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The solutions to our local and global problems lie in action. Not just any action though, well planned and strategic actions. I have been working with nonprofits for over a decade and there are a few defining factors I consider when deciding whether to work with a nonprofit:

Their work focuses on the roots of the problems, with the focus of longterm solution, rather than continuously chopping away at the branches and leaves of the issue will continue to grow. This requires an organization to have a deep understanding of the issue and to work with people with substantial experienced.

They value the resources and funds they have and the funds can go far with them. Many large NGO’s are highly inefficient with their resources and put only a small portion of their funds into the issues they are working to alleviate. I generally choose to work with grassroots movements that can make a difference with a smaller amount of money. In my view a $1,000 donation to a small organization can be the equivalent of giving ten times that amount to a large NGO. Also, working with small movements often allows the money to more easily get directly to the people we are trying to be of service to. There are certainly some very large nonprofits that are highly effective with their money and their service, yet I still generally choose to work with the small to medium sized nonprofits. I do not have large amounts of funding to spread around, so when possible I will generally choose to give to nonprofits that have a very small operating budget, where the funds I provide potentially allow them to accomplish service they would not otherwise have been able to. At the same time, supporting very small grassroots nonprofits often directly supports the activists and people who are doing the service, helping them to continue in their mission. If they aren’t able to meet their basic needs then their important work is not sustainable for them in the long run.

They are operating from a place of integrity. Many nonprofits are based in ego or personal financial gain. I choose to work with organizations that are truly dedicated to be in service to Earth, humanity and our plant and animal relatives. This is generally more easily assured for me by working with smaller organizations that have a multiple year track record or that are run by people who I have a high recommendation from a community of integrity.

I prioritize supporting Black and Indigenous led organizations, especially Black and Indigenous women led organizations. As a whole, these organizations receive a vastly disproportionate lacking of funding, so funds to them can be more impactful. Supporting women-led BIPOC organizations in itself is part of dismantling oppressive and exploitative systems created by the dominator culture. In my experience, many of these nonprofit are most effective at truly being of service to their community.

The organizations represent and work with the people being served. I prefer to work with organizations that are influenced by and take substantial direction and feedback from the people they serve. Without this feedback and direct influence, nonprofits are likely to contribute to the problem, rather than the solution. Especially in underserved and low-income communities, it is important to me that the organization exists within the community, rather than comes from outside of the community.

They take a holistic approach seeing the connections between Earth, humanity and our plant and animal relatives. My belief is that everything is connected. Their is no such thing as an environmental issue that is not a social issue or a social issue that is not an environmental issue. By zooming out and looking at the bigger picture, we can see that it is all connected. I choose to support nonprofits that see that everything is connected and that humans are not separate from Earth, but a part of Earth. That humans are not separate from plants and animals but deeply interconnected with the plants and animals that we share this home with.

 

Nonprofits I Recommend

The main purpose of this page is to direct you to organizations that you can support.

Many of these I have worked with personally. Many of them I have supported through donations, sharing my skills and resources, or sharing their message through my platforms. Many of them are led by humans who are colleagues of mine and some are led by Dear Friends.

For most of the organizations I list, I can first hand say that these are organizations with high integrity. However, I have included some that I do not have personal experience with and have only a trust based on others within the community.

As an activist, I have found it impossible to be educated in and involved in every issue or solution that I would like to be. I have found that attempting to do so spreads myself too thin, rendering me less effective as a servant to Earth. However an effective strategy that I have found is use my platform, the coverage I get from media and my life, to share about the nonprofits who are doing the work. My recommendations ahead are these nonprofits. They know the issues. They know solutions. They are doing the work for Earth, humanity and our plant and animal relatives. Many of them are of service to the communities that are most underrepresented. They speak and act for what I want to see in society and in the world. I will be elated to continue supporting these organizations for the decade ahead.

