Giving Tuesday roundup
It’s Giving Tuesday, an annual event that kicks off the holiday season and gets in the spirit by encouraging donations to charities in your neighborhood and around the world.
Today, we’ll be donating 10 percent of our Kickstarter pledges for PlantSnap to an organization that does double duty: Trees for the Future, which helps families in developing countries switch from environmentally destructive agriculture to “Forest Gardens” that help the planet and turn a profit.
With the Trees for the Future program, farmers learn how to use tree borders on their land as pest control and to stop erosion. They also begin planting a variety of fruit trees and rotating vegetable crops to create a sustainable, land-friendly farming cycle that feeds their families and gives them crops to sell.
Crop diversification offers families a steadier and often larger income, as well as more nutritious meals. And the sustainable farming methods Trees for the Future families use help prevent the need for harsh pesticides and overuse of fertilizer.
Here are five other Earth-friendly organizations participating in Giving Tuesday:
- The Nature Conservancy: The Nature Conservancy works around the world to conserve natural places. A matching fund doubles all donations on Giving Tuesday only.
- Montana Wildlife Federation: The MWF works to preserve habitat and use science-based land and wildlife management to preserve fish and wildlife in Big Sky Country.
- Pacific Marine Mammal Center: The center works to rescue and rehabilitate injured and ill seals and sea lions, along with the occasional small whale or dolphin in need.
- charity: water: The nonprofit works with communities that don’t have access to clean water to create a sustainable system – whether a well, a filtration system or rainwater collection – to provide residents with safe drinking water.
- NatureReach: Based in Southlake, Texas, NatureReach brings hands-on science activities and programs about nature and the environment to schools, youth groups, afterschool programs and homeschoolers.
If you like our stories and you love the Earth, consider donating to our campaign. We are encouraging the world to #smelltheflowers with our new app, PlantSnap. This intuitive tool helps you identify plants so you can better understand your surroundings. Our Kickstarter is live now.