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I’m not just a tree hugger; I’m a tree kisser.

Okay — admittedly, I don’t actually kiss trees all that often (finding them to be rather rough and cool to the touch), but I have an abiding passion for trees, and for the natural world in general. Growing up in the then-small town of Sebastopol in northern California, I had old, untamed apple orchards and open fields for playgrounds. My brother and sister and I spent our leisure time tunneling in the tall grass and climbing trees. We didn’t play video games or watch television; our recreation was the wild outdoors.

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John J.November 18, 2010 - 12:00 am

I wont say I’m particularly passionate about it, but the idea of microloans for women in developing countries has always seemed like a brilliant idea to me.

Giving women who are traditionally denied it access to capital and thus the means of providing for their families can help disrupt patriarchal power structures and put income in the hands of people who won’t drink it away or spend it on guns but rather spend it on feeding, clothing, and educating children… helping to break the cycle of poverty.

An added benefit is that it’s a loan, not charity. It a way to help people and let them keep their pride.

While not traditionally considered a “eco” cause, it’s worth noting that people who are running their own businesses are less likely to be engaged in poaching, illegal logging, and other ecologically damaging pursuits. Poverty is a (if not the) substantial causal factor behind the activities that damage the environment the most.

Either that or Surfriders, whatever :)

Jen WoffindenNovember 18, 2010 - 1:05 am

I would love to see some financial assistance go to There are thousands and thousands of dolphins being corralled and trapped into a cove in Taiji, Japan then slaughtered viciously for sport. It is important to spread awareness about what’s going on over there to stop the senseless killing of these intelligent and innocent creatures.

Katie CiancettaNovember 19, 2010 - 2:24 am

This is the environmental education center my uncle started. It’s a farm where students can go and learn about sustainable farming practices. Noel basically donates all of the produce. He just thinks it’s so incredibly important to teach our kids compassion and awareness of our little blue planet. I’m a bit worried about its future because he just had a pretty severe stroke. He’s recovering pretty well, but it’s going to be quite a while before he’ll be back to working on this farm, teaching about sustainability, and fund raising for this beautiful place.

Katie CiancettaNovember 19, 2010 - 2:26 am

Just noticed that the website didn’t post on the blog – ooops. It’s .

Jen HechtNovember 19, 2010 - 5:30 am

I love all of these suggestions so far – keep them coming!! Do you know any friends who are big enviro-nerds? Send ‘em this way! :)

JTNovember 19, 2010 - 10:05 pm

My choice for a green non-profit in Oregon would be the Oregon Toxics Alliance because I use to serve on the board of directors for them. They help raise awareness about air toxics in Oregon through public education, media events, etc.

Their website is


Emily BNovember 22, 2010 - 9:02 am

I finally watched The Cove and I can succinctly say that I am with JW on her choice. Becki agrees as well.

Jen HechtNovember 22, 2010 - 11:30 pm

Recycled Bride says:

Thanks Jen, and congrats on your decision to donate 5% to the environment! We love Global Green USA (and donate 15% of ad revenue to them), and you can also check out Both really brilliant environmental charities that do fantastic work!

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