If you are looking for organizations to support whether via monetary donation or utilizing your skills or basic volunteering, these are some of the ones that I recommend. However, there are thousands of organizations with high integrity on Earth. This list represents just a small selection and is just some of the incredible organizations that I have been fortunate to learn about. There are so many more that I would like to share, but I have chosen to keep the list relatively small. I encourage you to seek out the grassroots organizations in your community – especially Black and Indigenous women-led – that are working on the issues you care dearly about and dedicate your resources to them.

I have primarily kept this list to issues that I am most involved and experienced in. This allows me to recommend organizations that I can be more sure are operating from a high state of integrity. However, I have included some organizations that are involved in issues that I have been minimally involved in. That said, I take a very broad approach to liberation of Earth, humanity and our plant and animal relatives from oppressive, exploitative systems and to moving towards our humanity living in harmony.
I have vowed to donate 100% of my media income to grassroots nonprofits. Read about that here. Since 2020 I focus on supporting Black and Indigenous women-led organizations.

 

Story of Stuff

The Story of Stuff changed my life and largely lead me to the examined life I live today. The Story of Stuff Project’s journey began with a 20-minute online movie about the way we make, use and throw away all the Stuff in our lives. Five years and 40 million views later, they are a community of more than a million change makers worldwide, working to build a more healthy and just planet.
Still today I recommend watching their original videos!

 

North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems

North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NĀTIFS), founded by The Sioux Chef Sean Sherman, is dedicated to addressing the economic and health crises affecting Native communities by re-establishing Native foodways. We imagine a new North American food system that generates wealth and improves health in Native communities through food-related enterprises.

 

Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance and Indigenous Seedkeepers Network

NAFSA is dedicated to restoring, supporting and developing Indigenous food systems through best practices and advocacy that place Indigenous peoples at the center of national, Tribal and local policies and natural resources management to ensure food security and health of all future generations.
Meet the team including Rowen White – Coordinator Indigenous Seed Keepers Network and Founder of Sierra Seeds

 

The Intersectional Environmentalist

IE is committed to developing and improving transparency and reciprocity with our community and partners in an effort to co-create meaningful impact for people + planet. Our commitment to shifting the narrative of environmental storytelling to center diversity and joy will continue to be rooted in the values of the environmental justice movement and our community.

 

Soul Fire Farm

Soul Fire Farm is an Afro-Indigenous centered community farm committed to uprooting racism and seeding sovereignty in the food system. We raise and distribute life-giving food as a means to end food apartheid. With deep reverence for the land and wisdom of our ancestors, we work to reclaim our collective right to belong to the earth and to have agency in the food system. We bring diverse communities together on this healing land to share skills on sustainable agriculture, natural building, spiritual activism, health, and environmental justice. We are training the next generation of activist-farmers and strengthening the movements for food sovereignty and community self-determination.

 

Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust

We act for a future of food and land sovereignty in the Northeast region, through permanent and secure land tenure for Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and Asian farmers who will relate with the land in a sacred manner that honors our ancestors’ dreams – for regenerative farming, sustainable human habitat, ceremony, native ecosystem restoration, climate healing, and cultural preservation.

 

Navdanya

Navdanya means “nine seeds” (symbolizing protection of biological and cultural diversity) and also the “new gift” (for seed as commons, based on the right to save and share seeds. In today’s context of biological and ecological destruction, seed savers are the true givers of seed. This gift or “dana” of Navadhanyas (nine seeds) is the ultimate gift – it is a gift of life, of heritage and continuity. Conserving seed is conserving biodiversity, conserving knowledge of the seed and its utilization, conserving culture, conserving sustainability. Navdanya is a network of seed keepers and organic producers spread across 22 states in India. Navdanya has helped set up 122 community seed banks across the country, trained over 900,000 farmers in seed sovereignty, food sovereignty and sustainable agriculture over the past two decades, and helped setup the largest direct marketing, fair trade organic network in the country. Navdanya is a women centered movement for the protection of biological and cultural diversity.
Founded by Vandana Shiva

 

Indigenous Environmental Network

IEN is an alliance of Indigenous peoples whose mission it is to protect the sacredness of Earth Mother from contamination and exploitation by strengthening, maintaining and respecting Indigenous teachings and natural laws.
Learn more about the network

 

Equal Justice Initiative

The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

 

MOSAIC Fund for Justice

”Organizations courageously working for racial justice and the liberation of all.”
Royalties from The New Jim Crow book are donated to the MOSAIC Fund for Justice.

