Don’t give in to the urge to hibernate this winter! EarthShare member charities are sponsoring all sorts of holiday-themed events and projects to connect you to nature this season. Here’s a sampling of what they’re up to:
Give gifts that get your kids outside this season with National Wildlife Federation’s list of top holiday gifts for outdoor play.
You could be part of the largest, longest-running animal census on the planet by joining of Audubon’s best-known traditions: the Christmas Bird Count from December 14 – January 5. Begun in 1900 as an alternative to Christmas Day bird hunts, the CBC has become a powerful force for the birds. Learn how to participate here.
Surfrider Foundation and Firewire Surfboards have teamed up to trash your holidays! Between now and December 21st, create a beach litter-themed holiday ornament and post a picture of it up on Instagram with the hashtag #trashyholidays. Be the grand prize winner and we will send you a new Firewire surfboard!
Green America’s 28-page tablet-and-iPhone-friendly Green Gift Guide features offers from businesses featured in the just-published 2013 National Green Pages. Turn to this guide all year long whenever you need green gift ideas, and start now to find discounts on gifts for Solstice, Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and the New Year.
The holidays are our peak chocolate eating season. Any chocolate enjoyed in the US is likely to contain cocoa grown in Côte d’Ivoire, the world’s largest cocoa producer. And cocoa beans from Côte d’Ivoire are now increasingly likely to be grown on Rainforest Alliance Certified farms. Make sure your chocolate, and other foods, come with the Rainforest Alliance seal of approval by clicking here.
Bright and beautiful holiday Give-A-Tree Cards from the Arbor Day Foundation do more than send greetings of the season—every card plants a tree!
Now through noon December 21, those who visit aqua.org to purchase any full price National Aquarium ticket for a December visit, make a donation of at least $25, purchase or renew their membership, adopt an animal through Aquadopt, or buy a gift ticket will be automatically be entered to win a once-in-a-lifetime Amazing Experience at the aquarium.
Brighten your day with this cool new Christmas reggae jingle from Earth University.
Frank Lowenstein, director of climate adaptation for The Nature Conservancy, solves the age-old debate: real Christmas trees are a better choice for your family and the environment than artificial trees. Watch the video to hear why Frank chooses real trees.
The Wilderness Society: Professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones continues to revolutionize his sport by exploring some of the world's most remote mountain terrain. He uses snowboarding to raise awareness about climate change and the need to protect America’s wildest places—like California’s Sierra Nevada. Check out this exclusive video produced by Teton Gravity Research—and then go find your own wilderness this winter.