Give Back to Help the Earth on Giving Tuesday
You may have heard of it — a day in the midst of holiday
shopping and the frenzy that accompanies it that encourages people to
stop, take a deep breath and give back. It’s Giving Tuesday, December 2,
Founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, this global movement has engaged more than 10,000 organizations worldwide. The Delta Zeta blog gives more information here.
The rationale for Giving Tuesday is this: “We have a day for
giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have
#GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday,
December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers,
and students around the world will come together for one common purpose:
to celebrate generosity and to give.” (http://www.givingtuesday.org/)
Pink Goes Green loves this idea, and we urge our followers to
think about the Earth on Giving Tuesday. Why not start on Black Friday
(or Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, for those stores that will be open for
shopping)? While many people are preoccupied with all of the great deals
they are going to find on these designated shopping days, we need to
stop and think how quickly our buys will fall by the wayside once they
are used or replaced with the next great product.
We’ve discussed this topic here at Pink Goes Green (Make Black Friday Green Friday), and The Story of Stuff
makes a great case for “buying less and living more." (Find more at Grist's Buy Nothing groups here.)
You can also start your Giving
Tuesday by giving to organizations that
preserve our planet (whether by volunteering or donations). And don’t
forget that the best gifts are the ones that make a difference. Make
donations in the names of those on your gift list to causes that support
sustaining the health of the Earth.
Make #GivingTuesday a day to give back to the planet that nurtures us!