As the holiday season sets in and we start to think about gathering with family and friends. It is a time of reflection and of giving thanks for that which we are grateful. Often we seek to acknowledge our thanks with gifts of appreciation. In so doing, there is growing movement to give gifts of love such as giving experiences and sharing time together, or donations to favored causes rather than token “things.” Not only does this bring you closer together, but also helps reduce the “stuff” that often clutters our world and is threatening the health of our planet.
In fact, nature is an endless source of giving. Throughout the year, our environment is there continuously to give and provide experiences that may not have a monetary value, but a value to you or your loved ones.
This is best described in a famous quote from John Muir, “in every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” As you swim in the sea, take a hike in the woods, or speed down a snow covered mountain, it is important to consider all that nature provides you and your wellbeing.
However, what if those natural resources weren’t there for you and your family to enjoy? What if the ocean was unsafe for swimming? What if the beaches were covered in debris and pollution? What if our coast suffered from an oil spill or another Superstorm Sandy?
Fortunately, these resources are defended, preserved, and protected thanks to the many nonprofits through policy, awareness and education programs which require tenacious year-round work.
Therefore, as you are giving this holiday season, we ask that you consider giving a gift to COA in honor of a family member or friend to help us protect your favorite places and natural resources.
We also ask that you consider the environment when purchasing gifts to make less of an impact. Think globally, act locally. For more information and ideas on sustainable gifts, green holiday events, and ways to reduce your plastic habit please visit CleanOceanAction.org.
Tuesday, December 1st is “Giving Tuesday” and we hope you will consider making a gift to COA. Please call the office or visit our website to make your donation today.