Holiday gifts for your loved ones and Mother Nature
Keep the environment on your gift list with these five presents.
Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 21:11
HOLIDAY SPIRIT: Give presents this year that will not only bring cheer to your loved ones but also benefit Mother Nature. (Photo: lechampiondumonde/Flickr)
In the stress of the holiday season, one of the things I always look forward to is getting gifts for those I love. This year, don't forget to add Mother Nature to your gift list! It is very easy to do; look at the following five options for gifts that will help keep our planet beautifully blue and green. What a refreshing alternative to the typical materialism and consumerism!
Oceana: Through the world's largest international ocean conservation, you can give a gift that protects our oceans. Choose to adopt an adorable dolphin, polar bear, penguin, killer whale, shark, seahorse or turtle. You also have the option to adopt the oil spill stricken-Gulf and its imperiled habitats.
Conservation International: Can one gift curb climate change and stop the deforestation of habitats worldwide? Certainly, if it is through Conservation International, whose mission is to empower societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity. Your gift can span from preserving a whale birthing ground to funding an entire research expedition.
The Nature Conservancy: Perhaps you have had a lovely flower bouquet in mind for your special someone. If so, be sure to buy the flowers through Organic Bouquet which has sustainably-grown flowers crafted into gorgeous creations such as the festive Peppermint Double Twist. Even better, 10 percent of the proceeds go to The Nature Conservancy which aims to protect the lands and water of our planet.
World Wildlife Fund: The animal lover on your list will surely appreciate a gift that saves our most endangered animals from extinction. Through the World Wildlife Fund, you can choose to adopt from a wide array of more than 100 animals. There is even an online test you can take to determine your "inner animal" (I am a friendly, water-loving sea lion!).
Care2 Ecards: For those faraway acquaintances who deserve some holiday cheer, keep them in your thoughts with a cheery eCard. Become a Care2 member and you will redeem butterfly credits for every eCard you send. These credits can then be applied to a number of different organizations that provide everything from safe drinking water to help for shelter pets.
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