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Getting Some Green for Your Green: Giving to Reverse Climate Change

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The end of the year is traditionally a time for giving -- money. Since people want some bang for their buck, some green for their green, I have compiled my list of 12 organizations that I recommend this year for your end-of-year donations. They are a dozen non-profits that I believe are doing critical work toward reversing climate change. The hyperlinks below take you to the donation page, but please check-out these groups and their work for yourself by visiting their websites. I also included a renewable energy company to help you minimize your carbon footprint in the New Year.

Climate Ground Zero -- If you're seeking the single, most effective way to reverse climate change, it would be to stop building, even dismantle coal-fired power plants. Climate Ground Zero is not another environmental organization. It's an ongoing campaign of non-violent, civil disobedience in southern West Virginia to stop mountain top removal coal mining. They are currently working to stop Massey Coal from destroying Coal River Mountain, where local people prefer to build an industrial wind farm, which cannot be built if Massey Coal blows up the mountain in search of dirty coal. The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition is another worthy group working on the issue and deserving of your support.

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Center for Climate Strategies -- While we must ultimately have a federal solution, you've likely heard that progress is being made on the state level on climate legislation and plans for reducing greenhouse gases. The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) has been the catalyst for much of that work by helping many public officials and stakeholders in the United States and other countries respond to the challenges posed by global warming and related opportunities for economic development, clean energy, and a safer environment. They have helped more than 42 U.S. states, territories and foreign governments by offering a host of solutions like: energy efficiency and conservation; clean, renewable energy supplies; transportation and land use improvement; and forest and farm conservation.

Native Forest Council -- Another of the most effective ways to reverse climate change is to stop deforestation and destructive land management practices, like drilling for fossil fuels. The Native Forest Council's mission is to fully protect and preserve every acre of publicly-owned land in the U.S. They believe a sound economy and a sound environment need not be incompatible, and that current land management practices are devastating to both. They are working to stop logging, mining, grazing and drilling on our public lands, all of which contribute to the destruction and degradation of air quality, wildlife habitat, and of our wilderness areas.

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Public Citizen -- is part of a coalition of environmental organizations that are opposing the pending, federal climate legislation, Boxer-Kerry in the U.S. Senate and Waxman-Markey in the U.S. House, because they do not believe it will reverse climate change. They believe that the greenhouse gas cuts and "solutions" like cap and trade in the legislation are inadequate. They offer ideas like a carbon tax that they believe will work. Public Citizen also advocates for consumers on a host of other issues. With their bold, grassroots, big-banner approach to direct action, Greenpeace is getting the word out on the need for urgent action on climate, opposing current U.S. climate legislation, rallying an alternative voice in the UNFCC's Copenhagen talks and working for real solutions.

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Karyn Strickler is a political scientist, grassroots organizer and writer. She is founder and president of Vote Climate U.S. PAC, working to elect candidates to get off fossil fuels and put a price on carbon. Karyn is the former host and (more...)

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