It’s May 9th and we have not even talked about this month’s Chores For Charity Beneficiary. And that’s mainly because Josie and I have only talked very briefly about it. We’ve been doing chores for the unnamed green charity. In Josie’s words, “you know, mom, we should help the earth, like vacuum up all the trash and stuff. Hey! I have an idea. Let’s take the Dustbuster on a walk [like we can put it on a leash like a dog] and we can vacuum up the trash.” And then the conversation turns to her “rainbow brain,” her words not mine, and I begin to wonder what life in the Technicolor mind of Josie must be like. Of course, this leads me to believe that my brain is utterly boring with all its gray matter and white matter.
All that aside, we did decide to choose a conservation type charity and I confess that this is not an area of expertise for me, so I selected a big name charity for this month: The Nature Conservancy. Their mission is simply stated, but complex in practice: To conserve the lands and water on which all life depends. They are making a conservation impact in all 50 states and 35 countries around the world. The Nature Conservancy is in the business of protecting habitats, from Rainforests to Coral Reefs to the Rivers and Lakes in which my kids discover frogs and toads. I like this. Every child should have the chance to let the mud squish between their toes as they walk along the banks of a lake or river in search of their next adventure.
Given my background in urban education, I LOVE that they have a conservation education initiative, complete with paid internships, in partnership with environmental high schools in urban centers in 9 states. This program, called LEAP, opens doors for students who reside in cities with very few natural elements to become leaders in the nature conservancy movement. Straight-up awesome!
So folks, as you saunter through the month of May, remember Josie’s commitment to “vacuuming up all the trash on Earth” and do your part to protect Mother Earth. Put your trash in a trash can, recycle and, if you have some dollars to spare, support The Nature Conservancy.
What are your favorite environmental conservation charities? I’m going to use this month to learn more about this topic and could use all the help I can get!