Searching for the perfect holiday gift for those who are meaningful in our lives is not always an easy task. One way you can take the stress out of making these decisions is by viewing the gifting process in a new light. Have you considered the impact of giving back to the environment this season? We are featuring the Plant a Billion Trees organization which works under The Nature Conservancy to preserve our forests which are suffering the impacts of deforestation and greenhouse gases.
According to the World Wildlife Fund “Some 46-58 million square miles of forest are lost each year—equivalent to 36 football fields every minute.” They have also noted “in the Amazon around 17% of the forest has been lost in the last 50 years, mostly due to forest conversion for cattle ranching.”
While supporting The Nature Conservancy, one dollar equals one new tree planted in a forest today. The Plant a Billion Trees organization is currently planting in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. According to their website this forest “alone provides clean water and hydro energy to over 130 million in Brazil and benefits populations worldwide through climate regulation”
Preserving our natural resources and the wildlife of our planet is a very meaningful way to get involved this year. If you haven’t already thought about a more benevolent Christmas gift or a way to feel like you are giving back around the holiday season this is one easy way to participate today. Log on to their website or Facebook page for more information. If not this organization in particular you can become involved with the following:
- The World Wildlife Fund
- Contribute to farming efforts in third world countries by donating to an organization like Farm Africa.
- The Nature Conservancy
- Or donate to CGG and help us in our Tree Partnership Program helping to keep Chicago healthy and sustainable.
Click links above below to donate to any of the organizations listed. Raising your own philanthropy by making an individual donation, or by honoring your family or friends is just the kind of gifting for a joyful holiday season that we like to see.