How Supporting Environmental Groups Can Liven Up Your Home (and Make it Eco-Friendly)
EnviroCitizen.org believes that there are lots of reasons to donate your time and/or money to environmental groups. The most obvious reason is that you are contributing to a cause that is worthy, noble and important. Environmental groups are most often non-profit organizations. The people who work for non-profit organizations don't make a lot of money, they work for those organizations because they truly believe in what they're doing. So, when you donate your money to an environmental group, you're not paying for huge salaries or for lavish banquets. You're paying to get something done!
Donating your money to environmental groups can help you to get your family involved in environmental issues. It's a great way to “put your money where your mouth is” while also teaching your children about the benefits and importance of participating in environmental causes. EnviroCitizen.org knows it can sometimes be difficult to actively support all of the causes we think and talk about. It's up to you to make a difference; donating your time or money is a great way to start!
Many environmental groups offer gifts of appreciation. These gifts are typically eco-friendly, which not only reduces the environmental impact of the organization, but your impact as well! For example, Friends of the Earth International offers organic t-shirts that are made with renewable, green energy technologies like solar and wind power. Many groups will help you “adopt” an animal or some kind of natural space, like an acre of rainforest or a number of trees. This gift in appreciation for your support is another way to help your children to understand the world and gain an appreciation and love for the environment. It is also a great way to get them excited about the support your family is providing.
As wonderful as the financial support is, you have the opportunity to do more than just send an environmental group some money. Donating your time is a great way to bond with your family, help to make a difference and reduce your environmental impact. By going out and volunteering, you can get exercise, teach your children about the importance of volunteering and decrease your carbon footprint. EnviroCitizen.org has found that this is a great way to bring your family closer together. You'll share common experiences that can strengthen your bond as well as create an atmosphere in your home of generosity, humility and teamwork.