Posts Tagged ‘Natural Resources Defense Council’

Major League Baseball Charities

So…baseball…seems it’s starting up or some such thing. Have you heard? Probably not since everyone keeps so quiet about it.

Hot dog and warm beer consumption is about to skyrocket, but in addition to getting hoarse from yelling and a major sunburn, your support of the teams of the Major League ripples outward and becomes support of a whole slew of charitable organizations on local, national, and international levels. The Major League Baseball Charities focus is particularly on the promotion of good health, physical education, public safety, medical research, and literacy. The official baseball charity is Boys & Girls Clubs of America, but there are plenty of other organizations getting support from local teams and the league as a whole. Some of these are: 4ALS (ALS is knowns as Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T. – providing grants for care for players past and present, and their families), Baseball Tomorrow Fund (promoting baseball for youth), Breaking Barriers (focusing on character education for youth), DrugFree.orgJackie Robinson Foundation (providing higher education for underserved youth), Natural Resources Defense CouncilPlay Sun Smart (partnering with the dermatology field to educate about skin cancer), Stand Up To CancerWelcome Back Veterans, and many more.

So support your team in supporting our communities, and maybe even throw a little love the way of these charities above and beyond the diamond.

Earth Day

happy earth day

Today is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, a chance to take note of where we stand with the planet (worth doing every day, of course).

I’ve just returned from a conference with Condé Nast Traveler’s “World Savers” program, entitled “Doing the Right Thing Now.” It was a fantastic discussion about sustainability and corporate social responsibility with panelists from Goldman Sachs, Blue Hill and Stone Barn restaurants, and the InterContinental Barclay hotel. I found it inspiring to see different ways different sectors of the business world are taking up the gauntlet of environmental responsibility as well as what moderator Dinda Elliott (who blogs about responsible travel at: sees as the next frontier (after the travel industry has done a pretty good job leading the charge on ecology): poverty alleviation and world health. It feels quite “right” to see that huge organizations, as well as the little guys and NGOs, see it as a responsibility, as well as good for the bottom line, to be answerable for our impact. I’ll be digesting much of what I learned for quite some time.

What are YOU doing for Earth Day? Don’t just let it pass as another Thursday–find a way to mark it for yourself, your family, your community (and that includes all of us as a global community–so thank you for what you will do…for me/us).

I had the good luck this morning to sit next to a woman who works with Conservation International, an NGO I can’t wait to learn much more about. From their website:

People depend on nature for many things. A stable climate. Clean air. Fresh water. Abundant food. Cultural resources. And the incalculable additional benefits the world’s biodiversity provides. Conservation International (CI) works to ensure a healthy and productive planet for us all.

Yet economic and infrastructure development, which are so necessary for human well-being, can also have serious impacts on nature. That is why CI is working at every level – from remote villages to the offices of presidents and premiers – to help move whole societies toward a smarter development path.

Through science, policy and field work, we’re applying smart solutions to protect the resources that we all depend on. We help communities, countries and societies protect tropical forests, lush grasslands, rivers, wetlands, abundant lakes and the sea. Only through properly valuing the essential services these ecosystems provide can we create a sustainable development path that will benefit all people for generations to come.

They have some outstanding international initiatives, and it is worth getting involved. Here is a link to ways you can help CI make a difference.

To get a jump start, tonight there is a Green Auction at Christie’s that will help raise funds for CI as well as three other great institutions. A Bid to Save the Earth will support Conservation International, Oceana, Central Park Conservancy, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

You can bid in person or online tonight, as well as bid on silent auction items through May 6—everything from a round of golf with Bill Clinton or a day on the set with Hugh Jackman to a Lexus hybrid or lunch with Vera Wang.

Aside from bidding…reducing, reusing, and recycling…and finding new ways to change your habits of consumption and eco-responsibility…turn off this computer and GET OUTSIDE!!!, wouldya?!

Acid Test

The Natural Resources Defense Council has released a new film, Acid Test, with Sigourney Weaver (you can watch the full 21+ minute film clip above, or follow the link to the site to also learn a lot more).

The crux of Acid Test is a little talked about result of global climate change and the intense amount of carbon gasses we’ve been releasing into the atmosphere since the Inustrial Revolution— the basic Ph balance of our oceans is shifting. The water on our planet is becoming more acidic–and that makes it less hospitable for most of the life currently calling the oceans home. (Like all change in the planet, it may prove that some species thrive in this comparatively harsher environment, or may evolve to survive in acidic waters–but it is certain that many forms of life will not survive if the shift continues).

Scientific experts believe we can stop our slide down this slippery slope and if we commit ourself to taking better care of the planet, we can improve the health and durability of our oceans…but not if we snooze about it and take this challenge on as slowly and lazily as we have been doing thus far.

Take a little time to watch. It will shift your understanding, and that’s always a good thing.