 

ACLU

The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union — beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.

 

NAACP

NAAP envisions an inclusive community rooted in liberation where all persons can exercise their civil and human rights without discrimination. They are committed to a world without racism where Black people enjoy equitable opportunities in thriving communities.

 

Tiyospaye Winyan Maka

Promoting alternative housing, education, energy, and food sovereignty For Indigenous families.”
Founded by Christinia Elea

 

Winona’s Hemp Farm

Winona’s Hemp and the Anishinaabe Agricultural Institute are working to restore foodways, rematriate seeds, and make a new economy; one based on local food, energy and fiber.”

 

Honor the Earth

Honor the Earth uses indigenous wisdom, music, art, and the media to raise awareness and support for Indigenous Environmental Issues. We leverage this awareness and support to develop financial and political capital for Indigenous struggles for land and life.
Meet the team

 

Rising Hearts

Rising Hearts is an indegenous led grassroots organization commited to the heart work in elevating voices, promoting, and supporting intersectional collaborative efforts across all forms of movements in cultivating community with the goals of racial, social, climate and economic justice.

 

LANDBACK

LANDBACK is a movement that has existed for generations with a long legacy of organizing and sacrifice to get Indigenous lands back into Indigenous hands. Currently, there are LANDBACK battles being fought all across Turtle Island, to the north and the South.

 

NDN Collective

NDN Collective is an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power. Through organizing, activism, philanthropy, grant making, capacity-building and narrative change, they are creating sustainable solutions on Indigenous terms.

 

Rootwork Herbals

Rootwork Herbals is the love, work, and play of community herbalist, amanda david. Rootwork Herbals has evolved organically over the years to include various projects within herbalism that seek to build mutually beneficial relationships between people, plants, and planet.

 

Land Loss Prevention Project

In addition to being a stalwart advocate for farmers facing critical financial challenges that threaten their livelihoods and imperil land tenure within families and communities, the LLPP, through its SmartGrowth Business Center, engages in transactional work, furthering risk management and agricultural business expansion. Services include, for example, counseling a forestland owner on farm conversion and program eligibility, assisting a non-profit addressing food insecurity previously formed by LLPP in requesting tax exemption, and supporting multiple heir property owners seeking entity formation and planning for beneficial use. Technical assistance provided by the LLPP includes successfully assisting farmer groups in accessing agricultural program services as well as funding from a range of sources, advancing sustainability through food production and distribution.

 

National Black Food and Justice Alliance

The National Black Food and Justice Alliance (NBFJA) is a coalition of Black-led organizations aimed at developing Black leadership, supporting Black communities, organizing for Black self-determination, and building institutions for Black food sovereignty & liberation. The Alliance seeks to achieve this by engaging in broad based coalition organizing for Black food and land, increasing visibility of Black-led narratives and work, advancing Black-led visions for just and sustainable communities, and building capacity for self-determination within our local, national, and international food systems and land rights work.

 

Via Campesina

“Unity among peasants, landless, women farmers and rural youth”

 

Makoce Ikikcupi

Makoce Ikikcupi is a project of reparative justice for Dakota land recovery. With settler donations we are restoring integrity to our lands and waters while recovering our connection to our homeland, our ancestors, and our ways.
Luke Black Elk is a Founding Governing Council Member

 

Plum Village

Plum Village, near Bordeaux in southwest France, is the largest international practice center in the Plum Village tradition, and the first monastic community founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) in the West.

