Things to Do in Atlanta When You're a Tree Hugger


“The Earth is not dying — it is being killed. And the people who are killing it, have names and addresses.”

— Utah Phillips

Those who stand up for what they believe in are true heroes, and when it comes to the environment, there's no time like the present to speak up and, more importantly, take positive action.

A tree hugger is someone who is a true advocate for the woodlands — can you relate?

You cannot force this level of passion on anyone, but if you are one of the many who naturally feel a sense of responsibility, then you may feel obligated to take action. In doing so, you can make a real impact, and more importantly, inspire others to do the same.

Ready to get involved, increasing your own awareness while educating others?

If so, here's how to do so in the great city of Atlanta.

Step Up to the Environmental Plate in Atlanta

Giving back comes in many forms. Many think that a donation is where their role begins and ends, but others, much like yourself, would like to get more involved. Outside of monetary assistance, you can volunteer your time through fundraisers, volunteer work, online petitions and even public speaking.

Here are a few ideas to get you started in your area. Once you become more actively involved, more opportunities will likely present themselves. As you meet more like-minded people, they will guide you toward greater objectives, all with a common goal — to help the environment.

  • For starters, be sure to check out Trees Atlanta. Protecting Atlanta's urban forests, this organization works toward not only conservation but also education. Over the past 30 years, its volunteers have planted over 113,000 trees and counting. There are a wide range of programs and opportunities to be a doer — volunteer today.


  • Hands on Atlanta has been helping individuals, families, and Atlanta-based communities, by working with over 400 nonprofit groups. This organization actually works with Trees Atlanta, as well as many other organizations and charities. Whether you want to help clean up your local park or help repurpose construction materials to divert waste from landfills, there are a number of opportunities available.


  • EarthShare Georgia is a great place to start, as it connects individuals to nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to conserving and protecting our land, air and water. There are also special opportunities for Earth Day each year, in addition to volunteer services.


  • Chattahoochee Riverkeeper offers exciting opportunities within Atlanta, to help protect and restore the Chattahoochee River. This source is imperative to nearly four million people for drinking water, in addition to local ecosystems. Whether you are a student or policy maker, this is a great opportunity to get involved.

So, whether you're interested in learning sustainable farming techniques through Georgia Organics or in taking part in Emory University's sustainability initiatives, there are many ways to show you care. Better yet, there are many ways to make a positive impact — both within your local community and afar.

Want to stay up to date, continually finding new ways to help out? If so, Be a Doer will help you do just that. We believe that everyone plays a role, and when you rally enough people together, the impact can be astonishing. Join the movement; get involved today!