Can we make our world better? Safer? More stable? ABSOLUTELY. EarthShare contributions are making it happen.
So much of our news in the Pacific Northwest has been dominated by things we feel powerless to control.
Forest fires are the most obvious. But drought, high water temperatures killing our native fish, and heat waves are also making their presence known.
I feel so much more able to face these big, hairy problems -- because I know that EarthShare member charities, and the donation I make through EarthShare Oregon, are actively working to prevent these things from affecting our lives.
Renewable Northwest is bringing more and better renewable energy sources to the region -- allowing us to move further away from fossil-fuel-based energy sources.
1000 Friends of Oregon is actively defending Oregon's land use laws, and working to make it so that our communities, our transportation systems, and our daily lives generate less greenhouse gas emissions.
The Freshwater Trust is protecting our rivers by building new, 21st century conservation tools and technologies that actually restore ecosystems, and then implementing those solutions on real waterways.
Northwest Earth Institute is launching its annual EcoChallenge in October -- mobilizing thousands of people (maybe you?) to lessen their impact on the Earth by challenging yourself to a new environmental action.
These issues seem big. But they can be brought down to size when we support EarthShare Oregon. Your donations are tackling big problems from all angles. Thank you for giving -- and for being part of the movement to stabilize our climate.
EarthShare Oregon member charities just renewed their membership in our federation recently, and when they did, they also provided lots of great stories and examples of the ways in which they make our state more livable and keep Oregon the place we all want to live.
1000 Friends of Oregon began supporting the Rogue Valley Food System Network, an initiative that connects farmers, distributors, store owners, and more to get fresh local produce into the hands of people around the state. The network has successfully introduced “Rogue Valley grown” produce and labels into various grocery stores.
BRING Recycling worked with 38 new businesses in Lane County through its RE:Think Business program, providing free, confidential advice and support on practical ways to minimize waste and save money. Those businesses implemented more than 300 recommendations and are saving resources in their everyday operations.
Willamette Riverkeeper organized the 6th Annual Great Willamette Cleanup, involving more than 800 volunteers at 24 sites, who worked for a combined total of 2,500+ hours cleaning up more than 200 miles of the Willamette River watershed. The trash haul collected 12 TONS of garbage from the river and its shoreline.
The Sierra Club partnered with fishing groups and led a campaign to protect critical salmon and wildlife habitat in the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests. This campaign resulted in an unprecedented new protection for state lands called "high value conservation areas."
There are so many ways your donation to EarthShare Oregon is protecting the landscapes, way of life, and state we all love. A gift will benefit all 80 charities in our network and the crucial work they do for everyone, every day.
EarthShare Oregon and our almost 80 member charities have started 2015 off with important work, fun projects, and new ways to engage with our environment.
A few examples of the work EarthShare Oregon funds through our members include:
Threats to our lands, water, and livability emerge daily in Oregon, and our members keep track and actively work against them. Your funding and support are making this type of vigilance possible. Because of the help your donation gives, our groups can effectively mobilize volunteers and get the word out when needed.
Thank you for what you're already doing, and make an additional gift if you can.