Money where my mouth is

posted on: Tuesday, 30 December 2014

One of charity:water's amazing clean water projects

Ask me what I really care about and I'll simply consult what I opened my wallet for. In 2014, these are the four outstanding projects I surprised myself by contributing to...

A few years ago I went to a conference in Melbourne and, as I was then working for a water company, I randomly attended a talk titled charity:water. The two had very little in common, but the talk by Paull Young, an Aussie who works for the New York-based charity, blew me away. charity:water provides wells to communities around the world to provide clean drinking water and they use GPS trackers to allow supporters to watch the projects progress.  I contributed to Paull Young's 30th birthday campaign where he set out raise $30,000 to build a new well in Orissa, India. Unbelievably, he surpassed his goal and as always, the results were shared with all involved

My man Leo B

To stop myself being sucked into an internet vortex on a daily basis, I only ever read four blogs and Leo Babuta's Zen Habits is a favourite. I knew his Zen Habits book project would get off the ground quickly because he has over a million followers including Barack Obama, but I supported the project particularly to thank you for all the blog articles he shares freely every week. His new book recounts what he's learned about using Zen skills to change some of his worst habits like smoking, not exercising and being in debt. His overall message is that getting your life into balance contributes to your own and the collective peace.

Rohan Anderson from Whole Larder Love's community Nursery Project

After watching Rohan's rousing DoSomething Lecture and reading his Whole Larder Love cook book, I was keen to support The Nursery Project. Basically he is an ex-buyer from Coles who decided he wanted to stop consuming and selling shit food (his words!). So he set off to learn how to actually do that and now he is sharing how to do that with anyone who is interested. 

Saving precious seeds through the Avaaz online seed exchange

Ten agro-chemical firms own 73% of the world's seeds and as many as 93% of seed varieties have gone extinct in favour of cheap crop monocultures. Corn anyone? The Avaaz global non-profit Seed Exchange allows any of us to source a wide variety of seeds for free, providing resistance to those chilling companies who manufacture genetically modified seeds that stop producing after one season  (the polar opposite of The Sunflower Economy).

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