5 Green Movements You Want To Help
Help CWS build sustainable water businesses in two new regions of Ghana.
Time left to donate: Time's Up! Visit CWS to learn more about how you can help.
Why you should help out: Community Water Solutions is a fairly new company with a simple, critical goal: Empowering women to launch sustainable water businesses. They don't drill wells. Instead, they bring students and young professionals from around the world to Ghana, West Africa. There, they work with the community to build sustainable water treatment centers and train local women to run them. Over the past five years, CWS has launched 49 water businesses in Ghana which empower 98 women entreprenuers. 100% of their businesses are still in operation today.
Hipifying Organic Waste with a Digital Makeover...
Time left to donate: 10 days
Why you should help out: Compostory.com wants to revolutionize the act of recycling. It's not just for plastic, metal and cardboard anymore--organic waste can be re-birthed into an eco-friendly alternative to the piles of waste that grow in mass (and stank) every day. On their campaign page, Compostory says, "In the US, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that diverting organic waste from landfills will avoid 6.3 million metric tons of methane per year in the country, the equivalent of keeping 24 million cars off the road each year!" That's a lot of relief for the environment, and quite frankly for us as well. If you don't think this is worth it, try to remember what it's like when you forget to bring out the trash. I'd give money to make that smell never happen again.
Creating a graphic novel to tell the story of how different the SF Bay Area could have looked had 1950s-70s development schemes been successful
Time left to donate: 20 days
Why you should help: This is a novelty in the green movement. Most actions involve a forward-oriented approach--an attempt to do something now, so that the environment will benefit in the future, not unlike planting the seed of a tree. This campaign is looking backward. Apparently, the San Francisco Bay Area was almost overrun with buildings, highways, nuclear power plants, and high rises. Thanks to the efforts of dedicated activists, it was not. The Bay Area remained as the haven of natural beauty it is today. This campaign hopes to pay tribute to that huge achievement by fully illustrating what the Bay Area could have looked like had no one done anything to protect its environment. It could serve as a reminder to current green movements that their work can succeed and make a huge difference.
Theatre artists break the cycle of use-and-discard consumer goods.
Time left to donate: 15 days
Why you should help: We don't all live in areas where planting a flower in the park, or in a backyard garden is possible. Those in the concrete jungles have a slightly harder time being environmentally conscientious when they're surrounded by, well, concrete. This campaign is driven by the idea that being environmentally responsible is just as important as being a responsible consumer. These "theater artisans" hope to foster this by opening a repair shop where people bring broken items they don't want to throw out. It's a small project that could start a movement that gives relief to the planet and to the economy.
Hitting Home is a multimedia journalistic project to document the lives of people most impacted by extreme energy extraction.
Time left to donate: 24 days
Why you should help: Tara Lohan has been an environmental journalist for 15 years, documenting the way energy is harvested, how communities are affected by those practices and how those communities are reacting. In her video she says most of the stories she hears are depressing, like the woman who wakes up at 4 AM to the clamor of fracking right next door. Lohan's goal is to travel across the country to find and share stories of how the concomitant struggle and outrage of climate change evolves as businesses drill deeper into the ground for energy.