Sustainable Harvest International: Farming Change in Central America

What do YOU look for when choosing a non-profit organization to support?

I look for an organization that actually has a goal of putting themselves out of work by creating and implementing a program that meets the needs of the people and the environment they are trying to serve.

“SHI is a charity well worth supporting because its mission isn’t charity at all — it’s empowerment.” – SHI supporter and volunteer.

It is important to me that the people receiving the assistance have ownership of the program and the decision-making power over what happens to their families and businesses.

Sustainable Harvest International (SHI) is one organization that has an extremely sustainable business model and that’s attractive to someone who really values local empowerment, sustainable practices and creative solutions.

In The Beginning

SHI was founded by Florence Reed in 1997. SHI works to provide farmers with sustainable alternatives to current slash-and-burn agricultural practices and addresses the tropical Read more…

Nike: Working Towards a Better World

Sports have always been an important part of my life.

Whether it’s basketball, baseball, tennis, football, swimming, running or soccer, I’ve always been involved in sports in some aspect or the other.

Playing sports has kept me fit and out of trouble. It’s taught me individual (strength, perseverance) & team (interpersonal, collaboration) skills.

Most importantly, sports have taught me responsibility.

My actions (big or small), always have an impact on myself, teammates and the game. By being accountable, it’s forced me to always strive to become better.

Better World

Nike is a brand that’s synonymous with sports.

Seek high performance in any sport, and you’ll find a Nike product that is specifically designed to help you do better.

In recent years however, Nike has opened up its “better” focus towards positively impacting society, and the environment.

Earlier this year, Nike launched its corporate responsibility micro-site “Nike: Better World” with one mission: Make the world better through sport.

Start of by Read more…

350.org’s battle against climate change

Quick fact: The Earth is heating up.

Thanks to the increase of greenhouse gases, the burning of fossil fuels and continuing deforestation, we are faced with the crisis that is Global Warming. With the rapidly melting polar ice caps and rising water levels, I felt like our future on this planet was a grim one.

Then I stumbled upon 350.org. And I was inspired.

350.org is a worldwide campaign aimed at inspiring us to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis, create a sense of urgency and thus produce a new possibility for our planet. It was founded by Bill McKibben (an American environmentalist and writer) and a team of seven friends from Middlebury College in Vermont, USA.

Why 350? According to science, up until 200 years ago, our atmosphere contained 275 million parts per million of carbon dioxide (CO2). Once we began burning coal and gas to produce energy that number continued Read more…

MyClimate – Protecting Our Planet

Imagine everything you do in a day.

Now, try to imagine how much CO2 is emitted in the process. It’s hard to envision, right? Now, consider these facts:

Lighting makes up between 5-10% of a household’s energy consumption in Canada
Car emissions account for 30% of Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions with the average car releasing 5 TONS of C02 on a yearly basis
Four-wheel drive increases fuel consumption by 5-10% that of two-wheel drive
Every Canadian emits an average of 21.9 tons per year – that’s the equivalent of roughly two school buses!

So, how do you avoid using things like transportation, lighta, and other household appliances? The truth of the matter is, while you can make conscious decisions to use less, some carbon emitting activities can’t be easily eliminated from our day.

Myclimate is a non-profit Swiss foundation that recognizes this dilemma and offers a solution: buying carbon offsets. A carbon offset is a monetary Read more…

Earth Day Network & Earth Day Canada: Making Earth Day Every Day

I want you to act out.

I promise you won’t get in trouble. I can also promise you won’t be the only one. In fact you will be joining hundreds of millions of people in 184 countries around the world.

I’m talking about a global movement known simply as Earth Day.

It was created in 1970 by a U.S. Senator, after he witnessed the devastation of the 1969 California oil spill. He wanted to leverage the emerging awareness of air and water pollution and combine it with the social energy created by the anti-war movement to force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. And so on the 22nd of April, 1970, 20 million Americans participated in massive coast-to-coast rallies to bring attention to conversation and force political leaders to listen to their concerns.

And it worked.

The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Read more…

UNICEF: Getting Children Climate Ready

What does climate change mean to you? In the UK it often feels like a series of scientific debates and middle class people wondering if we’ll have a thriving wine industry in 30 years.

For many children in the developing world, though, it means destruction, death, poverty and no chance to go to school. Climate change is happening now and it is the most vulnerable children in countries not responsible for messing with our climate that are paying the price.

UNICEF – Climate kid shows you how children will have to adapt if we do nothing.

The World’s governments know all about the challenge of climate change. At the Copenhagen climate conference in 2009 developed countries promised to raise an extra $100 billion a year by 2020 for developing countries for climate change. This money is to be evenly split between trying to prevent further rises in global temperatures and helping to adapt Read more…

GreenTally: Eating Green, Literally!

New revolutionary eco-friendly dinnerware – Made from leaves and water. That is it!

Did you know?

40 billion plastic utensils are used every year in the USA alone
730 thousand tons of styrofoam and plastic plates and cups (710 thousand tons were styrofoam)
73 billion mostly styrofoam cups and plates being thrown away every year in USA
64 billion paper cups and plates being thrown away every year in USA
Styrofoam- More than 5,000 years to decompose!

How can we enable people to make small changes to their day to day life?

This is was the driving force behind GreenTally

We have developed 100% Biodegradable and Compostable dinnerware including plates, bowls, serving plates, utensils etc.  We realize that there are many choices when it comes to biodegradable and compostable products. We feel that our products are unique such that they are made from fallen leaves. No trees are ever cut down.

As part of natural process, sheaths from palm trees Read more…

‘Green’ Lessons for Arizona Businesses

Minnesota is kicking our butt.

No, I’m not talking ice hockey or the fact that they have 10,000 lakes – yes, it’s not just their state motto. Rather, I’m talking about their killer support for their environment – hey, they have 10,000 lakes to keep pristine remember?

But seriously, Minnesota is leaving many of us far behind in the dust when it comes to supporting the environment through workplace giving. What’s that you ask? Workplace giving is just that – where employees in companies, cities, counties, universities, or any organization can give to charities through their workplace, usually via payroll deduction.

For decades, the United Way has been the biggest player on the block. But more recently, other groups, called federations, have joined in looking for an equal piece of the workplace giving pie, representing other nonprofit sectors including the environment.

EarthShare is the granddaddy of environmental federations and has 19 state affiliates across Read more…