Posts Tagged ‘Jessica Biel’

Summit on the Summit

We were just talking about climbing Mt Kilimanjaro at my house last night–a dream plan that is still on my list of things to do. It’s no wonder, then, that this project makes me jealous, but also inspired.

A group of young celebrities, including Emile Hirsch, Jessica Biel, Elizabeth Gore, Alexandra Cousteau, Lupe Fiasco, Kenna, and more, climbed Kili early in January to raise funds and awareness for safe drinking water programs around the world. The website for Summit on the Summit has about a zillion bells and whistles, but allowed us to follow along with each day’s progress up to the 19,340-foot top of the mountain. Video and blog posts recorded the upward progress, and numerous interactive portals gave information about the global water crisis. The climb is over, but the site is still active, and a great way to dig into a deeper knowledge about saving lives with clean water.

Over one billion people do not have daily access to clean, safe drinking water, and without water, not other aspect of life can be optimal (and survival itself cannot last long).

A documentary film of the climb comes out March 14, broadcast on MTV. Until then, explore the site, donate some dollars to clean water, and, perhaps most importantly, think of creative ways to use the major undertakings in your life to support the things you care about. Running a 5K race? Even if it isn’t a charitable event, you can still ask friends to sponsor you with a dollar amount for each kilometer, then donate it to your charity of choice. Losing weight? What if family and friends sponsor your health goals AND your charity by donating an amount for every pound you drop? Wouldn’t it be inspiring if you used the opportunity to make a difference in your own world to also make a difference for everyone?

Redefine Christmas

I love that there’s a real, tangible movement these days to open hearts and exchange some of the materialism of the Christmas season for a greater sense of charity. Of course there is an annual lament for the way the holiday gets branded into oblivion and how red and green department store decorations show up before Halloween candy is even stocked, but there’s a nice, attention grabbing celebrity movement encouraging us to give charitably this year.

Redefine Christmas (also connected to Just Give and Changing the Present: The Thought That Counts) not only brings us video and audio messages from stars encouraging us to ask family and friends to replace at least one gift they might normally purchase for us with, instead, a donation to a charity…there are also user-friendly ways to do just that from the website(s). Send an electronic message/card suggesting the idea to your loved ones, look for your favorite charity or cause or peruse the databanks to find a new passion, and easily spread the word via social networking. Encouragement comes from the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Martha Stewart, Sting, Bonnie Raitt, Jessica Biel, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Harry Connick Jr., and more.

You may be wrapping up (literally) the last of your shopping, however…one less gift under your own tree may not make much of a difference in your living room, but can completely shift the world for another.