1. Learn as much as you can about the situation. It is important to learn the facts. Do a little research. Read about all sides of the story. We can learn much from those we don't agree with.
2. Talk to people about what you are passionate about in a respectful knowledgeable manner. If you have learned an interesting fact about wolves, bring it up with your friends or family. Talking about it makes others aware.
3. You might choose to find an organization to support. Make sure that you read up on the organization first. Make sure you agree with what they are saying and doing. I am not going to list any organizations here because each individual needs to do the research and determine which organizations they can stand behind.
4. Do things to limit your impact on the environment. Even if you don't live in an area where wolves live, do the things that protect the environment. Recycle, reduce your waste, walk if you can, turn off the lights when you leave a room. Even the little things. One of the nice things about doing these things is that if someone asks you why, you could explain that you are passionate about protecting wolves and every little bit helps.
5. Volunteer. There may not be wolves or a wolf sanctuary near by that you could volunteer at, but find other places to volunteer. Maybe there is a park clean up in your neighborhood you could help at or a nature center.
6. Include a tag phrase in your signature for other forums and e-mails that makes people want to ask you more about it.
7. Make a web site that educates people about wolves and makes people aware.
Here are a couple of web sites I recently ran across that discuss teen activism. I have not looked thoroughly through them, but they seem like nice sites.
Again, please learn about the whole situation before being too much of an activist. You want to get your facts straight and be credible.
A few sites with information regarding wolf management and de-listing:
CLBaileyi wrote:With all of the conversation going on in the forum about wolf de-listing, all of the confusion and questions about "what does it mean and what is the state or tribe REALLY going to do to manage wolves" and other things, I thought I would share the following websites, from the states themselves, and let you decide an opinion on the facts.
I know it is alot of information to try and read, but I hope it helps clear up the role of the states and tribes regarding wolf management and how it may impact re-listing by USFWS if the population falls below the recovery goal level.
http://www.westyellowstonenews.com/arti ... olumn3.txt
Idaho- http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/wildli ... gePlan.pdf
http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/wildli ... naging.cfm
Wyoming - http://gf.state.wy.us/downloads/pdf/wol ... -28-08.pdf
http://gf.state.wy.us/services/educatio ... /index.asp
I think it is also important to remind people of the de-listing article by IWC on their website as well. The WQ team is striving to provide information to everyone-not to stop discussions or allow you the ability to share your opinion. It is one of the reasons we feel the forum is so exciting and so successful.
I hope you continue to share your opinion-disagree or agree with the statements-I won't take it personal.