Crowdfunding for environmental projects provides us all with an active way to save the world.
A World and Climate in Flux
Climate change isn’t a hoax, its as real as our existence. we can see it but just choose to ignore it. The clock is ticking and we need to do something before it gets too late. The data is indisputable and piling up daily. Earth is the only planet we have, and it is under attack. Human-made global warming and climate change are jeopardizing the very lives of generations to come. The battlefield is our environment, and the battle is now. The green crowd has stepped forward as this generation’s warrior elite.
A Call to Action
No one person can save our planet, but all people coming together as a global community can lead to our world’s salvation. But how do we sign-up to make that crucial difference? How do we become a part of the greater good? We need a vehicle to drive our collaboration, to pool our resources together so we can work towards saving our world.
Crowdfunding for conservation solutions that are workable and necessary is a way in which we can all make a significant contribution towards saving Earth.
Here are examples of fundraisers started for environmental causes:
• The Yellow Bag is an initiative that seeks to replace hazardous plastic bags with eco-friendly, cotton bags. The initiative also conducts student and community-based seminars and awareness programs about the hazards of using plastic bags.
Based out of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, the Yellow Bag provides employment to 25 women from rural or underprivileged backgrounds by engaging them to stitch cloth bags that can be used again and again, unlike plastic bags that are often dumped after just one use. Through their crowdfunding page on Ketto, they were able to raise Rs.63,601 via 27 supporters to further their cause.
• India’s First Private Sanctuary- SAI Sanctuary located in the Western Ghats in South India is India’s first private sanctuary that started with an initial purchase of 55 acres in 1991 and has now grown to more than 300 acres in land area.
An important ‘hot spot’ of biodiversity, this sanctuary has been called Noah’s ark by an Oxford University scientist and is home to a wide variety of Indian flora and fauna. Through her crowdfunding page, campaigner Pamela Malhotra wanted to raise funds to help them set up camera traps to guard the animals from poachers and to also check on their progress. She successfully raised Rs.1, 07,373 on Ketto.
• Mr. Yogi Arvind started a fundraiser to raise funds so he can plant 10 million Ayurvedic trees in the drought-hit regions of Marathwada and other parts of India. Yogi Arvind has been on a mission to plant more medicinal trees and plants along with raising awareness about the benefits of Ayurvedic remedies.
He and his team have already conducted initial experiments concerning soil patterns, water management and suitable varieties of plants. They have already planted around 3000 trees and now plan to expand their project on a larger scale by setting up a nursery. Their crowdfunding page raised Rs. 79,511 via 20 supporters.
• Mission Antarctica was set up to support Arjun Menon, a travel and lifestyle photographer, on his expedition to Antarctica under the guidance of Robert Swan, an environmentalist who has dedicated his life to the preservation and conservation of the fragile ecosystem of Antarctica.
Arjun Menon was selected to be a part of the ‘Leadership on edge’ program, which sought to inspire a new generation of leaders who would campaign for sustainability. Mission Antarctica raised Rs. 3, 68,770 via 88 supporters to fund his expedition to the icy landscape of Antarctica.
A Bright Future
Through green crowdfunding, we can play a significant role in ensuring a positive future for the world and its inhabitants. We can pool our resources together and become a part of something that is bigger than each one of us; we do something for the greater good that can give our children and countless future generations a world that is rich in resources for their survival.
Our future is in our hands, start a fundraiser for the cause you want to make a difference to.