 

Dhamma Vipassana

Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion.
Read about my experience with Vipassana here

 

Alianza Ceibo

Alianza Ceibo are indigenous people of four nationalities from the Ecuadorian Amazon – A’i Kofan, Siekopai, Siona, and Waorani – who decided to come together in an alliance to work for our territories and our jungle. There are those who say that we are good at that.
Founded by Nemonte Nenquimo

 

Center for Nonviolent Communication

The Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) is an international nonprofit peacemaking organization that shares Nonviolent Communication around the world. It helps people peacefully and effectively resolve conflicts in personal, organizational, and political settings.
Read about my experience with Nonviolent Communication here

 

Green Belt Movement

The Green Belt Movement (GBM) is an environmental organization that empowers communities, particularly women, to conserve the environment and improve livelihoods. GBM was founded in 1977 under the auspices of the National Council of Women of Kenya (NCWK) to respond to the needs of rural Kenyan women who reported that their streams were drying up, their food supply was less secure, and they had to walk further and further to get firewood for fuel and fencing. GBM encouraged the women to work together to grow seedlings and plant trees to bind the soil, store rainwater, provide food and firewood, and receive a small monetary token for their work.
founded by Wangari Maathai

 

Center for Native Peoples and the Environment

“ESF is one of the nation’s premier colleges focused on the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies, and building a sustainable future. We work to address the Earth’s most pressing problems — and students come here because they want to be part of the solution.”
Founded by Robin Wall Kimmerer

 

Permaculture Action Network

Permaculture Action Network is a continent-wide collective that mobilizes thousands of people to take direct action on regenerative projects with a diversity of groups and organizations. We collaborate with performing artists and cultural events to invite people into hands-on work that regenerates ecosystems and catalyzes the movement for a just transition.

 

Get Out Stay Out / Vamos Afuera

Get Out Stay Out/Vamos Afuera is a grassroots, Central Coast nonprofit, that invites Indigenous Migrant youth to run, play, and discover themselves in the natural environment. Through equitable and culturally sensitive, outdoor programming GOSO believes the natural environment provides the perfect tools needed for youth to build self-confidence, develop leadership skills, and build community.

 

Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation is an award-winning international charity dedicated to planting fruit, nut and medicinal trees to alleviate world hunger, combat global pollution of the environment, strengthen communities, and improve the surrounding air, soil, and water.

 

Northwest Earth Institute

There’s no shortage of information about the serious challenges facing our planet – and although most people say they would like to do more, they don’t know where to start. That’s where we come in.
For 20 years, NWEI has helped make change more possible, more social, and yes, more fun by helping people connect with their communities and take action, together.”
I recommend getting involved in their EcoChallenge. In fall of 2017 over 12,000 people took part in the EcoChallenge, making positive changes in their lives. It’s a fun way to work together to motivate and inspire positive change. I created a team to take part in the 2017 EcoChallenge.

 

WWOOF- World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms

WWOOF is a world wide network of organic farms and growers who are looking for volunteers to work on their land. In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles. By being a part of this organization you can travel the world, gaining infinite education about farming and living off the land without hardly spending a penny on food or lodging!
Learn more about and watch a video on WWOOF here

 

Permaculture Women’s Guild

Permaculture Women’s Guild is cultivating global abundance for a new generation, through interactive education, regenerative leadership, and social systems design. We’re here to build personal and professional connections between women who teach, practice, write about, and live on the permaculture path.
Meet the team

 

RREAL

I was so excited when I learned about the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance. Their simple method of putting solar panels on low income homes provides hugely beneficial environmental and social solutions at once. RREAL is dedicated to making solar energy accessible to communities of all income levels, and has been pioneering the use of solar energy to address fuel poverty throughout the nation. RREAL accomplishes its mission primarily through its Solar Assistance program which provides residential solar energy systems to low-income families on public energy assistance as a lasting, clean and domestic solution to fuel poverty. RREAL’s Solar Assistance program has been an empowering solution to chronic fuel poverty for over ten years, and as an alternative to conventional energy assistance, our existing program has the potential the change the way in which our nation delivers energy assistance in cold climates.

