Environmental Action Resources & Places We Donate To

Be a part of real change.

"The Earth is what we all have in common."
- Wendell Berry

You’re at the Starting Line

As runners, we know that taking on a challenge can be daunting, whether that’s participating in a race or trying to run farther than you have before.  It can help to have process goals, rather than focusing on the outcome.  Understanding what our actions can accomplish (easy runs = aerobic gains) can help keep us motivated.  And sometimes we recognize that certain things are too big for us to fix on our own, so we consult someone who’s in a better position to help.

Addressing environmental issues is remarkably similar.  If we decide that our goal is to save the planet, we’ll quickly become overwhelmed.  But if we break down what we can do to help the environment into realistic process goals and understand the benefits of our actions, we’re much more likely to keep going.  And when the issue is beyond our scope, we turn to organizations and our governing bodies and seek their assistance. 

Through the resources here we hope that we can make it easier for you to determine some goals to pursue, recognize the value of what you do, and get in touch with others who can help us on this journey.  Voting for candidates who prioritize the environment at local, state, and national levels is a great place to start, and you’ll find plenty of other ideas here.

  • Protect Our Winters– Nonprofit focusing on legislation regarding climate change.
  • Sunrise Movement – youth-led political movement coordinated by Sunrise, a 501c political action organization that advocates political action on climate change.
  • The Climate Mobilization
  • The Coalition for Rainforest Nations -intergovernmental organization of over 50 rainforest nations around the world. partners directly with governments and communities to protect their rainforests.
  • The Clean Air Task Force – NGO to reduce air pollution caused by coal-fired power plants in the US, helped limit the US power sector’s CO2 emissions, established regulations of diesel, shipping, and methane emissions.
  •  Information Technology and Innovative Foundation, think tank, Clean Energy Innovation program- smart clean energy research and development and the effectiveness of increasing spending in that space, advises policymakers.
  • Rainforest Foundation US works to protect the rainforests of Central and South America by partnering with indigenous people trying to protect their lands in Brazil, Peru, Panama, and Guyana. The foundation supplies them with legal support as well as technological equipment and training so they can use smartphones, drones, and satellites to monitor illegal loggers and miners, and take action to stop them.
  • Sandbag is a nonprofit think tank that builds evidence-based climate policy. Advocating for carbon capture and storage in the EU, pushes for strong carbon pricing, and works to accelerate the coal phase-out in Europe so as to ensure all plants are closed before 2030.
  • Extinction Rebellion global environmental movement using nonviolent civil disobedience to compel government action to avoid tipping points in the climate system, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse.
  • The Climate Emergency Fund has a goal of quickly getting money to groups engaged in climate activism.
  • 350.org supports community-led energy solutions, is trying to stop and ban all oil, coal and gas projects from being built through local resolutions and community resistance, and trying to stop the financing of fossil fuel companies.
  • Kitchen
    – Bamboo dish brush (Zero Waste Store)
    – Dish soap (Blueland)
    – Salad spinner so you can buy greens that come without the packaging and easily wash them at home. Find locally or on Amazon.
  • Bathroom
    – Bamboo Toothbrushes (Brush with Bamboo)
    – Toothpaste bites (Bite)
    – Hand soap tablets (Blueland)
    – Shampoo and conditioner bars (Zero Waste Store)
    – Bath soap bars (Dr. Bronners generally has soap bars at your local grocery store or find other soap bars at Zero Waste Store.)