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Five Eco-Friendly Charities That You Should Consider Donating To

  • By Emilia Wik
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Search for “Earth quotations” on Google Images and you’ll soon see one image that says:

 

There is no Planet B.

 

And whilst this slightly tongue-in-cheek phrase gets bandied around across the internet, the fact remains that with each passing year we are becoming more aware of our harmful impact humans have on our planet and the animals living here.

 

But how do we go about changing this and doing our bit for the future? By turning to the groups and charities that spend their money wisely on finding solutions. From animal rights defenders to UK litter pickers, there are so many ways to protect our world and its creatures. We’ve selected five of our favourite charities to talk about, so that the next time you’re considering donating or stepping out to volunteer you know exactly where to start. Let’s make a change!

 

Keep Britain Tidy

Who they are

Registered back in 1960, Keep Britain Tidy’s iconic “Tidyman” can be spotted across bins and packaging throughout the UK, reminding people for nearly 60 years to throw away their waste responsibly. The independent charity has three goals - to eliminate litter, end waste and improve places - and they certainly don’t ‘mess’ about. To achieve their three goals, they have a team of #LitterHeroes that regularly clean up beaches, parks and streets, not to mention countless volunteers that work 12 months a year to tackle the worst spots in the country. Clearing up litter in the UK costs millions of pounds every year, and so this charity aims to cut down on the expense by taking things into their own hands.

 

Why they’re worth shouting about

Keep Britain Tidy believe in thinking big, and aren’t afraid to reach out and ask people for help. This year a record number of volunteers signed up to clean up the country for the Great British Spring Clean. Over 374,000 people donning their rubber gloves and overalls to pick up litter in one of 13,500 events held across the country. Keep Britain Tidy now aims to educate young people by running the world’s biggest schools’ environmental education programme called Eco-Schools. They believe that by spreading the word with our younger generations, we can ensure that unnecessary litter becomes a thing of the past.

Visit KeepBritainTidy.org

 

Cruelty Free International

Who they are

The Body Shop’s partner of choice and a firm favourite here at BYEM, London-based animal rights charity Cruelty Free International works to end animal experiments worldwide and find more eco-friendly solutions to cosmetic production. Millions of animals are tested on and used for experiments every year, but this charity aims to eradicate such cruelties. They do this by investigating and exposing the reality of life for animals in laboratories. They challenge decision-makers to make a positive difference for animals. And they champion better environmentally responsible science and cruelty-free living.

 

Why they’re worth shouting about

This charity certainly doesn’t hold back on getting their voices heard. Only a few short weeks ago, the Cruelty Free International team took a staggering 8.3 million voices from around the world to the United Nations Headquarters in New York to mark World Animal Day. Over 8 million people had signed a petition to speak up for animal rights and make a stand against cruel cosmetics testing on animals.

 

Visit CrueltyFreeInternational.org 

 

Greenpeace

 

Who they are

Pioneering change in the world’s climate, forests, oceans and peace-keeping, Greenpeace was founded in 1971 by a small group of anti-war protesters taking nonviolent direct action against US nuclear weapons testing. Little did they know that this first campaign would lead to The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and eventually establish Greenpeace as one of the most recognisable eco-friendly charities in the world. Since the 70s, their original group has grown.  Greenpeace now has the support of an amazing 2.8 million people worldwide, winning hundreds of successes in their campaigns for a greener and more peaceful world.

 

Why they’re worth shouting about

Provoking change is the Greenpeace way of working, and it makes them very effective. Their charity intervenes at the point where their actions are most likely to provoke positive change – whether this is intervening at the point of an environmental crime, targeting those who have the power to make a difference, engaging people and communities who can leverage change, or working for the adoption of environmentally responsible and socially just solutions. Usually, their campaigns involve elements of all of these tactics, and it’s inspired millions across the globe to do the same.

 

Visit GreenPeace.org

 

WWF

Who they are

If you’re familiar with the WWF panda logo, then you’ll have already been introduced to the world’s leading independent conservation organisation.  WWF’s mission is to create a world where people and wildlife can thrive together. To achieve this, they strive to find ways to transform the future for the world’s wildlife, rivers, forests and seas; push for a reduction in carbon emissions that will avoid catastrophic climate change; and pressing for measures to help people live sustainably, within the means of our one planet.

 

Why they’re worth shouting about

WWF’s website makes a clear statement. They say that not making a choice is a choice. Here at BYEM, we totally agree. WWF make the slightly harrowing yet important observation that we are the first generation to know we are destroying the world, and we’re also the last that can do anything about it. Because of this, they look for quirky and innovative ways to bring awareness to the cause, such as inviting designers to create clothing for them, bringing in celebrities for endorsements as well as turning to governments to bring the biggest impact possible. They even have a visitor and education centre at their UK headquarters - the Living Planet in Woking for people to pop in.

 

Visit WWF.org.uk

 

Friends of the Earth

 

Who they are

The largest grassroots environmental campaigning community in the UK, Friends of the Earth sprang to life in 1971. Their starting founders gathered thousands of empty bottles and returned them to the London HQ of Cadbury Schweppes in a peaceful, eye-catching way of encouraging re-use. Such effective campaigning has continued ever since, and they now have local groups in around 200 neighbourhoods across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Their main focus is to protect people’s homes and local environment, as well as promoting safe and healthy food and water everywhere.From cracking down on bee-harming pesticides, to bringing in energy-saving efforts to private homes, Friends of the Earth work with local groups, experts, business leaders and politicians to push for all kinds of change.

 

Why they’re worth shouting about

Friends of the Earth’s goal is that by 2030, the next generation will be able to enjoy an environment that is getting better: a safer climate, flourishing nature, as well as healthy air, water and food. We can’t argue with that!

 

Visit FriendsOfTheEarth.uk

 

 

 

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