 

Humans Who Grow Food

Humans Who Grow Food features stories of home gardeners, farmers and community gardens across borders and cultures. Our mission is to ignite passion in people for gardening and growing good food and contribute to a greener planet. I encourage you to follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

 

1% for the Planet

1% for the Planet has not only inspired me to use business for good, but also to be a human with integrity. 1% for the Planet is a global network with thousands of businesses and environmental organizations working together to support people and the planet.
One of my top recommendations to anyone who owns a business is to join this movement! It’s absolutely simple and even an absolute great business move both for yourself and the earth.
Watch a video on 1% for the Planet!

 

The Ecology Center (Formerly 1 to 1 Movement)

The 1 to 1 Movement was based out of San Diego and headed up by Jonathan Zaidman, a close colleague of mine during my first five years of transitioning to a more sustainable life. They really get sustainability and are unique in their strategy to affect positive environmental and social change.

 

Falling Fruit

Falling Fruit is an urban harvesting map that brings together community and city datasets from all over the internet. We’re talking about a map that shows you where wild edibles are growing in your community and around the country and where you can add your finds as well. There’s even a dumpster map!

 

Community Cycles

Community Cycles is a bicycle advocacy nonprofit based in Boulder Colorado. I think they are an excellent model for anyone that wants to get more cyclists on the road in their community. I love their Earn-A-Bike program that has gotten over 1,000 low-income friends and neighbors on bikes since 2006!

 

Warm Showers

The Warm Showers Community is a free worldwide hospitality exchange for touring cyclists. I’ve stayed with a few dozen hosts on my bicycle tours across the USA and it has always been a great experience. As a cyclist it is such a wonderful thing to have like minded people around the world who will put you up for the night for no other reason than good company and to be of service to fellow cyclists.

 

Food is Free

Food is Free is a project that I am absolutely elated to be involved with. The Food is Free Project grows community and food, while helping gain independence from a broken agricultural system. The Food is Free Project is a community building and gardening movement that teaches us how to connect with our neighbors and line your street with front yard community gardens which provide free harvests to anyone. I’ve spent time on one of the blocks they transformed and it was unlike any other community I’ve ever been in.
Watch the Story of Food is Free

 

B Lab

B Lab is the organization that certifies businesses as B Corps. B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. B Corps are certified to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today, there is a growing community of more than 1,000 Certified B Corps from 33 countries and over 60 industries working together toward 1 unifying goal: to redefine success in business.
Watch a video on B Lab!

 

Project Drawdown

Founded in 2014, Project Drawdown is a nonprofit organization that seeks to help the world reach “drawdown”—the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline.
Read Project Drawdown by Paul Hawken

 

United Plant Savers

United Plant Savers’ mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come.

 

Fibershed

Fibershed is a non-profit organization that develops equity-focused regional and land regenerating natural fiber and dye systems. Their work expands opportunities to implement climate beneficial agriculture, rebuild regional manufacturing, and connect end-users to the source of their fiber through direct educational offerings.
Read Fibershed: Growing a Movement of Farmers, Fashion Activists, and Makers for a New Textile Economy – Rebecca Burgess

 

Women’s Earth Alliance

Women’s Earth Alliance (WEA) is a 15-year global initiative that trains, resources and catalyzes grassroots women-led efforts to protect our environment and build healthy, safe, and just communities now and into the future.

Food Waste is an issue that I have dedicated much of my time and energy to. With 50 million US Americans being food insecure while we produce enough food to feed nearly two entire US American populations it’s a huge issue for people, the planet and the plants and animals we share our home with. With agriculture being one our most environmentally destructive activities – and on top of that wasting a third of this food produced globally – food waste is one of the most pressing environmental and humanitarian issues of our time. The next six nonprofits all work on food waste and hunger.

