The Happy Earth Ambassador Program
We want to inspire people to drive awareness of environmental issues and work towards conservation solutions. Together, we can create a community of environmental advocates passionate about preserving our planet. Below we've listed ways that ambassadors can bolster and support the earth. As an ambassador, Happy Earth will award you points that can be redeemed for our eco-friendly products. Join our ambassador program - be a champion of the planet and look good doing it!
Every purchase at Happy Earth raises money for conservation efforts and helps inform people of issues plaguing our world. Ambassadors will receive a personal code that provides a discount for any purchase, which we encourage to be shared along with your passion for our campaigns to friends, family, and your social network.
More than anything, we want our ambassadors to get involved in the conservation movements that inspire them! Be it organizing tree-plantings, ocean clean-ups, trail & park pick-ups, volunteering with environmental organizations, etc. Join a community nature-loving activists and work to make the Earth a cleaner, healthier planet!
Happy Earth wants to share your environmental passions with our whole community. Our blog currently highlights different nature topics: reviewing documentaries, renewable energy, environmental trends, and the effects of pollution. We want to hear a topic that excites you!
Ambassadors are rewarded by their participation in each of these activities. We're here to encourage and enable pro-active efforts in sustainability, conservation, and growing our community. Our impact on the world depends on our ambassadors - and they're rewarded for helping us meet our goals.
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The Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a vital component to conservation by creating the next generation of environmental stewards. These institutions feed curiosity and provide education to children and adults alike, by providing an array of opportunities in-and-out of their physical establishments. This includes volunteer opportunities that are open to everyone and anyone who is willing to volunteer their time and energy to make a difference.
Herewith a lag in seasonal employment, I was professionally available and ready for a change. Hence, I used my degree in Natural Resources Conservation from the University of Massachusetts Amherst to attain an internship in the Penguin Colony at the New England Aquarium to gain basic animal husbandry skills. Originally I used this internship to strengthen my resume, but ended up gaining more than anticipated.
Three days a week for three months, I became well practiced in a range of duties including food preparation, medication preparation, exhibit cleaning, hand feeding and oral presentations. This provided an opportunity to learn behind the scenes but also interact with the birds and teach the public about penguin characteristics and conservation initiatives. I got to speak out to groups of 50-250 about environmental hazards such as oil spills and overfishing and educate the visitors about how they can help. On top of all that, I worked alongside some amazing people, volunteers and staff with a broad range of professional backgrounds that share a common love for fish and wildlife.
And now that I have completed my internship, I feel it is only fair I repay them by advertising the need for zoo and aquarium volunteers. These institutions are generally under funded, and need your help. It takes an army to maintain fish and wildlife. So, if you love fish, wildlife, the environment or just want to make connections that last a lifetime, please take my advice and volunteer at your local zoo or aquarium. You will not regret it.
A weeks ago, I took part with my volunteer group in planting new plants down at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve! Since most of the plants had been trampled on by path goers, we decided to replace those plants with twice as many! All of the plants we planted were water efficient, meaning that they don't need a lot of water to survive since California is going through a drought. We created a system of diggers, planters, and water carriers. There was a big water truck that was nearby and from there we filled containers up and watered the newly placed plants. When planting them, we created a doughnut like shape of dirt around them so that the water wouldn't pour out and disperse in the dry dirt surrounding it. We worked for about 3 hours and planted over 100 new plants!
In August, I had the pleasure of traveling to Costa Rica for 2 weeks where I assisted biologists, research assistants, and fellow humanitarians with WIDECAST/L.A.S.T's Sea Turtle Conservation project. We worked round the clock whether performing nightly patrol shifts, hatchery duty, or general beach cleanup. I was able to see all stages of sea turtle life, and aid in their protection. I think the most incredible part of this trip was meeting former poachers whom WIDECAST had been able to convert to beach guides. These were men and women who grew up in an industry where sea turtles were nothing more than currency, material or food. WIDECAST offered them the opportunity to change their way of life in exchange for a salary.
This was the first trip I had ever taken by myself, and I can't begin to describe how much fun I had. I met fantastic, like minded people and engrossed myself in a very welcoming culture. I highly recommend anyone considering something like this to just try it!
This past week I participated in a stream clean up. I am involved in University of Nebraska-Lincoln Wildlife Club and we adopted a stream near campus. A couple times throughout the semester we take the club to the stream with a few garbage bags to pick up trash. It baffles me to see how much trash can accumulate in such a short time. I mostly picked up plastic wrappers or plastic grocery bags, but I was surprised to see items like shoes or car parts.
"My family and I went to Obed National Park with a couple trash bigs with the intention on picking up any trash we found hiking along trails. We went through a short trail and ran into a park ranger and spoke a bit about what we were doing that day. He told us we wouldn’t find any on these trails, because they had people come through and do just what we were doing. That was good to hear, but he was very wrong.
