Giving Tuesday presents a perfect opportunity to be mindful and reflective of what's important to you as the holiday season begins. America's capitalist society goes a little overboard around the holidays, but Giving Tuesday is all about constructively taking advantage of that and challenging people to put their money where their mouth is. Whether you're a hardcore environmentalist or a casual conserver, this day of altruism is a great chance to walk the walk when it comes to protecting the planet. You should donate to these five environmental organizations on Giving Tuesday to help save the Earth.
This is one of the worst years for climate change in human history. Temperatures are rising at alarming rates, coral reefs are bleaching, and now the United States has a president who doesn't really think human activity is harming the planet. It's enough to give you serious eco-anxiety, but luckily, that fear doesn't have to paralyze you. There are lots of ways to help the planet, and they don't all have to be huge, like going to Standing Rock to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. Donating as much as you can spare on Giving Tuesday, in combination with an environmentally-friendly lifestyle, is a great way to know you're helping the planet.
Natural Resource Defense Council
They're "the Earth's best defense" and one of the most prominent environmental groups working today. Actress Candice Bergen is matching all donations up to $100,000, so every dollar you give will really have twice the impact.
Wild Oceans, formerly known as the National Coalition for Marine Conservation, promotes sustainably fishing so the world doesn't end up with fish-less oceans. You can give a one-time donation or become a member for an annually-renewing fee.
Oceana is a multi-faceted group that aims to promote ocean conservation from scientific, economic, and legal perspectives. The Discovery Channel is matching all Giving Tuesday donations up to $20,000, so get clicking.
The Sierra Club, is geared up for the fight against the incoming Trump administration, complete with a countdown clock on their website. Help them fight back against his disastrous climate change policies with a monthly donation if you can.
This environmental staple group does a lot more than protect whales now — it's one of the largest eco-activism groups in the world with 2.8 million members worldwide. They've also got a donation matching challenge for up to $200,000, so this is another group that will get more bang for your buck.
These organizations will need your support over the next four years, so if you can spare a monthly donation, consider one of these five. Just remember that it'll take everyone working together to combat climate change, and these donations are just a start.