 

Feedback

“Feedback is an environmental organization that campaigns to end food waste at every level of the food system. We catalyze action on eliminating food waste globally, working with governments, international institutions, businesses, NGOs, grassroots organizations and the public to change society’s attitude toward wasting food.”
Watch a video on Feedback
Founded by Tristram Stuart. Watch his TEDx here

 

Food Shift

“Food Shift works collaboratively with communities, businesses and governments to develop long-term sustainable solutions to reduce food waste and build more resilient communities. We believe thousands of people can be employed in the recovery, redistribution and processing of excess food. By reducing food waste, we can feed the hungry, create jobs, combat climate change and cultivate more sustainable communities.”

 

Boulder Food Rescue

“Boulder Food Rescue is a non-profit organization whose goal is to create a more just and less wasteful food system. We facilitate the sustainable redistribution of food “waste” to agencies that feed hungry, homeless, and low-income populations while educating communities about food justice. To date, we have saved nearly 750,000 pounds of good food from ending up in landfills and instead redirected it to hungry bellies in the city of Boulder.” One of the things that excites me the most about them is they’ve created a guide on how to start your own bike-powered food rescue.

 

Food Recovery Network

Food Recovery Network is the largest student movement against food waste and hunger in the United States. Students start a chapter at their own school and take the good food that would have been wasted by their cafeteria and donate it to people in need.

 

Feeding America

“Our mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that provides food and services to people each year. Together, we are the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization. Our network serves virtually every community in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico.”

 

The Ron Finley Project

Ron Finley is a rebel with a green thumb. In 2010 Ron set out to fix a problem in his South Central neighborhood parkways; those often neglected dirt patches next to our streets. He planted some vegetables there. Soon after he was cited for gardening without a permit by the apparent owners of those dirt patches: the City of Los Angeles. Queue the beginning of a horticulture revolution.
Watch Ron Finley’s TED Talk

 

Organic Consumers Association

“The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation’s estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers.” They are highly involved in working towards labeling GMO’s and fighting against the corruption of Monsanto.

 

All at Once

All at Once believes that an individual action, multiplied by millions, creates global change. I couldn’t agree more. All At Once is Jack Johnson’s social action network where you can make a positive change in your local and world community: connect with non-profit groups, take environmental action, and receive rewards. All At Once promotes Sustainable Local Food Systems and Plastic Free Initiatives.
Watch a video on All at Once

 

Bioneers

Bioneers is an innovative nonprofit organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. Founded in 1990 in Santa Fe, New Mexico by social entrepreneurs Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons, they act as a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges.

 

Greenpeace

The awesome activism through Greenpeace inspires me so much! Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

 

Native Energy

I use Native Energy for my carbon offsets when flying. I spent many hours researching the highest integrity organization to do carbon offsets with and decided upon Native Energy. Through them I am able to support projects that benefit humanity and are certified and verified through The Gold Standard.

 

Environmental Working Group

The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, we drive consumer choice and civic action. They are a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. They help us to make informed consumer decisions.
Watch a video on Environmental Working Group

 

Vote Hemp

Vote Hemp is a national, single-issue, nonprofit organization dedicated to the acceptance of and free market for industrial hemp, low-THC oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis, and to changes in current law to allow U.S. farmers to grow the crop. Our ultimate goal is having hemp grown on a commercial scale in the U.S. once again and for the crop to be able to be processed here as well. We educate people on the issues surrounding hemp, register voters and build coalitions to fulfill our mission.

 

5 Gyres

The 5 Gyres Institute (5 Gyres) is a leader in the global movement against plastic pollution, with more than 10 years of expertise in scientific research, engagement, and education. With the original goal to answer a few key scientific questions about ocean plastics, co-founders Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins led 19 research expeditions in all five subtropical gyres, as well as many of the world’s lakes and rivers. 5 Gyres continues to lead with scientific research to drive upstream solutions through education, advocacy, and community building.

 

Earth First!

