“Going green” and adopting an environmentally friendly lifestyle may be all the rage, but truly changing your lifestyle and habits can be a challenge. If you know where to look, though, the Internet can be an important part of your sustainable world. The resources in this Web guide explain how to reduce your environmental impact in ways big and small. So get started with green living, and even find out where to connect with other green people and organizations.
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It’s nice to know you’re not the only person out of the world’s six billion who is doing something to throw Mother Nature a bone. The Internet offers so many opportunities to meet new people and participate in environmental activism from the convenience of your home. Use the Web sites recommended below to explore different groups of environmentally conscious people.
- Some environmentalist Web sites provide prewritten letters to send to politicians or corporate executives, and you often have the opportunity to tweak or edit the letter to make it more personalized. Editing a letter makes it less generic and thus more effective.
- Sometimes it’s more beneficial to see the initiatives other people and organizations have taken, rather than reading article after article on the subject. Many environmental activists chronicle their endeavors on their Web sites, making it easy to learn by example.
- Social networking Web sites like MySpace and Facebook have innovative new mediums for people to express their ideas and concerns. Check your preferred social networking site for groups of environmentally conscious members, and make friends with other like-minded folks.
For collective action …
is a gateway to more than 170 advocacy organizations, making it easy to use your computer to help the planet. Visit the “Take Action Now
” section to see a list of campaigns and partners you can support, ordered chronologically by launch date.
Sierra Club Action Center
offers opportunities for online action in the areas of clean energy and water, cutting carbon emissions and protecting endangered species. Register with the site to sign petitions and send prewritten letters to representatives. Track the actions you’ve taken in “Your Action Center.”
highlights global warming, endangered species and forest protection issues that need attention. Sign e-petitions and forward letters to show your support for WWF issues. Choose campaigns specific to certain regions using the world map on the right, or read the “Activist toolkit
” for tips on effective activism.
For online communities …
is widely considered the birthplace of green social networking and has been in existence since 1998. With more than eight million members and loads of groups, online petitions and live discussions, you’ll find plenty of ways to get involved.
is a social networking Web site that hopes to inspire users by creating a space to read about others’ environmental actions. In addition to creating a profile, sharing all different types of media and joining specific groups, RiverWired users can access a compilation of blogs, articles, videos and podcasts.
For local organizations …
Keep America Beautiful
is one of the country’s largest community improvement networks and is dedicated to educating individuals about improving their local environment. Go to the “Get Involved
” section to find an affiliation in your area or start your own.
The Student Environmental Action Coalition
has local opportunities across America for students to participate in environmental causes from their college or high school campuses. Register
to get involved and start pushing for green initiatives all over the country.
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