Everybody can play their part in helping to move forward in our shared climate change emergency, even as employees, or from home (see the Leeds University list of six things you can do from home)
Here below is a long list of interest based organisations that need volunteers near you to support, lend a hand and push things forward altogether.
Local community & charity organisations near you have the power to spark the sustained climate action that we so need.
So if you feel as helpless as we do, then select an interest from the below drop down, or hit Control-F on your keyboard and search for your nearest city - then go forth in supporting bigger change around you.
Climate Change Volunteering Directory:
Here are some of our favourite climate change volunteering opportunities and openings:
- ClientEarth uses the rule of law to create systemic change.
- Climate Majority Project work to accelerate citizen climate action towards system change
- Tradewater collects refrigerators to dispose safely of the harmful gases contained within.
- Refuge Action help people who are environmental refugees as a result of climate change.
- SumOfUs purchase shares of corporations to get companies to change their bad behaviour.
- Sharefrome facilitates in increased borrowing to avoid unnecessary production, as well as waste ending up in landfill.
- Climate Cardinals is an activist group consisting of volunteers who translate and source climate information into over 100 languages
- The CPA help those who suffer from Eco-Anxiety to overcome their battles in order to improve overall wellbeing for those looking to help.
- Nature Volunteering helps volunteers to find UK conservation projects that match their interests in helping nature.
- The Bike Project offers bike servicing and maintenance and helps refugees travel while at the same time help the environment by reducing CO2 emission with the use of bikes.
- EcoSwell allow people to volunteer to take part in different climate change projects including reforestation, conservation and ecosystem restoration.
- Forestry England allow people to volunteer in forest management to make sure that the nations forests thrive.
- The Vegan Society provides people with information about being a healthy vegan, and sell vegan products to reduce the consumption of non-vegan products that contribute to climate change.
- Environmental Agency Flood Wardens The Environment Agency seeks volunteers to play a vital role in protecting communities from flooding.
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Refuge Action help people who are environmental refugees as a direct or indirect result of climate change. They get them the basic support that they need to live with dignity, and build safe, happy and productive lives in the UK.
Shareoxford facilitates the avoidance of waste and helps save space, money and the environment by providing people with the ability to borrow instead of buying.
Praesideo sources reliable carbon information that are shared with people to enable them to make informed decisions with their purchases and investments.
DoNation offers an online platform that is powered off of years of academic, technical and professional expertise in behaviour change aiming to educate people to adopt a sustainable lifestyle to reduce the devastating effects of climate change.
The Vegan Society
The Vegan society provides people with information about being a healthy vegan and sell vegan products to reduce the consumption of non-vegan products that contribute to climate change.
The Vegetarian Resource Group
The Vegeterian Resource Group provides an online platform where people can stay informed about VGR activities and ways to help the climate stay cool.
Vegan.org inspires people to be vegan to help save the environment by teaching vegan principles and through information sharing about vegan food and guidance towards purchasing environmentally friendly materials.
Entocycle is a team of change-makers, engineers, entomologists and scientists on a mission to restore the natural world by revolutionising the way we feed animals via bugs and insects.
SumOfUs is a community of 21 million people from around the world. Their aim is to change the way in which corporations conduct themselves. SumOfUs have been successful in collective purchasing of shares and the resulting shareholder action to get companies to change their bad behaviour. They have already forced Apple to publish their first-ever human rights policy.
ClientEarth is dedicated to protecting life on Earth by using the law to create systemic change. They have for instance already stopped all new coal fired power plants from opening in Europe, and saved the most important forest in Europe - Poland’s Bialowieza - from illegal logging.
PECT provides sustainable practices to help protect the environment by offering people the opportunity to volunteer in activities such as litter picking and tree planting.
The Big Repair Project
Set up by the UCL, the BPB would like your help to better understand household issues with the maintenance and repair of home appliances and electronics in the UK.
Canal & River Trust
Canal & River Trust offers different volunteering opportunities where people can take action in cleaning canals in different areas of the UK.
Recycle Rebuild offers volunteering opportunities involving recycling to help the environment and empower communities to resolve demand & supply issues.
EcoCycle allows communities in the US to participate in different volunteering projects with the aim to create a greener environment by recycling and reducing waste.
City To Sea
City To Sea is an environmental organisation campaigning to stop plastic pollution at source by working with communities, businesses and activists around the world.
Centre for Sustainable Energy
The Centre for Sustainable Energy consists of volunteers that mainly help the Home Energy Team to provide advice and support to local householders to find energy saving solutions.
Graviticity develops technologies that use gravity to store energy and create an efficient way to produce eco friendly energy at peak times.
Cambridge Carbon Footprint
Cambridge Carbon Footprint works to raise awareness of climate change issues as well as to support people moving to a low-carbon lifestyle.
NatureScot offer many opportunities to volunteer in the Scottish countryside, and work with partners to improve the natural environment in Scotland, as well as to inspire others to care too.
Nature Conservancy Canada
The Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC) is led by a team of conservation science professionals who work to identify, plan and execute the protection and restoration of Canada's natural spaces.
The Conservation Volunteers
American Conservation Experience
The American Conservation Experience (ACE) provides rewarding environmental service opportunities that harness the idealism and energy of a volunteer labour force to help restore America’s public lands.
Cardiff Conservation Volunteers
Nature Volunteers allows you to find projects in the UK that match your interest in helping nature, including single short events, placements and being part of a regular team.
The WWF is creating an environmental conservation movement in India that aims to inspire people to care for nature. Their volunteers’ program addresses this by building a community of conscious and empowered citizens.
