Posts Tagged ‘humanitarian’

change your underwear

November 16, 2010

If you’ve been reading this blog, you know that I’m doing Brooklyn Green Team’s No New Clothing Challenge – a 3-month new clothing fast. Not to brag, but it’s not too challenging for me. Buying used, swapping, hand-me-downs, whatever – most of my clothes are new to me but not straight from the factory. Except for undergarments. And luckily the Green Team’s challenge gives participants a pardon for the skivvies, because I just found this new undies brand that I’m thinking of giving a try. (Wow! I’m getting personal now aren’t I?)

The brand is called PACT. All of their underwear, for women and men, are made with organically grown cotton. But that’s not all! They give 10% of all of their sales to a range of causes, including one of my faves, The Green Belt Movement.

Creative Growth Splatter Bikini

The Green Belt Movement Boxer

Oh yeah, and then there’s this. All of the packaging is either reusable or compostable (read: no plastic). Their goal is to provide a no landfill product that you’ll love.

Learn more about PACT and get a pair or two for you or your loved ones!

cupcakes & clothes for haiti

January 16, 2010

Just got this special message from Kaight, eco-conscious fashion shop that I wanted to share:

Dear Friends,

By now, we are all well aware of the tragedy that has struck Haiti. We know everyone is doing their best to help, and we would like to make donating as easy on you as possible. On Monday, Jan., 18, we encourage you to bring in any clothes that you would like to donate to the residents of Haiti. We will ensure that they get donated through “Fashion Delivers“. As a thank you for your participation, we will be serving cupcakes by Rabbit Mafia, and offering 10% OFF on any purchase that day. We will be operating at regular store hours and will open from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. We look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Thank you for your support!

Kaight is located at:
83 Orchard Street, NYC
(212) 680-5630

project 7: changing the score

January 7, 2010

Founded in 2008, Project 7 is the brainchild of founder Tyler Merrick, a.k.a. “the social capitalist”. He wanted to turn the 7 deadly sins upside down. For example, instead of focusing on a person who is gluttonous, focus on helping the person who has nothing to eat. Project 7’s goal is to make positive change in seven areas of global need.

Project 7 is giving away $105,000 to 7 different causes. It’s up to you who receives funding. Just visit their site, enter your email address, and vote for 1 of 3 causes in each category:
1. Heal the Sick
2. Save the Earth
3. House the Homeless
4. Feed the Hungry
5. Help Those in Need
6. Build the Future
7. Hope for Peace

For example, one of the finalists in the Feed the Hungry category is Action Against Hunger, who will put the $15,000 towards treating 75 severely malnourished children in the in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Learn more about Action Against Hunger.

Ballots close January 31st, so place your vote today!

a gift of goat

December 3, 2009

If you’ve been following my blog over the past year and half you might know that I have a thing for goats. I don’t know what it is about them – the way they sound, their disposition, the way they can climb up to high places – I just think they’re great.Goat235X235

So I was psyched to get one for my birthday from my bf’s sister and brother-in-law. Yes, it’s another post about what I got for my birthday. I guess I’m feeling reflective and grateful.

Of course, I couldn’t have a goat in my Brooklyn apartment, and I don’t own a patch of land in the country to keep one. This four-legged friend will be going to a family who really needs her. Through Heifer International, anyone can purchase a goat (or other farm animal) that will be symbolic for one person and real for another.

According to Heifer:

Goats Are Great for Families

The gift of a dairy goat represents a lasting, meaningful way for you to help a little boy or girl on the other side of the world.

Goats can thrive in extreme climates and on poor, dry land by eating grass and leaves. The gift of a dairy goat can supply a family with up to several quarts of nutritious milk a day – a ton of milk a year. Extra milk can be sold or used to make cheese, butter or yogurt. Families learn to use goat manure to fertilize gardens.

Goats often have two or three kids a year making it easy for Heifer recipients to pass on the gift of a goat to another family in need. This great investment allows our partners to lift themselves out of poverty by starting small dairies that earn money for food, health care and education.


