebees following the bumblebee population crash which has occured in the past century. Bumblebees hold a key role in the pollination of crops and wildflowers, which if left unattended, can cause devastating effects.
- People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) - This charity works on researching the best ways to protect endagered species in their natural habitats. Then they put that research into action, helping improve the outlook of endagered species in the UK (and around the world).
- Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) - This charity "protects, restores and creates healthy wetlands, and help bring people closer to nature". Wetlands are "filled with biodiversity, offer a lifeline for freshwater species and act as vital 'service stations' for migratory birds to rest and refuel. 40% of the world's plants and animals depend on wetlands", which is why it is so important to help conserve them.
- Marine Conservation Society - This charity fights for a "cleaner, better-protected, healthier ocean". They influence politications and businesses to make policy, legislative and practical changes, they engage communities in their campaigns, educate people to understand the value of a healthy ocean, as well as practical conservation activities with volunteers which is doubled up as collecting scientific data.
- Blue Ventures - This charity helps "design, scale, strengthen and sustain fisheries management and conservation at the community level". Their main aim is to promote and strengthen sustainable fishing.
- Sea Changers - This charity funds helps fund marine conservation projects around the UK (including research, direct action and education) with the aim to ensure the future health and sustainability of our oceans.
- Surfers against Sewage - This charity started as a small community in Cornwall, which has since grown and expanded into the successful charity it has now become. It focuses on beach cleans and education, but they are also currently campaiging for clean water, to end plastic pollution, action on climate change and recovery of the ocean.
Please note this is not an exhaustive list of all the amazing charities out there, so do your own research too! If you find a fantastic charity you think we should list here, just drop us a suggestion here.