“Earth First! formed in 1979, in response to an increasingly corporate, compromising and ineffective environmental community. It is not an organization, but a movement. There are no “members” of EF!, only Earth First!ers. We believe in using all of the tools in the toolbox, from grassroots and legal organizing to civil disobedience and monkeywrenching. When the law won’t fix the problem, we put our bodies on the line to stop the destruction. Earth First!’s direct-action approach draws attention to the crises facing the natural world, and it saves lives.
Guided by a philosophy of deep ecology, Earth First! does not accept a human-centered worldview of “nature for people’s sake.” Instead, we believe that life exists for its own sake, that industrial civilization and its philosophy are anti-Earth, anti-woman and anti-liberty. Our structure is non-hierarchical, and we reject highly paid “professional staff” and formal leadership. To put it simply, the Earth must come first.”

 

Breast Cancer Fund

“The Breast Cancer Fund works to connect the dots between breast cancer and exposures to chemicals and radiation in our everyday environments. We translate the growing body of scientific evidence linking breast cancer and environmental exposures into public education and advocacy campaigns that protect our health and reduce breast cancer risk. We help transform how our society thinks about and uses chemicals and radiation, with the goal of preventing breast cancer and sustaining health and life.”

 

The Center for a New American Dream

“New Dream seeks to cultivate a new American dream—one that emphasizes community, ecological sustainability, and a celebration of non-material values, while upholding the spirit of the traditional American dream of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We envision a society that pursues not just “more,” but more of what matters—and less of what doesn’t.” Watch this video on them!

 

NORML

NORML’s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high quality marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable. Criminal marijuana prohibition is a failure. Over 20 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana offenses since 1965. NORML believes that the time has come to amend criminal prohibition and replace it with a system of legalization, taxation, regulation, and education.

 

Human Rights Campaign

“As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC’s vision a reality. HRC envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.”

 

Planned Parenthood

I believe that access to free birth control, reproductive health care for all who need the support would contribute to a more equitable and just society. Planned Parenthood is doing this work. “A trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world, Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. For nearly 100 years, Planned Parenthood has promoted a commonsense approach to women’s health and well-being, based on respect for each individual’s right to make informed, independent decisions about health, sex, and family planning.”

 

The Stamp Stampede

The Stamp Stampede is the creation of two colleagues and positive influences of mine, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. The Stampede is over 50,000 thousand Americans legally stamping messages on our Nation’s currency to #GetMoneyOut of Politics. As the amount of stamped money grows, so does the movement to amend the Constitution to overturn Citizens United. These activists have come up with a fun and effective way of getting money out of politics!
Watch a video on The Stamp Stampede

 

Guitars in the Classroom

I’ve been involved with Guitars in the Classroom for a number of years now and am fully supportive of their mission. They are dedicated to training, equipping and empowering Pk-12 teachers to enrich academic learning across the curriculum in Title 1 schools by infusing music-making into lessons and activities throughout each school day. Their work brings the power of music to enthrall students straight to the heart of learning, boosting their engagement, participation, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication skills. By providing free ongoing training and access to guitars and ukuleles, we help schools strengthen the presence of music during and after school. They also use music to inspire teachers and children to live in harmony with our planet through songs in The Green SongBook. Simply put they teach every day teachers how to use music in their every day lessons. To help the kids on every wonderful level that music can bring beauty, development, and education into life.

 

ioby

ioby (short for in our back yards) brings neighborhood projects to life, block by block. They mobilize neighbors who have good ideas to become powerful citizen leaders who plan, fund and make positive change in their own neighborhoods. ioby is creating a future in which our neighborhoods are shaped by the powerful good ideas of our own neighbors. They have funded over 550 neighborhood environmental projects so far!
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Reuse Alliance

The Reuse Alliance is the voice of the reuse community, helping the United States get closer to zero waste. They represent over one hundred reuse organizations that employ 250,000 people. Their community diverts 9.1 million pounds of waste from landfills every day.

 

350.org

350.org is a global grassroots movement to deal with climate change. The number 350 means climate safety: to preserve a livable planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 400 parts per million to below 350 ppm. 350.org believes that a global grassroots movement can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice. That movement is rising from the bottom up all over the world, and is uniting to create the solutions that will ensure a better future for all.
 

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