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[1THING] Blog: Archive for December, 2011

[ Resolutions to improve you & your world ]

5 resolutions to improve you & the environment.

It’s that special time when a multitude of resolution lists get published and we start thinking about all the ways we intend to commit to improving ourselves in the new year. But we share one main goal: changing things in our lives to make this year better than the last one. Why not make sure the changes we make have a positive environmental impact, too? As the European Commissioner for the Environment put it, “A healthy environment is the foundation of our prosperity and of our quality of life.”

We kept it simple for you — here are some of the most common new year’s resolutions, along with resources from EarthShare member charities to help you accomplish them in the greenest way possible!

  1. “I resolve to eat healthier.”
    One of the easiest ways to eat well is to replace processed foods with whole foods. Farmers-marketTips: only shop the outskirts of the chain supermarkets (most processed foods live in the center aisles), and try to visit your local farmer’s market as often as you can. Eating fresh, locally grown produce can help trim your waistline and reduce your food’s carbon footprint by reducing the time and distance your food travels. The average fruit or vegetable travels more than 1,500 miles to get from its origin to your plate!

    EarthShare member organization American Farmland Trust works to protect the nation’s farm and ranch lands, keeping them healthy and improving the economic viability of agriculture. Their website features great resources about American agriculture as well as how to find a farmer’s market near you.

  2. “I resolve to lose weight and get in shape.”
    You know exercise should be a part of your daily routine, especially if you’re trying to drop a few pounds. Millions of Americans resolve to lose weight each year and invest money in expensive equipment or gym memberships. If that didn’t work out for you last year, mix it up and take your exercise outdoors!

    Explore the world outside your door and get your heart rate up while you’re at it. Thousands of miles of “rail-trails” — abandoned railroad tracks that have been converted to biking and walking trails — crisscross the country, thanks to our friends at the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy. Find a rail-trail near you, then upload pictures of your family exploring your local trail via TrailLink.com – maybe you’ll inspire someone else to take a hike!

  3. “I resolve to spend more quality time with my family and loved ones.”
    How to get the whole family involved in an active, healthy lifestyle? Take the kids outside with you! National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) Wildlife Watch inspires kids to get out of the house and offers fun, informative activities for you and your family to do together. How about committing to NWF’s Green Hour as a family resolution? The Green Hour campaign’s success has helped seed a national movement to help all American children reap the benefits of outside play. NWF’s parent’s guide also helps inspire fresh ideas for connecting with the great outdoors.

  4. “I resolve to manage my money and spend less.”
    Many of us are guilty of buying or having too much, especially after the holidays. Learn how to live with a little less with help from the Center for a New American Dream (CNAD). Resolving to buy less can help your family better evaluate purchases and save money in this tough economy. CNAD’s Conscious Consumer Marketplace can also guide you on purchasing everything from chocolate to diapers in a financially and environmentally responsible way.

  5. “I resolve to give back.”
    Whether you’d like to give the gift of your time or money, it’s been proven that giving back makes you feel happier and more connected to your community. If supporting a healthy environment is important to you, consider asking your employer to offer the EarthShare @ Work giving program in 2012. Why?

    Workplace giving lets you and your co-workers donate just a few dollars per paycheck to causes you care about – it’s easy and painless. Workplace giving magnifies the power of charitable giving because it gives you and all of your co-workers a convenient, effective way to give back. And donations through workplace giving enable EarthShare’s member organizations to spend less time fundraising and more time working toward a healthier environment! Let us help you get started.

    Prefer a hands-on opportunity? Visit our online Volunteer Calendar or the EarthShare affiliate in your state to check out local volunteer opportunities in your region.

Thank you for your support.

If you missed the December 31st deadline to make a tax-deductible year-end donation, start the new year off right by planning your giving now. Our Smart Giving Tip: Consider setting up a small monthly recurring donation. Our site offers a convenient one-click set-up, you won’t need to remember to come back, and it lets you divide up a larger gift over time. Find out how easy it is!

We’re so grateful for the generosity of each and every EarthShare donor, whether you choose to give at work or online. Every dollar helps support America’s most respected environmental charities and the important work they do to make this planet a better place for all of us. Now that makes for a happy new year!

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[ The perfect gift? A healthy environment. ]

The perfect gift? A healthy environment.

As a friend of EarthShare, you understand how important it is to take responsibility for the health of our planet. From the air we breathe and the food we eat, to the natural resources we count on to fuel our cars and light our homes, we all rely on our planet to support our way of life.

