Giving to Environmental Causes

Looking for a way to curb over consumption associated with this time of year? Consider the alternative – support a favourite charity or cause in your loved ones name.

Here are six worthy causes:

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)... Adopt a Polar Bear

When you visit the WWF site, you’ll discover how to give a gift that will help protect the future of nature. Your symbolic adoption supports WWF's global conservation efforts to protect species at risk and the environment in which they live.

Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC)... Gifts of Nature

Visit the NCC site and find out how you can help to support this private, non-profit organization who works tirelessly to protect Canada’s biodiversity through “the purchase, donation or placing of conservation easements on ecologically significant lands."

The Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance “works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behaviour.” Check out their site to find out how your donation “does more than just protect beautiful landscapes. It safeguards endangered species, mitigates the effects of climate change and ensures sustainable livelihoods for the millions of families that depend on forests.” Get involved and support our planet!

Greenpeace

Now in its 40th year, Greenpeace has grown to become the world’s largest, independent environmental organization and continues its work as a “campaigning organization which uses non-violent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and to force the solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future. Greenpeace's goal is to ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity.”

Check out all the work Greenpeace does to protect and save our planet, and how you can make a donation this holiday season to help make a difference.

The Sierra Club

Another way to contribute to a greener planet, is by joining the Sierra Club. Founded in 1892, the Sierra Club is “America's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Inspired by nature, we are 1.4 million of your friends and neighbours, working together to protect our communities and the planet.” One of their initiatives, Sponsor a Wild Place, offers not only a chance to give “a unique and special gift for someone you love, but gives you the satisfaction of knowing you are helping preserve America's wild legacy long after the gift has been opened.”

WaterCan

Since 1987, WaterCan has been a leading Canadian water charity “dedicated to fighting global poverty by helping the world’s poorest people gain access to clean water, basic sanitation and hygiene education.” Check out their gift possibilities here and see how you can give and help.

Find more at Charity Navigator www.charitynavigator.org.