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Do you give financial support to environmental groups?

  1. Jun 10, 2010 #1

    turbo

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    My wife and I support the World Wildlife Fund, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Arbor Day Foundation to try to preserve habitat, fund research and repopulation efforts, and encourage tree-growth. We have a life-time supply of return address labels and little note-pads, though I wish the groups would keep those and put all of our donations toward their causes instead. I know the "freebies" are inexpensive and it would cost the groups more to make exceptions for people who would like to opt out, but it would be nice to opt out of multiple mailings and freebies. Just mail us once a year and collect your check.
     
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  3. Jun 10, 2010 #2

    Chi Meson

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    I have supported Sierra Club, WWF (not the wrestlers), and AMC (of course), along with a few others that come to my door (I have solar panels on my roof--they see that, and their eyes go "ka-CHING"). And yes, I too have more than enough return-address labels.

    I have recently made it a principle to determine that a group must be not anti-nuclear before I support them. That means Sierra is out, and WWF is still in
     
  4. Jun 10, 2010 #3

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    We have given to any number of organizations over the years. But for now, in order to support all environmental causes, all of our donations go to Obama and the Democrats. :biggrin:
     
  5. Jun 10, 2010 #4

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    There is a lot of stuff that needs funding. Since my wife and I both have respiratory conditions, we also support the American Lung Association, though our largest annual and disaster-related donations (by far) are reserved for the Salvation Army. They do a LOT with little money, unlike many aid organizations. After a particularly large check toward Katrina relief, they started dunning us frequently. I asked them to stop, while assuring them that we will help out with other disasters. After our check for their Haiti fund, we got a nice thank-you from the SA, but no more begging. They are good.
     
  6. Jun 10, 2010 #5

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    I give to the local animal shelter.
     
  7. Jun 10, 2010 #6
    Well, I'm a mere 17. The most I've ever donated was about 200$ to Doctors without Borders during a campaign. I'll probably support WWF when I get older.
     
  8. Jun 10, 2010 #7
    I give to the Sierra Club and POST (a local group that buys land and preserves it as open space). But honestly most of my donations go to organizations like Second Harvest.
     
  9. Jun 10, 2010 #8

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    My wife and I do, too. She has been unable to volunteer time because she is caring for an elderly mother with dementia, but when she sees pet food or cleaning products on sale, she'll often pick some up for the shelter. A while back, she was concerned about possible contamination in the raw materials used to make pet treats (think Melamine in Chinese milk-solids), so she started making all of Duke's treats at home, and I took two large shopping bags full of treats to the shelter.
     
  10. Jun 10, 2010 #9

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    No.


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  11. Jun 10, 2010 #10

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    I donate organically-raised seedlings and garlic to the community garden, but that's more a social security net for people in need of good food. Not much money involved - just labor and minimal costs for materials.

    My closest biker-buddy has chosen the local women's and children's shelter as his favorite. He and his wife take extra produce to them to help reduce the shelter's food costs.
     
  12. Jun 10, 2010 #11

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    Heh.. environmental groups. Right about now I think Louisiana seems like a perfect example why they don't work. Just a waste of money to keep Yale types employed at mediocre no-risk management jobs managing volunteers. I say its pathetic.

    Case in point:

    "The Surfrider Foundation was started in Malibu, California in 1984 by a handful of surfers to protest threats to their local surf break at Malibu Point." God dang hippies

    "The Xerces Society is an international non-profit organization that advocates for invertebrates and their habitats by working with scientists, land managers, educators, and citizens on conservation and education projects. Core programs focus on endangered species, native pollinators, and watershed health" Who knew.. invertebrates are endangered species
     
  13. Jun 10, 2010 #12
    Hell no!
     
  14. Jun 10, 2010 #13

    lisab

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    Local food banks, Habitat for Humanity, World Vision, Partners in Health. No environmental groups.
     
  15. Jun 10, 2010 #14
    I am fairly skeptical of the level of return (actual work towards the groups apparent goals) on the money that is donated so I generally do not donate to anything. If I knew some charities that I knew were actually good and did real work with their funds I would donate (when I have money) though I would likely be more inclined to donate to charities for education and literacy.
     
  16. Jun 10, 2010 #15

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    I believe you mean "fallacy in point."

    Do you really mean to imply that since
    A: there is a non-profit group of surfing "hippies," and
    B: Environmental groups did not prevent the rupture of a deep-sea oil well,

    therefore: all environmental groups fall into a certain pejorative stereotype.

    Environmentalism should not be considered sole property of the "left," and people opposite that persuasion should not need to feel the urge to **** on the environment every chance they get.
     
  17. Jun 10, 2010 #16

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    I mean to imply that they are all useless, contrary to their claim to be of use, I believe they do not accomplish any of the goals they set out to accomplish. Sure some of it is a generalization, but overall I haven't seen the environmentalist succeed on getting through on the major news networks and spreading their message.

    Where is Green Peace? I go to their website http://members.greenpeace.org/blog/greenpeaceusa_blog/2010/05/12/volunteer_info_for_gulf_oil_spill click a link on 6 ways to help, and the link is broken!

    I, sir, laugh in disgust now and get back on my couch :)

    Oh I should add, they are better at being wild life photographers than agents of change

    Oh I should add further, I read through their agenda.. http://members.greenpeace.org/action/index.php

    and its laughable. I mean I am literally giggling here. Who comes up with these things?
     
  18. Jun 10, 2010 #17

    Chi Meson

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    I too laugh in disgust. Let's not waste any more time talking to each other, agreed?
     
  19. Jun 10, 2010 #18

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    Oh your heart bleeds, eh? Did you write your Congressman or do some duck cleaning lately?
     
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    No ..
     
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