That’s why we’re so grateful for people like you who help EarthShare and its member charities continue to protect all of it.

In the past year alone EarthShare donors helped us fund critical restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico; prepare thousands of young people for conservation careers; fight to protect clean air, water and food standards essential for healthy living; conserve millions of acres of land across North America and around the world — and the list goes on!

It’s pretty amazing to see what can be accomplished when America’s most respected environmental and conservation organizations come together, giving you one simple, effective way to care for all aspects of our natural world.

Please consider making One Gift right now that will protect your health and our air, land, water and wildlife all year long!

Yes, I want to give


Becoming a monthly contributor is an easy and automatic way to give, and your small monthly gifts add up to big support for the things you care about!

It’s a wonderful world — please help us continue to care for it in 2012 by taking a few seconds to set up your own small monthly gift. You’ll be joining our most loyal supporters in ensuring a healthier, more sustainable world for you and your family.

Thanks from all of us at EarthShare, and happy, healthy holidays!

Kal Stein
President & CEO, EarthShare

P.S. Please consider how your monthly gift through EarthShare can grow – just $10 per month becomes an annual donation of $120 and helps organizations that protect your family all year long!

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[ Why I Give to EarthShare – For Zach ]

Why I give to EarthShare: For Zach

My son was three when breathing became a problem for him. His first attack happened many summers ago during one of our afternoon visits to the community playground. Zach was officially diagnosed with childhood asthma pretty soon after that, and I had to learn about managing his condition quickly.

Zach_winter_smI found out that kids are more strongly affected by air pollution because their lungs and bodies are still developing, and suddenly I really got it: air quality is very much a personal health issue, and having clean air means taking care of the environment. While I was doing all I could to care for Zach's condition, I wanted to do more.

That's why I'm so glad I found EarthShare. I'm a working mom and there's just no time in my schedule to volunteer or become an activist for the causes I believe in. EarthShare gives me an easy and effective way to protect my family by supporting what I care about with a monthly gift.

Would you consider setting up a small monthly donation right now that will help protect your family's health?

Yes, I want to give

With just one gift through EarthShare, you and I can help charities that fight for higher air quality standards, build community playgrounds and parks, and so much more. EarthShare's option to set up a monthly recurring donation means I don't have to remember to renew my gift, which is perfect for me. I can even give a little more since my donations are spread out over a longer period of time!

Please take a minute to think about what matters most to you in this world. If you're like me, you'll realize they all depend on having a healthy environment. Then please take a few seconds to care for those things by setting up your own monthly gift. Each dollar adds up to healthier families and a better quality of life for all of us.

Thanks, from me and Zach!


Mary MacDonald
New York

P.S. Please consider how your monthly gift through EarthShare can grow – just $10 per month becomes an annual donation of $120 and helps organizations that protect your family all year long!

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[ Why I give to EarthShare – the One Gift option ]

Why I give to EarthShare: the One Gift option

Would you consider making one gift this holiday season if you knew it could help accomplish all these things and more? —

  • More than 14 million acres of vital wildlife habitat were protected worldwide.  
  • Nearly 400,000 volunteers collected more than 6.8 million pounds of trash in 100 countries and 42 U.S. states during just one annual clean up event.
  • More than 199 young women in Tanzania were able to continue their educations through the Lake Tanganyika Catchment Reforestation Program.
  • More than 100 million acres of forest in over 60 different countries were certified, protecting habitat and securing a greener, more prosperous future for the small landowners who count on them for their livelihood.
  • Nearly 4,000 talented young conservation leaders were put to work in parks, deserts, wetlands, and communities across America. They restored miles of trail, eradicated tons of invasive plants, restored native habitats, protected beaches, performed ground-breaking scientific research, and educated thousands about why conservation matters.


These are just some of the achievements made possible by people like you! As we enter the season of celebration and giving, I invite you to join me in making a year-end gift to help EarthShare’s charities continue changing the world for the better!

Only EarthShare lets us support all conservation and environmental causes with just one donation. Our gift is an investment in our natural resources and quality of life, and EarthShare and its member charities have worked hard for more than 20 years to maximize our return on that investment.

What we’ve already achieved together is amazing, but our investment is needed now to ensure that these successes continue. Please consider giving a little back to the Earth. You can make a secure online donation right now.

Please help make our planet healthier and more sustainable 2012 by showing your support today. Thank you so much, and best wishes for a healthy and happy holiday season!

Mary O'Connor
EarthShare Board Director and Donor

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