What is the best environmental bang for your charitable dollar?
A few days ago, a reader wrote to ask which charities I would recommend when it comes to protecting the environment. I wrote:
Sadly, most of the big names like Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy and others don't acknowledge that our harmful, wasteful, and unsustainable S.A.D. is the leading driver of most of our environmental issues, including climate change. How can that possibly be true?
In short, they know that if their organization is perceived as being "anti meat" that it will hurt their fundraising. To me, that stance is borderline criminal; particularly in light of the hefty salaries paid to their top executives. To NOT tell the public loudly and often about the most crucial information in the history of humanity is simply unconscionable. And, for that incredibly significant reason, I could never support any of them.
J. Morris Hicks
My recommendation. Knowing that our food choices are BY FAR the most important issue affecting our health and our environment, I always recommend supporting charities that promote a shift to a plant-based diet. And there are a great many fine organizations who do. Here are two of my own personal favorites:
T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where I have been a member of the board since 2012 nutritionstudies.org