December is a great month for donating to charities because it is the season of giving. Furthermore, Christmas bonuses make giving easier and giving those donations before the end of the year will net you a tax deduction on April 15th. When you are considering your charitable donations this year, do not forget eco-friendly donations. Saving the planet and making it better for future generations is a wonderful way to spend your Christmas bonus, teach your children about green living and help green charities in their efforts to protect the environment. Examples of eco-friendly, green donations include:
Greenpeace – Greenpeace campaigns against environmental problems and advocates solutions for green living. Some environmental issues that Greenpeace is actively pursuing are global warming, nuclear energy, protecting the forests and oceans and sustainable agriculture.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) – The World Wildlife Fund’s mission is the conservation of nature. The WWF has been working for over 45 years to protect nature and is the world’s leading conversation organization. In addition to protecting animals that are under threat of extinction, WWF is also concerned about climate change and how this affects various species. Conservation and green living are core values of the WWF.
Surfrider Foundation – The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection of our oceans. They focus on clean water, beach access, beach preservation and protecting special places. The foundation supports several programs in addition to educating the public and organizing campaigns to promote conservation and protection.
American Forests – For over 135 years, American Forests has worked to educate the world about how important forests are to the planet as ecosystems. As the nation’s oldest nonprofit conservation organization, American Forests works to protect and restore forests and promote a healthier world.
National Audubon Society – The National Audubon Society is dedicated to the conservation and restoration of natural ecosystems. They focus on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats. Combining science, education and political advocacy, the Audubon works to promote green living and sustainable habits.
Rainforest Foundation US – Rainforest Foundation is dedicated to not only preserving the rain forests but also helping the indigenous people living in the rainforests. They believe in a “rights-based forestry” which sets them apart from other rainforest groups. They are currently focusing on securing land rights and natural resources, promoting women’s empowerment, building community leadership and ensuring indigenous participation in climate change initiatives.
The Wilderness Society – The Wilderness Society is dedicated to protecting our nation’s public lands. The goals include making sure that the lands are managed wisely so the natural resources, sources of renewable energy and wildlife will remain in tact for generations. They are involved in issues such as renewable sources of energy, global warming, protecting the forests and keeping the wilderness pristine.