Living on this earth means we affect the earth. We can’t help it. We use resources as we live our lives. But that’s no reason for not changing how we live. You can change. Stop buying drinks in plastic bottles. Stop buying gas-hungry cars. Turn off the TV. Don’t buy so much stuff from Amazon. Stop living life as if comfort and convenience are the most important things in the world.
Start with one thing, then add another. And another. Be conscious.
Live your life as if the things you do, what you buy, and what you use affects the future of all life on this planet.
Because it does.
Watch these two films — both available on Netflix.
My Octopus Teacher will remind you of the beauty, richness, and intelligence found in nature. The Social Dilemma will, we hope, inspire you to change and protect the world, and our mental health. Please watch, and think hard about the decisions we make and how they affect our future.
Save democracy. Now.
Surfrider Straws Suck Campaign
In the U.S.A., 500 million (MILLION!) straws are thrown away every day. You can help stop all of this plastic from ending up in our rivers, oceans, and bodies. Start by specifying “no straw” when ordering a drink (including water). But remember, straws aren’t enough… reduce your use of all non-reusable plastics.
You can help protect orangutans from extinction.
Nearly every day, Alene and I see the injurious effects of humankind on our ocean and planet. We have met people whose homes will likely be gone in a decade due to climate change and sea levels rising. And now the United States has a president who is rolling back environmental protections and reversing decades of progress. You may disagree with my views on taxes, or healthcare, or education, but PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, whether you support this president or not, I beg you to oppose his environmental policies. Donate to NRDC. They are one of the finest organizations out there and they will be working hard to protect our world. No matter who you voted for in the last election (or didn’t vote for), support NRDC. Our world depends on it. Really.
WildAid’s mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes. WildAid is working in many countries to change people’s perception of the products that create the illegal wildlife trade (for example, their shark fin soup campaign in Asia). They work with governments to strengthen conservation programs, create legal protection for endangered species and implement anti-trafficking laws. They are awesome. Please give them your support.
Japan has started whaling again in the Southern Ocean. It is a travesty to continue to kill whales… especially under the despicable deceit of scientific research. Support Greenpeace to help stop the whaling.
A great organization working to bring forward the truth about our relationship with ‘stuff’, and therefore, our planet. Their videos are easy to understand and to the point. They make you think, and perhaps, change. Watch some of the videos. And then, please donate.
We went to a presentation by Dr. Andrea Marshall while we were in California in January 2013. She’s doing great work to protect threatened marine species; most notably, manta rays and whale sharks. She’s a very cool person dedicated to accomplishing something important. Please support her. We do.
In 2008, over 1,000 children’s book authors and illustrators came together to help elect Barack Obama. They are still working to elect a president who truly cares about the future of our children. Support them if you can. And vote!
Jean & Robert Blakey Memorial Endowed Scholarship Award
Created by the Long Beach community in memory of my parents, this scholarship fund provides financial aid to Jewish Studies students at California State University, Long Beach. Contributions may be sent to:
Jewish Community Foundation – Blakey Jewish Studies Scholarship
3801 E. Willow Street
Long Beach, CA 90815
Not a non-profit organization, but a book by Barbara Kingsolver worth buying and reading. It’s an interesting, humorous, and exceptionally well-written read; it just might change the way you think about food. It did for me.
We need to give to non-profits. But there are so many! How do you know if your money is being used properly? Charity Navigator is a great tool. Check out over 5,000 charities before you donate. If you like their service, consider supporting Charity Navigator as well.
Who stands between corporate greed and the destruction of the environment? The NRDC, that’s who. They also work to stop our government from destroying our own country’s precious wildlife and resources. An incredibly effective organization that uses the law, science, and members’ actions to keep the bad guys at bay. I’ve been a member for over 20 years. You could be a member, too.