Top Charity Campaigns to Save Environment

It is not only human beings that need looking after to lead a healthy and vigorous life, in fact Mother Earth in many ways needs it more. Life on this planet sustains itself through a delicate ecological balance. Tears in this fabric can spell doom and disaster for all. Global warming increases sea levels thereby flooding large areas and inhabitable lands, polluted environment resulting from discharge of poisonous gasses of industries and automobiles slowly choke populations across countries at large. Given this scenario, there is rising awareness of saving the world from further damage than is already done and Governments and private charities are leaving no stone unturned to ensure this.

However, for this to happen, it is imperative that funds are available and that too in sufficient quantities. Private donations are of paramount importance if these charities are to discharge their duties to the best of their capabilities. Hence, if you want to contribute your mite to saving Planet Earth and preserve its integrity for future generations, here is a list of charities that deserve a second look and careful study. There is no doubt that they are doing yeomen service to preserve the environment.

Natural Resources Defense Council – This is a charity that has wide ranging ramifications and is not focussed on any specific objective. There are over 1.4 million members and online activists with a battery of top flight lawyers to take care of any litigation. Further, scientists and other environmentalists keep an eye on what is happening around the world with regard to ecological degradation. When you send your donation, it will be acknowledged with a personalised gift card and the action it supports like say “saving an acre of whale nursery”.

Greenpeace Fund – Remember the 1970s and 80’s when hordes of Greenpeace activists carried out peaceful demonstrations against whaling ships, keeping a watch on countries carrying out covert nuclear testing in far flung atolls and accosting ships carrying dangerous chemical wastes and asbestos? Even today, Greenpeace is passionate about its idealism and still takes direct action against those that harm the environment and the ecological system of the world. Groups of Greenpeace members have often resorted to direct action such as thwarting Government efforts to carry out nuclear testing at Amchitka Alaska.

Rainforest Alliance – It has become famous by independently certifying general rainforest produce such as chocolate, coffee and bananas. Those desirous of getting certification from this prestigious institution need to maintain stringent sustainability standards. They also offer advice to the tourism industry on economically vulnerable areas in a bid to cut down on visitors to these places. The group also monitors large scale felling of trees and deforestation. For example, say, if large scale tree removal in Melbourne as well as clearing wooded land for construction and development projects are resorted to, this entity will come up with solutions to prevent this activity. You will be spending good money after good by donating here.

There are many other charities that you can contribute to – Earth Justice, Ocean Conversancy and Earth Island Institute being some other examples. Contribute to these charities for a noble cause.

Time When Labour Decided to do Charity by Cycling

Before going into the details of the time Labour decided to do charity by cycling and drive home a point about their election manifesto pledges, it will be relevant to go into the background of why and how this concept came into being.

The 2010 Labour manifesto had no points on cycling. In 2012, The Times started a campaign that called for greater quantum of investment in ensuring that British roads were safe for cyclists by drawing up secure cycling routes. By default, it would mean more people taking up cycling that would in turn reduce traffic congestion, pollution, overcrowding and the burden of controlling traffic and its related logistics.

Quick on the uptake, there was immediate reaction from the Labour Party. A party spokesman said, “Labour wants to give everyone the choice to cycle and walk safely. This will help cut congestion and the cost of transport, deliver huge benefits for our environment and improve our nation’s health. A Labour government will deliver a long-term investment strategy to increase cycling and walking rates, with targets and clarity over funding. We will also create a high level cycling and walking advisory board, with ministers from across government that will help put cycling at the centre of policy making. […].We will cycle-proof new transport infrastructures, improve HGV safety, educate children in cycle safety and restore targets to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads. Labour has committed to end the stop-start on cycling, and make it a safe and easy option for all.”

Once this commitment was received officially, there were a lot of reactions from the platforms that mattered. John Torrance, policy director of Sustrans, the cycling and walking charity welcomed this pledge but added a note of caution that the , next Government’s transport policy should prioritise the production of an ambitious cycling and walking investment strategy.

The Labour Party has been traditionally known as a party of the masses and has been synonymous with the labour movement around the world, be it labour hire in Melbourne or social welfare measures in the UK. Thus it was not a surprise when they took up cycling for charity to showcase their agenda, an activity generally connected to the common man. At the party conference in Brighton, Wednesday 30 September 2015 the Labour Transport Team joined cycle campaigners for a cycle ride along the sea front to focus on their commitment to promote cycling.

The ride was meant for CTC, the national cycling charity and was joined by the bigwigs of the Party that included Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Lilian Greenwood MP, Daniel Zeichner MP, Shadow Minister for Cycling, and Becky Renolds of Bricycles. The course was the seafront cycle track opposite the Brighton Hilton Metropole Hotel, King’s Road, Brighton. It was a huge success and there was a festive air all round. Most importantly, by this one act, the Labour Party managed to showcase its assurance to endorse cycling and integrate it with the total transport system of the country.