It’s easy to get inspired by all the things happening here at National Geographic headquarters. I typically get blown away at least once a day by someone’s research project, photography, or marvelous storytelling. But I have to admit that when I heard about a new project over a year ago from our Maps Division I got particularly excited. It’s the just-launched Global Action Atlas, and it embodies our mission of “inspiring people to care about the planet” in so many invaluable ways. Most importantly, it’s a simple way to turn inspiration into action.
The Global Action Atlas, now it its beta stages, is an online, map-driven database that enables people to connect to and help support organizations working on hundreds of projects around the world. Through a partnership with Global Giving, National Geographic has added over 60 organizations and 250 projects so far, and organized them into six categories: Conservation, Humanitarian, Cultures, Exploration, Climate Change, and Energy. Drill down within those categories to find specific projects focused on your interest, from empowering women to saving endangered languages to promoting responsible forest management. You can also search for projects by using the Action Map, which uses different symbols to identify the various project categories. On each project’s page, in addition to photos, videos, and blogs, you’ll see a bright yellow “Take Action” box, and beneath that you’ll find various ways to act, from making a donation, to taking a DNA swab, to taking a volunteer vacation through a mission travel-based program.
We realize that this last option is of particular interest to our
readers, who are always telling us they’re looking for volunteer
vacation opportunities. You can find a full list of project
opportunities on the site, ranging from exploring Icelandic glaciers with EarthWatch Institute to saving marine turtles in Turkey with Volunteers for International Partnerships.
also know that many of our readers work for organizations who
are running these programs. As I sat down with my colleague Frank
Biasi, who helped create the site, to get an online tour, he explained
organizations can nominate themselves to become members, and if
selected, can upload and manage their project with a simple content
What’s particularly of use is that organizations can quickly respond to
urgent needs around the world; recent projects that have been created
They are just beginning to build the Mission Travel
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section, so if you’re interested in adding your nonprofit project to that section of the Atlas (or any other section, for that matter) visit the
our pal Ford Cochran, with National Geographic Missions, did with Allen
Carroll, National Geographic’s chief cartographer, who’s spearheading the
Congratulations to Allen Carroll, Frank Biasi, and the entire National Geographic Maps Division for the launch!