You probably find yourself constantly asking how you can help our planet and become problem solvers of the most challenging times. Beyond your consumer habits, one effective way to help achieve a more sustainable future is to support environmental organizations tackling various environmental and social issues.
From reforestation to ocean conservation and from climate justice to water crisis, numerous great organizations are doing impressive work. However, we highlight 10 organizations, grouped in 4 categories, you can contribute for a better planet, as an individual or as a business.
Reforestation & Nature Conservation
Ecologi – planting trees and offsetting your carbon footprint.
Ecologi is a platform contributing to tackling the climate crisis through tree planting and climate crisis solutions funding. Partnering with The Eden Reforestation projects and supporting greenhouse gases removing actions, Ecologi helps you compensate for your carbon footprint and contribute to keeping our temperatures from rising above 1.5c.
As an individual, you can remove CO2 from the atmosphere, grow your own forest and create a massive impact through gifts. As a business, you can contribute monthly per employee to have a climate-positive workforce.
Rainforest Alliance – protecting rainforests.
Present in 70 countries, Rainforest Alliance is a non-profit organization working to conserve biodiversity and building alliances to create a better future for people and the planet. Transforming land-use practices through its certification program, this alliance works hard to protect forests, improve the farmer’s conditions and forest communities, promote their human rights and help them mitigate the climate crisis.
You or your company can support this organization in 3 ways: monthly giving, one-time giving, or canopy associates. This is a good way to be part of the solution to protect rainforest, biodiversity and tackle climate change.
1% for the Planet – accelerating smart environmental giving.
1% for the planet is a global network of companies, non-profits and individuals committed to tackle the most pressing environmental issues and contribute to a healthier planet.
On a mission to accelerate smart environmental giving, this organization ensures that all the dollars donated revert to trusted non-profits working on nature conservation, ocean cleanups, reforestation and other environmental efforts.
You can become an individual member and return 1% of your salary to this organization. Or you can join as a business and commit one per cent of your company profits towards environmental actions.
The Nature Conservancy – protecting lands and waters.
The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit committed to creating a thriving world for people and nature. Founded in 1951, this organization works with over 400 scientists and operates in 72 countries to protect important territories, lands, rivers, and marine ecosystems.
Either you can donate, join the membership program or plan a gift to keep nature healthy for years to come.
Oceana – restoring the world’s ocean.
Dedicated to protecting and restoring the world’s ocean, Oceana is a nonprofit organization created in 1999 after knowing only 0,5% of all resources were spent on advocacy by environmental nonprofit groups in the United States. Emphasizing that less than 4% of the ocean remains unaffected by human activity, Oceana states 4 main problems :
- Overfishing that is threatening ocean ecosystems and livelihoods;
- Pollution and contamination because of mercury, antibiotics, oil and climate-changing gases;
- Squandering potential sources of food.
- Trashing marine wildlife and special places.
Until now, Oceana has successfully protected more than 4.5 million square miles of ocean.
Make a donation, add your voice and contribute to the Oceana Visions: make our oceans rich, healthy and abundant as they once were.
Resea Project – removing plastic from the ocean.
On a mission to achieve a plastic-free ocean. That’s Resea Project, a cleanup solution that creates incentives for businesses to be part of cleaning the world’s oceans, supports local communities and benefits from the commitment.
For every 8€, the Resea Project removes 1kg of plastic in Indonesia Rivers and supports the local communities for a better life. You can take action by being an ocean and rivers cleaning partner and remove the plastic for each product sold.
Project Drawdown – leading resources for climate solutions.
Project Drawdown was created with the mission to help the world reach “Drawdown” – the point in the future when the greenhouse gases levels stop climbing and start to steadily decline – stopping the catastrophic climate change.
This nonprofit organization is working with scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs and advocates from all over the world, by showing already available solutions to tackle climate change. The organization now focuses on supporting initiatives that implement effective tools identified from its research and educates people worldwide.
You can get involved by making a donation to support the world’s leading resources for climate solutions.
350.org – reducing carbon emissions.
Founded in 2017, 350.org was born to fight the fossil fuel industry, combat climate change and build a clean energy future. As the CO2 in our atmosphere sits at 400 parts per million, this international movement aims to reduce the atmospheric carbon dioxide to the safe level of 350 parts per million.
Present in over 180 countries, 350.org makes collective public action to oppose fossil fuels projects, support clean energy, demands to limit carbon emissions, and take money from the companies who are heating up the planet.
Donate here to give back or get involved to help them build a future that’s just, prosperous, equitable and safe from the effects of the climate crisis.
Friends of the Earth – fighting for sustainable and just societies.
Campaigning on today’s most urgent environmental and social issues, Friends of the Earth is an environmental network that unites 73 national member groups and 5000 local activist groups on every continent.
From Human rights defenders to forest and biodiversity actions, from economic justice to gender justice campaigns, Friend of the Earth challenges the current economic model and promotes solutions to create environmentally sustainable and socially just societies.
Contribute to any country and help achieve a peaceful and sustainable world based on societies living in harmony with nature.
Water.org – ensuring safe water and sanitation
Water.org is a global nonprofit organization that helps people gain access to clean water and sanitation. Aiming to make it safe, accessible and cost-effective, Water.org teaches people and guides local micro-finance institutions to make loans for providing access to water and turn poverty into possibility.
Founded by Matt Damon and Gary While, this organization already empowered more than 36 million people with safe water and sanitation in 13 countries (Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America).
Your gift can change a life with safe water. Water.org shares several ways you can contribute to fighting the water crisis as an individual or as a business to make your company socially responsible.
Make a positive impact with your contribution.
For example, you can give 1% of your profits to conserve nature or clean the oceans with each product sold. You can turn your workforce climate positive by supporting planting trees in the name of your team or company or carbon offset projects. You can fight for climate justice or provide safe water access to remote places. You and your business have the power to contribute to a better planet. Select one of these options, every day is a good day to give back to the planet.
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