I joined the John Muir Trust a couple of years ago. I wanted to support the preservation of wilderness areas in Scotland. I also felt it was a positive way to oppose the industrialisation of wild lands, especially the encroachment of wind turbines. To quote from the JMT web site:
“The John Muir Trust is a UK conservation charity dedicated to protecting wild places. We own and care for some of the UK’s finest wild landscapes including Ben Nevis, Schiehallion, Sandwood Bay, Quinag in Assynt, part of the Cuillin on Skye and 3,000 acres on the remote Knoydart peninsula.
We work hard on the properties we own, and through partnerships with others, to restore and protect habitats, bring back lost species and help nature flourish. We do litter picks, beach cleans, footpath maintenance, and other key tasks that help our wild places. We’re guided in this work by our wild land management standards.
The Trust gives wild land a voice. Following Muir’s example, we defend wild land when it comes under threat and we campaign for its long-term legal protection.”
You can find out more here.
It often feels that as individuals we can have little or no influence on public policy or conservation. Supporting organisations like the JMT is one way individuals can band together to have an impact. The JMT is a charity and needs our support. If you’d like to join, then the membership page has the relevant details.