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Giving Tuesday for the Environment

Giving Tuesday for the Environment

 

Coastal reserve and marine sanctuary (credit: Riled Up Journal)

 

Perhaps you are tired of 'Black Fridays' and 'Cyber Mondays' and would like to find another way to make a contribution that really makes a difference. Consider donating to a conservation or science-based organization working year-round to protect the natural world on Giving Tuesday.

Environmental issues are large, small, and everywhere. Efforts range from: air and water pollution; wildlife studies and landscape protection; marine conservation; reforestation and ecological restoration; to creating resilience from climate change impacts. Many worthy organizations exist but here are three examples where any donation made goes directly to support active projects:

1. Mission Blue, founded by oceanographer and National Geographic Society explorer Sylvia Earle, has the goal to "ignite public support for the protection of Hope Spots—special places that are vital to the health of the ocean, the blue heart of our planet."  One of their immediate aims is to significantly increase the number of "marine protected zones" around the world. The organization their discoveries from a network of oceanic researchers to the public through films, social and traditional media, and innovative technology. You can donate to help Mission Blue here.

2. The Conservation Alliance is a premiere environmental group initiated by leaders from the US outdoor industry. TCA aims to protect wildlands throughout North America through on-the-ground conservation projects. Since the Organization's founding in 1989, the Alliance has supported projects with individual project grants from Arctic Alaska to Baja California and everywhere in between. At last count, their efforts have resulted in protecting over 70,000,000 acres of wild landscapes for future outdoor enjoyment and environmental purposes. Their continuing work can supported with a donation here.

3. Save Our Shores has made it their mission to care for the marine environment through ocean awareness, advocacy, and individual action along California's Monterey Bay coastal region. The volunteer organization has: the prevented oil drilling along offshore waters; helped to establish the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, prevented pollution from tourist cruise ships; and developed community solutions to local marine issues. The educational focus of SOS teaches students about watersheds, ocean and river pollution; advocates for plastic-free communities; and manages an annual Coastal Cleanup Day. You can assist these initiatives with your support here.

Nature protection requires far longer attention than simply a one-day event or donation. You should consider supporting their projects on a sustaining basis.

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