A while back I wrote about my Charitable Drip System, where I pledged a penny per (paid) word of my blogging to charity. Well, I am happy to announce – albeit belatedly! – that I sent a check in the amount of $73.98 to The Nature Conservancy. One could snicker at this tawdry amount; but then, most great things are not only accomplished in small parts, but take the efforts of many. Watch Will Smith describe how he and his brother built an impressive wall when they were children…brick by tenacious brick.
“We shall never achieve harmony with the land, anymore than we shall achieve absolute justice or liberty for people. In these higher aspirations the important thing is not to achieve but to strive.” Aldo Leopold (Round River: From the Journals of Aldo Leopold)
I have many causes that I support and care about deeply. TNC is long-running for me, and I feel that their work benefits not only flora and fauna worldwide, but people, too, in that they preserve entire eco-systems by purchasing massive tracts of land outright. In this way, the lands in their care are not subject to the fickle whims of governments and communities who change priorities and protections as often as Facebook changes their format. For nearly 60 years they have been successfully keeping greedy, exploitive mitts off lands that are critical in supporting precious life. They are science-based, and they work with people and communities, creating solutions for land, forest, and live-stock management and more, as well as educating us silly folk. I have yet so much to learn. Please visit The Nature Conservancy site for a more comprehensive (and eloquent!) overview of their ambitious and effective efforts. They rock.
A BIG thank you goes to those who support me both on this blog, and today especially to those who have paid me for my blogessness, enabling me to contribute my drops. I encourage you all to not wait until you can give bodaciously. Trust me, even just texting $5 or $10 to an urgent cause can help so much, and can uplift your spirit that day. An what better day to have your spirit uplifted than on Halloween? What have been your favorite small contributions?
If you enjoyed this post and it’s premise, you might also like to see this uber cool interview of me by Annemarie Dooling ( @TravelingAnna on Twitter ) in the Huffington Post…..Did I manage to sound cool when I said that? ‘Cause I’m so thrilled! *happy jig* It was really fun to meet her and get to know a fellow passionate travelista. If you can stomach yet another link, she shares her travel and food adventures in her Frill Seeker Diaries.
All photos by G. Stark