Join a Movement
If you want to protect the environment with others, you can join a cause, an organization, a church, or even a political party. It may be that there is already a group working on behalf of a cause that interests you. This could be either a local group dealing with a very specific issue or an international group that takes on many issues at a time.
There may be a local group that gets together to work on local issues such as land development or animal protection to a very specific area. The group may be working toward building an environmental center or creating educational courses for the community. By joining, you will not only meet other like-minded people, but you will learn a great deal about the politics and activities in the town. It offers the chance to network and may even lead to other activities and endeavors.
Be careful to understand the group's goals and ambitions before joining. A small number of activist groups use illegal tactics in promoting their agendas. It's better to find this out before you end up making a phone call from a holding cell downtown.
Joining a larger organization may allow you to be involved in higher profile causes. You might learn about more complex political issues and the key players, such as political and corporate leaders. Many larger organizations have local groups that get together and work on more local issues and also join in national and international conventions and gatherings. This would give you the opportunity not only to offer your time and services but to learn a great deal as well.
Many churches and religious organizations are now looking toward environmental activism as one of their key roles in the community and on the planet. When looking for a congregation to join, you can ask what the church's stance on the environment is and what tasks they have taken to encourage environmental awareness within and outside the church.
Protecting the environment can be a very political issue. The foundation of the Green Party of the United States is based primarily on environmentalism and social justice. Similarly, the Greens/Green Party USA also promotes sustainability and a balance between people and nature. While these two parties focus primarily on the environment and other social issues, these issues are increasingly becoming a part of the platform of more mainstream political parties. You can consider joining a political organization in your area or volunteering for a candidate who makes the environment an important aspect of his or her campaign.
Throw a House Party
Many political and activist organizations allow members or those thinking of joining to go online and link up with others in the area just by plugging in a zip code. If you want to host a party, invitations can be sent to others in the area. House parties are usually scheduled for common times all over the state or country to coincide with the airing of a television show or an announcement. Moveon.org is probably best known for the house parties they have helped organize. The organization relied heavily on house parties to bring political groups together during the 2004 and 2006 elections.