Climate Ed offer free climate workshops in schools, teaching children about climate science, carbon literacy and climate action.
Climate Majority Project
CMP support initiatives that organise citizen action within local communities. Their incubators help to grow initiatives.
Energy Alton provides energy advice on energy saving and keeping people's homes warm.
Insulate Britain is an organisation that it is calling for a national programme to ensure homes are insulated to be low energy by 2030.
Carbon Literacy Project
Carbon Literacy offers everyone a day's worth of Carbon Literacy learning covering climate change, carbon footprint and how people can tackle global warming.
Grist is a nonprofit media organisation dedicated to telling stories of climate solutions and a just future.
Planet is a leading provider of geospatial data for use in agriculture, government and commercial mapping.
Project Drawdown works to find solutions to climate change by ranking emissions impact and in turn provide action plans to tackle the issues that cause climate change.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
The UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology investigates and monitors environmental change to help governments and businesses to create a productive, resilient and healthy environment.
Climate Cardinals is an activist group consisting of volunteers who translate and source climate information into over 100 languages to empower people to tackle climate crisis.
Extinction Rebellion is a decentralised, international and politically non-partisan movement using civil disobedience to persuade governments to act justly on the Climate and Ecological Emergency.
Climate Action is an activist group that aims to turn councils' political promises in concrete action by adopting a climate action plan.
Climate Psychology Alliance
The CPA help those who suffer from Eco-Anxiety to overcome their battles in order to improve overall wellbeing for those looking to help.
Concordia Volunteers support people to develop skills and gain experience that they need in order to thrive in a sustainable way with projects such as working with animals, agriculture, renovation and more.
Wilderness Foundation UK
The Wilderness Foundation UK offers free environmental education projects to schools wanting to engage is learning about sustainability.
National Energy Foundation
The National Energy Foundation aims to improve energy efficiency in the home through the governments Green Home Grant initiative.
The Renewable Energy Institute
The Renewable Energy Institute promotes knowledge-sharing and best practices in renewable energy and energy efficiency by offering training courses and volunteering opportunities.
BikeforGood facilitates the accessibility of bike repairing services and teaching people how to fix their bike to encourage them to cycle instead of using non-environmentally friendly vehicles.
CyclingUK consists of community cycle clubs that offer people bike advice and maintenance tips for beginners.
The Bike Project
The Bike Project offers bike servicing and maintenance and helps refugees travel while at the same time help the environment by reducing CO2 emission with the use of bikes.
Bike Project Surrey
Bike Project Surrey teaches people how to maintain and fix bikes while at the same time encourage bike travelling as a mean to produce better climate outcomes.
Recyke Bike offers bike servicing and repair services which increases bike usage and it contributes to positive climate change outcomes.
Sustrans works to share knowledge to people about the benefits or walking and cycling to help people achieve better health and a sustainable environment.
Sustainable Transport Midlands
Sustainable Transport Midlands works to make transport environmentally and economically sustainable in the Midlands.
Sustainable Travel International
Sustainabletravel.org inspires people to travel responsibly to make a positive impact on climate change by raising awareness of responsible travel choices.
Clean Air Council
Clean Air Council works to create a better environment where people can breathe clean air by adopting different strategies such as cutting climate-warming methane pollution from the oil and gas industry.
Idling Action London is a behaviour change campaign which is helping to reduce localised air pollution caused by motorists leaving their engines running when parked.
Climeworks aims to restore a healthy balance of CO2 in the atmosphere by using technology and nature-based solutions.
Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth is a grassroots environmental campaigning community that push on causes such as climate change.
The Countryside Charity
CPRE is the leading environmental charity in London for protecting green spaces. They are passionate about raising the importance of developing a greener London.
Bionutrient Food Association
The Bionutrient Food Association teaches a set of principles and practices that support growers in building high functioning biological system in the soil that grows their crops.
The Greensand Trust offers different services that help conserve, enhance and protect landscape and wildlife.
WWOOF connect people who want to live and learn about organic farms and small holdings with people who want to share their knowledge and way of life.
Farmgarden advocates and campaign for recognition, funding and opportunities for nature-based activities to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and the environment.
Sustain campaign for a healthy and sustainable food system, which is publicly accountable, socially and environmentally responsible.
EcoSwell allows people to volunteer and take part in different climate change projects including reforestation, conservation and ecosystem restoration.
The Rainforest Trust purchases and protects the most threatened tropical forests and allows people to help by accepting donations.
The Kindling Trust
The Kindling Trust works with communities, farmers, health providers, activists and policymakers to challenge and subvert the industrial food system.
RSPB UK works to reduce the levels of greenhouse gases, methane and nitrous oxide emitted by the farming industry by increasing production efficiency.
Countryside Restoration Trust
The Countryside restoration Trust works to restore a living, working countryside by encouraging farming practices to protect wildlife.
Chilterns allows people who are concerned about climate change to volunteer and take part in activities such as path clearance to tree planting and stream management.
Forestry England allows people to volunteer in forest management to make sure that the nations forests will thrive.
Ocean Conservancy is an online platform that allows people to take direct action in supporting ocean research.
GreenSeas Trust educates people to increase awareness about marine plastic litter and the steps people can take to combat it.
Coast Care enable volunteers to train and support in the conservation of beaches, dunes, and grasslands of Northumberland.
The Environment Agency seeks volunteer flood wardens to play a vital role in protecting communities from flooding.
Green Clicks research online/digital emissions to encourage more high profile websites to optimise and therefore reduce server load emissions from their often billions of visitors.