Who 2 Give 2

By Pennington, Juliet | Vegetarian Times, December 2013 | Go to article overview

Who 2 Give 2


Pennington, Juliet, Vegetarian Times


Our 2013 charity picks f~us on giving back to the planet

Want to get into the true spirit of the holiday season? Take a break from shopping mania, and give the gift of a better future for the planet. Now more than ever, the following five non-profits need your help in advocating for the environment, whether through protecting natural habitats, greening our cities, or saving the birds and bees that pollinate the world's flowering plants. Short on cash? You can get involved by volunteering, following along on social media, and spreading the word to family and friends.

THE POLLINATOR PATHWAY

Mission highlights This Seattle-based project feeds and shelters neighborhood birds, bees, and butterflies along a mile-long corridor of pollinator-friendly gardens in the middle of the city. Small but influential, it serves as a prototype for future pathways around the country.

Why it's urgent One-third of our food supply and at least 75 percent of the world's flowering plants rely on pollinators, whose populations are plummeting due to habitat loss and pesticide use. "There's more to it than honeybee declines," says founder Sarah Bergmann. Native pollinators in our own backyards-such as the oncethriving bumblebee-need our help too.

How your gift helps Buys plants for each new garden and ensures upkeep ($50 maintains one garden for a month).

Get involved Donate garden gear for biannual mulching and planting parties; contact the organization for information and an application to create a Pollinator Pathway in your own community.

Contact pollinatorpathway.com

Mission highlights This environmental watchdog group leads efforts to protect oceans and marine life from ship pollution by pushing for stricter laws and regulations. FOE was instrumental in last year's establishment of the North American Emission Control Area, which prohibits ships from burning dirty bunker fuel within 200 miles of the coast.

Why it's urgent A large cruise ship can discharge 210,000 gallons of sewage weekly into waters near the shore-enough to fill 10 backyard swimming pools. How your gift helps Funds research for the annual Cruise Ship Report Card, which ranks ships on their air- and water-pollution footprints, allowing vacationers to choose a greener cruise.

Get involved Use FOE's Action Toolkits to learn how you can act locally.

Contact: foe. org

THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

Mission highlights Among many other conservation efforts, this non-profit preserves the world's dwindling rain forests by working with indigenous communities and local governments to help manage protected areas and develop sustainable jobs.

Why it's urgent Rain forests are the most biodiverse places on earth, sustaining half of all plant and animal species. If the present rate of destruction continues, 5 to 10 percent of tropical rain forest species will disappear every decade.

How your gift helps Protects the tropical forests and coastal regions of Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, a once-unspoiled jungle now threatened by farming, logging, mining, and tourism ($50 lets you adopt one of 400,000 forested acres). …

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