Archive for the Philanthropy Category
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Good Samaritan Pays Fares
The holidays are upon us and the spirit of giving is already in full swing in the Northland. An anonymous good Samaritan is paying it forward today. It’s the time of year when we do what we can to help others, especially those who’ve fallen on misfortune. A man from Duluth recently came upon some good fortune. After losing his wallet for a spell, it made it’s way back to him with everything accounted for. “It came to him in the mail and everything was there and so he said he was just overjoyed obviously that his wallet came back like that and he decided what the heck, let me pay it forward so to speak.” Pay it forward, by helping others in an equally unexpected way. Jim Heilig at the Duluth Transit Administration assisted the man in guiding his aspirations to give. As some people were waiting in the... Continue Reading
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Tower of Nests Designed to House Displaced Urban Wildlife
As more people begin moving from rural areas and into swelling urban centers around the world, it usually means that local wildlife gets the boot. But now, thanks to a revolutionary new building called Tower of Nests proposed for construction in Shanghai, city squirrels, birds, and insects that might otherwise be displaced will have a high-rise to call their very own, living in peace with human residents. The designers behind the tower hope that it will usher in a new era of urban architecture — one that promotes sustainability and harmony with nature. The Tower of Nests, brainchild of Kjellgren... Continue Reading
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Bill Gates is asking for more Western aid to fight poverty
Cannes – Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is calling on Western nations assembling for the latest G20 summit to promise greater efforts to fight global poverty. Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is calling on Western nations assembling for the latest G20 summit in Cannes, France, to promise a stronger financial commitment to fight global poverty. Gates is set to release a report to the G20 nations that spells out creative ways in which Western nations can do more to fight poverty. The report also stresses the economic imperatives of fighting poverty as a means of keeping the global economy stable. “The world... Continue Reading
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Back to the Start: Willie Assists Chipotle’s Quest To End Factory Farms
In this charming music video from Chipotle, Willie sings about going “back to the start” of American farming, before animals were pumped with antibiotics and kept in factories. A farmer, not content with his small family farm, starts to modernize. He turns his farm into a factory, pumping drugs into his pigs and pollutants into the water. But one night, he has a revelation: This is not what his life needs to be. He lets his animals roam free and raises them naturally (though still eats them). That’s the premise of the new music video commissioned by Chipotle, featuring Willie... Continue Reading
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Dissenting, or Seeking Shelter? Homeless Stake a Claim at Protests
LOS ANGELES — Robert Gaffney, who came here from Oklahoma 10 years ago, settled on a scrap of burlap the other day on a grassy hill outside City Hall, surveying the tents and crowd that make up Occupy Los Angeles. For many of his neighbors at City Hall Park, this is a center of protest and political grievance. For Mr. Gaffney, it is the latest piece of land that he calls home. It is, he said, more comfortable than the sidewalk in Hollywood that he has been living on for the last few months. It is safer and less sketchy... Continue Reading
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Be KIND: Help Feed Senior Citizens This Thanksgiving
On Tuesday, November 1, Angelenos can do good just by being kind. Sounds simple, right? It is. And it will bring a happy and healthy Thanksgiving to hundreds of senior citizens. A KIND Healthy Snacks KIND Movement initiative, Do the KIND Thing hosts monthly KINDING Missions in new cities every first Tuesday of every month, also known as KIND Tuesday. L.A., November is our month. L.A.’s BIG KIND Act aims to feed senior citizens via the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. With the help of selfless Angelenos, nutritious Thanksgiving meals will be delivered to hundreds of senior citizens facing hardship.... Continue Reading
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David de Rothschild Prepares for a New Adventure in the Amazon
(Interview between treehugger & David de Rothschild) For the Plastiki expedition, David de Rothschild sailed across the Pacific in a boat made of plastic to raise awareness of ocean pollution. His newest adventure, which sets off next week, will take him into the heart of the Amazon region in Brazil. TreeHugger: We hear you’re preparing for another adventure. What’s the destination this time? David de Rothschild: Yes, I am getting ready for another adventure. We’re heading off for the amazon early next week. Part of the team is already down there now. It’s a pretty interesting adventure, and we will... Continue Reading
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Featured NGOs: charity: water
It’s hard not to think about water today. In the western world, we face growing concerns about our stewardship of the world’s most precious resource. There’s talk of shortages, evidence of reservoirs and aquifers drying up, and of course, plenty of people who simply don’t care. But forget about us. Most of us have never really been thirsty. We’ve never had to leave our houses and walk 5 miles to fetch water. We simply turn on the tap, and water comes out. Clean. Yet there are a billion people on the planet who don’t have clean water. It’s hard to... Continue Reading
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New Wave in Oil Cleanup Technology Spurred by Competition
When the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in 2010, we all watched in horror as oil gushed unchecked into the Gulf of Mexico. Cleanup crews flocked to the scene, but their ability to respond to the spill was limited: they were stuck using the same technology deployed during the Exxon Valdez disaster, 21 years earlier. Those outdated, inefficient booms and skimmers managed to pick up just 3 percent of the nearly 5 billion barrels of oil spilled in the Gulf. Philanthropist Wendy Schmidt, head of the Schmidt Family Foundation and an NRDC board member, knew America could do better. In June... Continue Reading
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