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You Can Help Protect the Planet's Most Vulnerable Species With These Eco-Friendly Charities


Our five simple moves—from swapping your sunscreen to inviting bees into your yard—can help guard the planet’s most vulnerable critters. So can donating to the environmental nonprofit Earth Day Network’s “Protect Our Species” campaign or to the charities below.

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Give Bees a Chance

Earth’s bee population is dwindling, which is bad news for insects and the products they pollinate, like apples and almonds. Help your local hives by adding a “bee bath,” a shallow dish or birth bath filled with fresh water and pebbles or marbles, to your garden. Bees will stop by for a drink after a hard day’s work. (Honeycomb Bee Bowl, $40, castastone.comDonate: Pollinator Partnership, a nonprofit devoted to pollinating animals

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Protect the Coral Reef 

Home to more than 25 percent of the planet’s marine life, coral reefs are threatened by overzealous tourists, rising ocean temperatures, and oxybenzone, a common sunscreen ingredient. Swap your regular SPF for a oxybenzone-free lotion or spray. Donate: Coral Reef Alliance,


Spare the Whales

Make sure the catch of the day you’re eating is whale-friendly (whales often get entangled in commercial fishing nets) with the Seafood Watch app (free, iOS and Android). It locates businesses that serve sustainably sourced seafood. Donate: Whale and Dolphin Conservation,


Is Your Coffee Hurting Tigers?

Sumatran tigers are being pushed out of their habitats by land-grabbing coffee growers. Check if your brew is Rainforest Alliance–certified—the organization’s seal ensures your beans were gathered in a sustainable, tiger-friendly way. Donate: Panthera, an organization devoted to wild cat conservation


Feed the Monarchs

Talk about picky eaters. Monarch caterpillars exclusively eat milkweed, so call your area National Wildlife Federation office to find a variety that’s native to your area and start planting! Donate: Pollinator Partnership,

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