I Have Not Been Paid For This Post
As 2011 comes to a close, many of us are talking about “New Year’s Resolutions”. May I make a suggestion? As of January 1st, 2012, consider making regular donations to environmental organizations.
During the Keystone XL pipeline debate, I heard a public relations officer for TransCanada (the company that wants to build the pipeline in question) refer to the people fighting against the pipeline as the “well-funded environmental lobby”. Ha! That’s a good one. Non-profit groups such as the David Suzuki Foundation, The Sierra Club of Canada, and many others around the world depend on donations to do what they do. And they are up against hugely profitable, for-profit, corporations.
For example, according to its annual report, the David Suzuki Foundation received $7,5 million in donations and grants during the year 2010. That same year, the American oil company ExxonMobil, which will begin extracting oil from our Tar Sands in the very near future, made $380 billion (with a “b”) dollars in revenue, which added up $30 billion in profit. Who do you think has more money for TV ads and political donations?
If you know an environmental group that you trust and respect, or if there are environmental web sites that you frequently visit which accept donations (for example, Grist.org or storyofstuff.com), please consider donating to them in 2012. The work they do educating the public and lobbying our governments for the sake of our environment is incredibly important. And they can only do that work with the help of our donations.
Thanks and Happy New Year everybody!