The Greater Good

I’ve watched a few documentaries or specials recently which have left me feeling pretty helpless. If so much is wrong, and there’s so much misinformation, how do we wade through and get the truth and do something that actually has an impact?

One such documentary was Blackfish. (Yes, I’m a good couple of months /years behind the times on this one.) I don’t really like just watching or reading from a single source and deciding (too much weight on potential bias), so I’ve also been reading the information on Skeptoid and Sea World‘s sites.

Truthfully, I don’t feel comfortable weighing in on how credible Blackfish should be considered. But I do feel very uncomfortable with the idea of such intelligent and large animals being confined to such small enclosures for entertainment purposes.

With that said, what the documentary really did for me was make me start thinking about what an individual can do. Many of us care, but don’t have the free time or spare cash to really get involved on a large scale. (And if we can – how do we choose which campaigns to be involved in?)

haveapint I don’t want the answer to be “nothing”.

Happily, I don’t think that is the answer.

There are a couple of things I think most of us can do, pretty easily, without disrupting our everyday schedules.

There’s a website called Greater Good. The idea behind the site is you click each day and the ad revenue from your visit goes toward each cause. (Please whitelist the site or disable your ad blocker for the donation to work – there’s no pop-ups, just embedded ads.)

The causes Greater Good feature regularly are:

  1. Hunger
  2. Breast Cancer
  3. Animals
  4. Veterans
  5. Autism
  6. Alzheimer’s
  7. Diabetes
  8. Literacy
  9. Rainforest

As well as a changing daily cause – which has recently been therapy sessions for children, food and blankets for donkeys, etc.

That’s it! You click each site’s button, let the page load, and move on to the next one – and you can do it everyday. (To remind myself, I’ve set Greater Good as my homepage).

For full disclosure, here are a couple of write ups about ‘The Hunger Site’ (as it was originally known back in 1999 when it launched):

Snopes Page

Serious Givers – Quick Digging about GreaterGood.com

So as a closing disclaimer: Greater Good is a commercial entity, but financial reports suggest they are donating – it’s just unclear whether or not those donations are 100% of revenue raised. In this case, though, it takes maybe a minute a day, and the donation statistics are listed on each site – for example, they reportedly saved 6,779.5 acres of rainforest land in 2014.

 

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