Let Your Voice Be Heard!
There are so many wonderful and simple ways to get involved in ‘community’ in this day and age. Pick a cause and take a stand!
We are highlighting a few organizations that are near and dear to our hearts. The power of technology and advanced communications enable each of us to support the multitude of amazing organizations that are dedicated to preserving humanity on the planet without even leaving our homes. Signing petitions, sending letters to politicians, donating funds, spreading the word. Each of these actions can have a real effect. Now doesn’t that help you feel powerful?!
We know there are so many more out there and would love to hear about them. If you would like an organization that you support to be highlighted here, please leave a ‘comment’ below, and we will take a peek!
350.org is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Their online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organizers in over 188 countries. 350 means climate safety. To preserve our planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 392 parts per million to below 350 ppm. But 350 is more than a number—it’s a symbol of where we need to head as a planet. Click here to hear 350.0rg’s Founder, Bill McKibben, speak to Playful Planet on the urgency of this matter.
Support Pachamama Alliance
Empowered by our partnership with indigenous people, The Pachamama Alliance inspires and galvanizes the human family to generate a critical mass of conscious commitment to a thriving, just and sustainable way of life on Earth. The Pachamama Alliance was created at the invitation of the Achuar, an indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest. Having made their home in the rainforests of Ecuador and Peru for centuries, they have much wisdom to offer about living in harmony with the natural world and with one another. In the 1990’s, facing oil development on their ancestral lands, Achuar elders decided to reach out to the modern world that was threatening their very existence. They issued a call for allies who would work to “change the dream of the modern world” and transform the culture of overconsumption driving the destruction of the rainforest. The Pachamama Alliance was created as an answer to their call.
Support Mom’s Clean Air Force
Moms have passion and power — an unbeatable combination. They are harnessing the strength of mother love to fight back against polluters. Moms are joining together, to come out in strength for our kids’ right to clean air — just as our parents fought for us, forty years ago, to get the Clean Air Act signed into law by President Richard Nixon. Moms Clean Air Force is nonpartisan–because clean air should be more important than politics.
On their website, they post everything for parents to understand what is at stake: nothing less than the health of our children, as well as future generations. Moms Clean Air Force promotes ‘Naptime Activism’. With their online action center, they make it easy and fast for busy parents to make their voices heard—while baby naps.
The ‘Beneficiaries’ of our Storyland Yoga ‘Fund’
We made a decision in the early stages that part of our mission is to ‘give back.’ Each of our Storyland Activity Series titles will donate a portion of proceeds to a cause that supports children and/or the environment. For Storyland Yoga, we chose these two amazing groups:
Alec Loorz, now 17, founded Kids vs Global Warming when he was 12 years old after watching Al Gore’s movie, “an inconvenient truth.” Feeling the weight of the global situation and a sense that he could make a difference, Alec felt compelled to tell other kids about the problems we are facing. His message is deeply rooted in hope, encouraging kids to speak up and let their voices be heard on this issue. Alec creates presentations specifically for youth, full of videos, animation, easy-to-understand science, and compelling motivation for kids K-college ages. He gave over 30 global warming presentations before being invited by Al Gore to be formally trained with the Climate Project in October of 2008. He is now their youngest US trained presenter. Alec is on the advisory boards for Inconvenient Youth, Alliance for Climate Education, Rainforest Action Network Youth Sustaining the Earth, Ventura County School District Green Team, The Future We Want, and the United Steelworkers Union.
Their mission: to educate children and adults about marine mammals, their environment and their preservation. Save the Whales was founded in 1977 when Maris Sidenstecker was 14 years old, and focuses on educating the public, especially children, about marine mammals and the fragile ocean environment. Save the Whales believes children, the future of the planet, need to be empowered and know that their actions can promote change. Education is the key to saving whales, oceans, and ourselves. Worldwide and nationwide, Save the Whales educates the public by disseminating information by snail mail, email, web site, Adopt A Whale kits, newsletters, an award winning TV public service announcement, media and radio appearances, and events.