Along with being a foodie, I also sign tons of petitions, volunteer in the community where I can, or send letters to the government to get my voice heard about animal, human, and environmental rights (if it can be called that.) If you’ve ever been in the situation where you’ve recognized that others need help out there, that the Earth is in a global extinction and needs to be preserved, that animals and humans regularly have their rights taken away from them-if you’ve noticed these problems (which, unless you live under a rock like Patrick Star, you probably have), it might’ve struck you: what can I do about it? That’s the same thought I had when I first realized that I needed to be part of the solution. The first step for me? Scour online for anything I could do without leaving my home (let’s face it, many of us don’t have time to spend a whole day out petitioning for the planet. But you can make a big difference from the internet as well.) I subscribed everywhere there was an opportunity to make a difference. I constantly receive petition updates, and a lot of them are in our favor! Getting a huge group of citizens to just click “sign” shows that somebody cares, and was enough to make a difference in many places. I’ve made a list of the different sites you can visit today to get started and help make this world a better place!
Here, you can start your own petition, or browse others, varying from “Bring 100 Palestinian Children to Canada for Desperately Needed Medical Attention” to helping girls in third world countries get an education!
This is about the same thing as #1, just a different site with different petitions
This site has a click once a day method, with the clicks donating to places like homeless veterans, food for animals, or giving an education to those who need it (the money goes towards buying books in that case.) I subscribe to every one of them, and take five minutes of my day to click all of them once. Here are the causes you can donate towards with just a click:
Same concept as #4, but a different site with the money going to different places. Here’s what you can help with:
Children In Need: http://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/children/
Big Cat Habitat (lions, tigers habitat): http://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/big-cats/
Breast Cancer: http://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/breast-cancer/
Save Baby Seals: http://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/seals/
Animal Rescue: http://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/animal-rescue/
Save Oceans: http://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/oceans/
Feed A Rescued Primate (like an ape): http://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/primates/
Stop Violence Against Women: http://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/violence-against-women/
Protect Threatened Wolves: http://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/wolves/
Stop Global Warming: http://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/global-warming/
This website is directed towards saving animals and wildlife, through petitions, meetings, and other events (if you live in the same area an event is located at, go and support it!) If you just want to help online, sign the petitions!
Once you join a specific group, such as raising awareness for autism or climate change in Africa, then that group will tweet for you (regarding their issue) once a day (you have to sign in to twitter, if you have one.) This raises awareness for different problems, and you don’t even have to do anything! If you don’t want your Twitter page filled with these, then make an account just for this, and follow tons of people so these tweets reach them too. Then sit back and never touch it again-let them tweet everyday for you.
This site provides ways to help out, donates your money to stopping animal cruelty (if you donate), and has petitions or pledges you can take. You can join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade to receive updates when they need your help. Plus, here’s ways to help animals locally.
This is a site dedicated to ending modern day slavery. Sign up for free with your email address, and you will receive updates on petitions you can sign and take action in!
Craig Kielburger started Free The Children as a teenager, and it’s grown into a worldwide foundation, and has many options to help out with, such as:
Celebrate For Change: “Celebrate the birthdays of invisible children while you celebrate your own. You throw a party that raises awareness about these children and raises funds for Free The Children’s Adopt a Village program.” You receive a party kit when you choose to participate! What better way to help others?
We Create Change: Join this group and once you collect $50 in coins, Freethechildren will send it to a family in need, and it will buy them a goat, which is a precious resource in third world countries. (This is the only link on here in which you need to send money.)
We Scare Hunger: Sign up to collect cans and donate them to an organization in your community.
We Are Silent: Pledge to take a 24 hour vow of silence for the “millions of girls around the world facing poverty, exploitation and the denial of their right to education.”
Bake For Change: Sign up to hold a bake sale fundraiser in your community, and send the donations to “support families in developing communities.”
The best thing on here is being able to volunteer online if you don’t live in NYC! If you have a talent such as being great at web developing, translating, graphic/print design, fundraising, photoshop, coding, social media marketing, photography, or anything else, you can put it to work by using that talent online and helping other through it!
13. Don’t buy, wear, or use anything made with wool, angora, cashmere, pashmina, mohair, silk, leather, camel hair, shearling, alpaca, fleece, down, down feather, fur, fur trim, suede, alligator skin, snakeskin, kangaroo (for shoes-look inside the heel or under the tongue of shoes to find what they are made of.) Purses, blouses, pants, sweaters, coats, belts, ties, hats, scarves, blankets, pillows-just please make sure not to buy anything made with these materials. That supports these industries, which rip the fur off of live animals, and leave them to die, or with geese, they stitch the geese back up carelessly after ripping out their feathers. With rabbits, they shriek in pain as workers sit on them and rip out their fur, without any anesthesia. They don’t deserve this. If you must, please buy faux leather, faux fur, or other man made and synthetic items, including polyester, polyester fleece, acrylic, cotton, jersey, linen, nylon, rayon, microfiber, pleather, canvas, synthetic down, down alternative, PrimaLoft, Thinsulate, GoreTex, Polartec Wind Pro, Thermolite, viscose, Tencel, twill, denim, and cotton flannel. Click here to read about the fur industry, here for the leather industry, here for the wool industry, here for the angora industry, here for the down feather industry, and here for other clothing industries. Innocent animals do not deserve to die for us to wear clothing-fashion has many other alternatives.
14. Share campaigns or petitions on social media-it’s the quickest way to raise awareness. Or, just post this link on your Twitter or Facebook so others can read about how they can help just by sitting on their computer!
15. Don’t buy from companies that test on animals. This includes: Estee Lauder, Avon, Mary Kay, Bounty, Cascade, Charmin, Covergirl, Crest, Downy, Duracell, Febreze, Folgers, Gillette, Iams, Head and Shoulders, Swiffer, Vicks, Pantene, Old Spice, and Oral-B. There are more on the picture below. There are many companies that sell the same things, so choose those instead. Here is an extensive list of companies that test on animals. There are LOTS, but even if you stop buying from some of these companies, it will help. Here is a list of companies that don’t test on animals.
16. The last thing you can do to help is to go vegan (or, like me, eat vegan as much as you can.) There are so many alternatives to meat, eggs, and dairy that give the same texture and taste. Animals should not suffer for our appetites. Read here about the meat industry, why go vegan (or maybe 5-6 days a week vegan), the organic and free range myth, and help save the lives of these poor, innocent animals. Click here for extra info.