April Charity of the Month
March 21st marks the first day of spring, and while it may not feel like it in some parts of the country, Spring is upon us. With a chaotic winter behind us, we can welcome one of our favorite seasons as flowers bloom and trees regain their leaves.
One of the most important holidays is coming up in April, and it begins with an “E.” We’re not talking about Easter, but rather a holiday that is often regrettably underlooked. This is a day of environmental action around the world, from conserving energy by turning out your lights to riding your bike to work. That’s right, we’re talking about Earth Day. This year’s theme, as declared by Earthday.org, is “Restore our Earth.”
To celebrate Earth Day 2021, Grow Together will be spotlighting an environmental group called Earth Island. Fifteen percent of all proceeds from the Grow Together Line, which includes the newly released Series One, will go toward EarthIsland, and we encourage all our readers to consider donating to them too.
While most major environmental groups like the Sierra Club focus on political lobbying or legal action, EarthIsland focuses on sponsoring and supporting grassroots environmental projects to help foster the next generation of environmental leaders. Since its founding in 1982 by environmentalist and former professional rock climber David Brewer, EarthIsland has funded over 200 projects, with more 75 active projects today. Some of these projects remain under the EarthIsland umbrella, while others ultimately break away and form their own 501c(3) organizations. While the majority of projects are based in the US, EarthIsland sponsorship is international in scale, with projects in Russia, Armenia, Malaysia, Zimbabwe, and Nicaragua, to name a few.
As a result of this unique approach to funding, donors have the opportunity to either make a standard donation to EarthIsland or select one of the 75 projects to support directly, giving you more control over where your money goes. We hope you look into this amazing charity and support it by purchasing a shirt from the Grow Together line, or donate directly.
We encourage our readers to take part in the Earth Day festivities by attending events, reducing your energy consumption, and sharing your impact of the day on social media. There are many virtual events that weekend, most notably those organized by EarthDay.org, which is also the best resource to find events, online or in person, in your corner of the country. We at Grow Together challenge you to choose one thing to change in your life to protect the earth, and stick with it. One day, it’ll become habitual!