Gifts from Heifer or similar organizations make great holiday presents – especially for the people in your life who don’t want or need any ‘things.’ Here are some other great orgs that offer symbolic gifts:

Oxfam Unwrapped

mosquito nets, books, baby chicks, soap

World Wildlife Fund

threatened & endangered species like polar bears, snow leopards, monarch butterflies

Conservation International

protect an acre of rainforest

Nature Conservancy

plant a tree, adopt an acre, adopt a jaguar

New York Restoration Project

buy an NYC tree

World Neighbors

provide seeds, help prevent AIDS, provide gender equity training

care to make a difference: blog action day 09

October 15, 2009

This post is part of Blog Action Day ’09

Floods, droughts, super storms – these are not the things of fantasy, of Hollywood blockbuster disaster films. They are real. And real people who live off the land are the most affected by these climate-change–induced or -exacerbated events.

Yet the wealthiest nations, especially those with large standing militaries, are burning fossil fuels like there’s no tomorrow. And there very well might not be if they keep it up.

While climate change and its effects are being seen today, most of us are still thinking like it’s some futuristic event. It is here, and people are suffering because of it. The time to act is not when things start to really get ugly for all of us, the time to act is now.

Luckily, there are organizations doing the work now to prevent catastrophe for those who could not recover from it. Organizations like CARE are examining the impact of climate change on coastal and rural communities in economically poor places, and mitigating the negative.

See how people are impacted, then do something about it.

This is what CARE has to say about the current state of climate change action…

Poor people are especially vulnerable to climate change due to the sensitivity of their livelihoods and the extensive constraints – such as low levels of formal schooling and political marginalisation – that frame their adaptive capacity. Therefore, the world’s response to climate change has to challenge entrenched inequities and discriminatory power structures if we are to ensure that everyone can access the information, resources and support necessary for adaptation. But this hasn’t happened. Instead, the international community has focused on building capacity within poor countries to integrate climate change in national policy frameworks.

Though helpful, this is wholly insufficient because vulnerability to climate change varies within countries, communities and even households. National-level efforts must be complemented by action at the grassroots that understands, targets and reduces the poorest people’s vulnerability to climate change. In recognition of this principle, community-based adaptation is finally emerging as a critical part of the global response to climate change.

And this is how CARE responds to the situation…

CARE’s approach to community-based adaptation is people-centred. It fosters more resilient livelihoods, strengthens local capacity through training and the promotion of appropriate traditional knowledge, supports social change and engages in advocacy to address the underlying causes of poverty and differential vulnerability.

CARE’s community-based approach to adaptation is composed of the following four inter-related action areas:

  • Reducing the Risk of Disasters
  • Making Livelihoods More Resilient
  • Strengthening Local Capacity
  • Supporting Social Mobilisation and Policy Engagement

Read more about CARE’s actions in the face of climate change

Get involved with CARE

are we living in the age of stupid?

September 4, 2009

I’m inclined to say yes. And I’d like to confirm my suspicions by watching this:

The Age of Stupid Global Premiere Trailer from Age of Stupid on Vimeo.

This isn’t just a film about climate change and what could happen if the most severe predictions come to fruition. It’s also a global call to action (before the film even launches). I think director Franny Armstrong and the producers learned from the anti-climactic, uninspiring suggestions at the end of An Inconvenient Truth for individual energy consumption reduction.* Of course, I think each of us is responsible for our ecological actions, but something as big as climate change requires the attention and concerted effort of policy makers around the world. And the film’s release just happens to coincide with the UN General Assembly’s climate session.

*Not to discount Gore’s own current efforts to thwart climate change.

Want to see what the world might look like if our climate nightmares come true? The Age of Stupid premieres September 21/22.

Find out where it’s playing.

Find out what you can do to help.

no hunger

July 13, 2009

As someone who eats on a very regular basis, never in want of food, I cannot fathom what it is like to wonder where my next meal is coming from. When I am hungry, I go to the cupboard or refrigerator, where there is always food stocked from the farmers market or grocery store. I am fortunate to be able to rely on produce that comes from local farms, and have the luxury to buy fresh food that comes from other places in this country, like California.

