5 Ways to Help the Climate That Will Make a Real Difference

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5 Ways to Help the Climate That Will Make a Real Difference
Activist Hilton Kelley, who founded the Community In-Power and Development Association Inc., talks about the neighborhood where he grew up in Port Arthur, Texas. Kelley says he started speaking out for Port Arthur’s black community when he got fed up “always hearing about someone dying of cancer, always smelling smells, watching little babies using nebulizers.”
Activist Hilton Kelley, who founded the Community In-Power and Development Association Inc., talks about the neighborhood where he grew up in Port Arthur, Texas. Kelley says he started speaking out for Port Arthur’s black community when he got fed up “always hearing about someone dying of cancer, always smelling smells, watching little babies using nebulizers.”
Photo: David J. Phillip (AP)

An analysis by Carbon Switch released on Giving Tuesday shows that donations to environmental groups is concentrated mostly at just a couple of big nonprofits, most of which work in land conservation. It’s understandable: climate has often been pigeonholed as an environmental issue. And what are known as the “big green” groups have owned that space for decades. While these groups do some good work, they take up a lot of space—and receive the lion’s share of donor dollars.

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There are plenty of smaller, under-the-radar groups to support that help crucial causes in the U.S. and nationally. If you’re interested in supporting those groups for the holiday season, we’ve included some options below. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and everyone should do their own research and get involved in their communities to find organizations to support. And donating money is not the only way to get involved in the fight for a safer climate for everyone so consider any donation the first step.

Give to Environmental Justice Groups

Communities of color have disproportionately been impacted by pollution for decades, and the increasing impacts of climate change will hit them hardest. The analysis released on Tuesday, though, shows environmental justice charities rank far behind other types of nonprofits in terms of donations. The donations to all of the charities fighting for environmental justice in one year are equal to what the Nature Conservancy gets in a week.