3 Things You Can Do on Giving Tuesday

Copper-rumped hummingbird in Trinidad

Copper-rumped hummingbird (Amazilia tobaci) in Trinidad. (© Olivier Langrand)

Nature is all around us.

Consider what it takes just to type this blog post. My laptop wouldn’t function without rare earth minerals, harvested from mines that look like Mordor. My coffee came from a plant grown halfway around the world. My desk was once a tree, sturdy and majestic. And the pullover I’m wearing began its life in a cotton field.

I don’t know about you, but when something gives me this much, I want to give back.

That’s why I’m proud to say that CI is part of Giving Tuesday, a national day of action for charity.

Think about it: We have a day for giving thanks. We have two days for finding the best deals. After all of that turkey and all of that spending, can’t we set aside a day for acts of giving?

Here are three things you can do to celebrate Giving Tuesday:

  • Donate: Every dollar you give to CI through the end of the day today will be matched by a generous donor. Help us protect the planet that provides. (Update, 11/30: The match has ended, but not until CI supporters pitched in at an incredible rate. Thank you … and there’s still plenty of money to raise for 2013, if you’re interested in a donation.)
  • Join the movement: Follow us on Twitter or use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to participate in a global conversation about philanthropy, charity and good deeds.
  • Take action: Follow some of CI’s simple steps to live green. Or give to your local food bank. Donate blood. Volunteer. Yes, we’d love it if you gave to CI today, while a donor is matching your gift — but if you can’t, I encourage you to simply give back to your community in any way you can.
Chris Coletta

Chris Coletta

Thanks for reading. I’m excited to give back to the planet that provides. I hope you are, too.

Chris Coletta is CI’s community manager.

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