I recently read a post on elephant journal of a woman who, after returning to the US from a long sojourn in India, visited a supermarket. She literally wept at the bounty around her. We should all be so fortunate to realize the abundance we have.

For millions of children around the world, there is no bounty. There is no corner store, no fruit stand, no supermarket. There is only hunger.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently reported that there are now over 1 billion people worldwide going hungry. Acute malnutrition affects 55 million children globally, resulting in 5 million childhood deaths every year (one child every six seconds). This is a predictable and preventable condition.

No Hunger is an international initiative, started by Action Against Hunger, asking Al Gore to make his next film about global hunger. The website features a trailer for No Hunger, and a petition addressed to the former Vice President that will be presented to him this December at the COP15 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

The hope is that, as An Inconvenient Truth did for climate change, No Hunger will help shift public perceptions of hunger, and attract the support needed to reach every acutely malnourished child.

The treatment for severe acute malnutrition is not expensive—it costs about $50 per child and doesn’t require prescription drugs. Instead, it relies on nutrient dense, ready-to-use food products. These products can take a child from the brink of death and restore him to health in as little as six weeks.

In response to a desperate situation, ready-to-use plumpy’nut provides emergency nutrition to starving children.

big sale on edun duds @ greenloop

April 17, 2009

Now at Greenloop, get 50 to 75% off ethically and ecologically minded clothing line Edun – the brainchild of Ali Hewson and Bono (with some help from New York clothing designer Rogan Gregory).

Por ejemplo:

Men’s Eclipse jeans were $175, you can get ’em for $79.99 (save $95.01, hey every penny counts!)

Ladies’ Calliope dress was $325, now $169.99 (that’s $155.01 off, yeow!)

Get ’em @ Greenloop while the gettin’ is good.

toms = awesome

April 5, 2009

TOMS shoes not only look super cool, they help people, too. If you don’t know their business practice it’s this: for every TOMS shoe you buy, a pair is given to shoeless, poverty stricken people who would otherwise be vulnerable to disease.

If that doesn’t move you, watch the following video. And if that doesn’t move you, you might be missing something (it’s called a heart).

walk for the health of it, and for others

March 13, 2009

I like a good walk any time of year. But there’s nothing more rejuvenating than a walk in Springtime. Daffodils blooming, sparrows chirping, sun shining. Everyone seems to be happier, awakening their bodies from the sleepy Winter’s days spent indoors.

Spring is also the season for charitable walks. A great chance to do something for a cause while getting a little exercise in. Here are a few walks happening this Spring in NYC.

TAP Project (UNICEF)
Sunday, March 22, 2009 @ 10am
Battery Park
A one mile walk for young people (all ages) and their families, schools and communities to help raise awareness and support for children worldwide who suffer from a lack of readily available clean water.
Full details

Walk MS
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island
Saturday, April 19, 2009
South Street Seaport, Manhattan
Walk MS is a fun and festive event that raises critical funds to help people affected by multiple sclerosis – a disease of the central nervous system that has no known cause or cure.
Join the movement on April 18 in Staten Island or April 19 in Manhattan. By participating in Walk MS, you will join 7,000 other New Yorkers to make one powerful statement and keep us moving toward a world free of MS.

Full details

Run for the Wild (Wildlife Conservation Society)
Saturday, April 25, 2009 @ 9am
Bronx Zoo
Run to help save Gorillas in 2009. We need your help in protecting a species that is at great risk of extinction. Sign up now for Run for the Wild and start the race to save Gorillas. Or if you can’t participate in the event, you can still take action by making a pledge!
Full details

Parkinson’s Unity Walk
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Central Park
The largest grassroots event raising Parkinson’s awareness and funds to find a cure. 100% of all donations raised goes directly to Parkinson`s research.
Full details

May 17, 2009 @ 10am
Central Park
The world’s biggest AIDS fundraiser. Take a walk through Central Park and the streets of Manhattan to benefit Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and other AIDs organizations (full list)
Full details