TORONTO – April 26, 2017 – Earth Day was celebrated by more than 1 billion people in nearly 200 countries around the world on Saturday April 22nd. As the world celebrates Earth Month throughout April, Projects Abroad recognizes the importance of collective action to protect the environment.
Projects Abroad offers 12 Conservation & Environment volunteering programs in destinations around the world. Through service work, volunteers contribute to ongoing conservation efforts in specific areas of need. The types of projects available vary, and take place in destinations across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the South Pacific.
Climate change and global warming were major focuses of hundreds of campaigns in support of Earth Day. Many of Projects Abroad's conservation programs directly address the realities of climate change. Reforestation efforts in Madagascar, research into recent major global coral bleaching events, and protecting biodiversity in the Amazon Rainforest, are among the projects a volunteer can be exposed to during a trip.
A number of projects also focus on protecting specific threatened animal species. The Shark Conservation Project in Fiji produces groundbreaking research to better understand these predators at the top of our oceans' food chain. On the African Savannah Project in Kenya, volunteers work in a team to monitor and count endangered giraffe.
"As we start to realize the severity of our planet's condition, protecting the environment has to become a priority for all," says Tom Pastorius, Head of Global Recruitment for Projects Abroad. "From the tiniest of hatched sea turtles, to the vast Amazon jungle, our conservation projects make it possible for someone to do their bit to make a difference."
Earth Month ends next week, but the need to protect the planet does not end with it. Volunteers of all ages can sign up and join a passionate Projects Abroad team of conservationists in a destination abroad, to contribute to saving planet Earth.