"The main thing we found along the trails were beer cans, usually down the hill a ways off the trail. I was able to fill up about half a trash bag with everything I found. I am now advocating for everyone to bring a small bag when they go hiking, because I have seen trash on every trail I have ever been on; it never hurts to be prepared."
Kaylen takes an hour every weekend to look after a local creek as part of her "Clean the Creek" project!
"The other day I drove around town and up San Dimas Canyon where I grew up. I was saddened to see the amount of trash along the road and trails, especially for the small amount of people who live and visit this area of town. Today I went back with one of my best friends and our two dogs (as adventure buddies & protection from the wild animals) with some empty trash bags and we packed 2 bags to the brim with trash. Not too big of a clean-up, but after seeing the difference in the nature's appearance in the end, it made me realize how little contributions really can make a difference when combined together. Why not bring some trash bags along a fun lil' evening mid-week exploration with friends?"
This summer I was an unpaid intern at the Clinton River Watershed Council, which is in Rochester Hills Michigan. We do stream monitoring, restoration projects, dam removals, and other projects along the Clinton River and its connecting tributaries. The Clinton River is currently listed as an Area of Concern (AOC), so it is vital that we continue to protect it and restore it to healthy levels. I have attached some photos from a woody debris cleanup we did at the end of the summer. Someone built an illegal dam that was blocking the flow in a main branch of the Clinton River. This not only affected the flow of the water but it also prevented the ability of fish and other species to travel upstream. While we were removing the woody debris, we noticed that the area was also very polluted, so we grabbed some trash pickers and ended up collecting over 50 pounds of garbage! It was a lot of work but being able to see the progress we made in the area afterwards was very rewarding. I am looking forward to sharing more experiences like this!!
Me and my friends took a day to clean our river. As you can see in the first photo, it was pretty bad. After a few hours of going up and down the the river, picking up every piece we could find, even the small ones, when ended up picking up three whole garbage bags full total! We found lots of cans and cigarette butts.
All in all, I would say operation river clean up was a success! The best part of this experience is knowing how much a day of fun with my friends helps the earth in the end.
"I work as a Preventionist Educator for Riverview Center, a sexual assault service agency based out of Iowa and Illinois. A big part of my job is working with young people on a multitude of issues related to violence prevention and aimed at changing attitudes and views on all things related to respect and tolerance of others. During the summers, Riverview hosts a kids' character camp, and we talk to the kids about respect, listening skills, good sportsmanship, sharing, and appreciation for other cultures and ways of life. Part of the activities we participated in this year involved a park cleanup, where the kids went around a neighborhood park after a big storm we had and cleaned up a lot of the trash and debris that it scattered around. I talked to the campers about the huge importance in protecting our planet, because by keeping our planet safe and habitable for all living things, we are showing each other respect. I then had the kids come up with ways that they could keep helping the planet even after camp was over. I saw a few of them picking up trash the rest of the day, even when they weren't asked! It's always good to spark a passion for conservation with anyone, but especially with the younger generations. I was grateful to be able to do just that!"
"I’m an active member of Maryland State Game and Fish Protective Association. The “club” is situated on 24 acres of forest, dedicated to the conservation of local wildlife. The club recently partnered with The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy with a large grant funded by The Chesapeake Bay Trust. The partnership and grant will help the club improve and reduce its storm water runoff, which feeds into a local creek and then into the Chesapeake Bay. The project will also bring new wildlife habitats and nature paths for the public. Throughout the year club and GVC members will plant 200 trees, create and install rain barrels, design and plant a bayscape garden, rain garden, and several micro-bioretention systems.
The club kicked off events with a public rain barrel workshop, where we built rain barrels out of upcycled maple syrup containers! They not only smell delicious, but they will help the 15 attendees conserve water and reduce storm water runoff in their own homes and businesses!"
"I am the AP Environmental Science teacher at a local high school. This is my first year as a teacher, and I really wanted to make a difference as a geoscientist. This year at the school, a co-teacher and I started a "Community Service" class. This class is an elective, but it is so much more than a class. We started recycling programs at the school where we collect all the teacher's bins on Thursday and put them on the curb to be picked up by the recycling company. We recycle food that isn't eaten to be donated to our weekly back pack program for the students who don't get what they need at home. We are also trying to build an Outdoor classroom for all teachers to use to give the students a new environment to learn from.
All of these are huge efforts within our school to make our community a better place as well as it makes my job worth while."
Two of our ambassadors recently took it upon themselves to clean up a popular hiking trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. We've all been saddened or even angered by witnessing the trash that other hikers leave behind, but when you're not prepared for it, it's hard to make a meaningful difference in cleaning up. These two dedicated a day to traveling to the trail just to collect and remove trash from where it didn't belong. That's seriously awesome.
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