Today we need everyone to lend a hand and help our precious Earth (actually, it needs and deserves our help everyday). Let’s all come together to make a difference on this special day – Earth Day!
If your in need of a way to make a difference today I’ve made it easy. You can donate your time or money to any of these 6 charities. Each of these charities shares one common factor: a commitment to protecting the environment and promoting green living..
With your involvement we can help change the world one step at a time.
Friends of the Earth is an organization dedicated to making and promoting green living. A grassroots organization, they fight to keep dangerous technologies and chemicals out of the food we eat. They protect marine ecosystems and lobby government officials to work on developing green energy alternatives. In the last forty years, they have stopped the building of over 150 dams and water projects in many countries around the world. You can spend time volunteering with the organization by becoming involved in their on-line actions or through events in your community.
The Conservation Fundis a non-profit dedicated to keeping our earth green, with most of their energy focused on conserving our nations ecosystems. They seek to improve rural lands in order to benefit society as a whole. They believe that better air and water quality make for a healthier environment for animals and people. One of the tools on their website allows you to calculate your carbon output and buy trees to offset it.
Greenpeace, started in 1971 is a famous environmental organization that seeks to reduce air pollution, eliminate toxic chemicals, get rid of nuclear warheads, protect forests, and promote sustainable agriculture. The organization also offers internships for those who want to take their environmental activism a step further. In celebration of Earth Day, Slacker and Greenpeace launched a new station entitled Going Green with Greenpeace. The station will play music from some of the world’s most environmentally friendly and active artists.
Surfrider (one of Jason Mraz’s favorite charities) was started by 3 surfers in Malibu California when they rewalized their favorite wave, First Point, was about to be destroyed. They organized and worked with the local municipalities until they were satisfied that their efforts to preserve that iconic wave would be successful. Their mission is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. They are currently working and saving waves in 18 countries around the world.
National Resources Defense Council is one of the nation’s most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.3 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals. The New York Times has dubbed them “One of the nation’s most powerful environmental groups.” Their staff and volunteers work with businsesses, elected leaders, and community groups on some of the biggest environmental issues we face today.
Pole Pole Foundation, founded in 1992, involves the local communities in the long-term protection and conservation of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park in the D R Congo, and its Graueri gorillas. KBNP strives to reduce human pressures on the natural resources of this park while improving the quality of life in the surrounding communities. The local communities have a saying “Empty stomach got no ears”, which simple means when people are in an economic hardship, they won’t listen to you. To prevent the people from entering the park for illegal activities, POPOF provides people with job training and raises awareness among the people about the importance of the natural resources of the park.
Make a difference and donate today (I did) and volunteer where ever and whenever you can. We only have ONE Earth, it deserves our protection!!