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Help the World

So a different post for today.  As some of you may know, I manage my blog through WordPress.  Yesterday when I was looking at the different widgets I could add to make my blog better and cooler one of them caught my eye, SocialVibe.  Basically what SocialVibe is is a mechanism for using social media content to create donations for charities.  I thought this was such a cool way use marketing tools that basically everyone uses to formulate money for charities.

The charity I chose is the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), an organization that is dedicated to protecting the future of nature.  From the WWF website:

For more than 45 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.

Mission

WWF’s mission is the conservation of nature. Using the best available scientific knowledge and advancing that knowledge where we can, we work to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth and the health of ecological systems by

  • protecting natural areas and wild populations of plants and animals, including endangered species;
  • promoting sustainable approaches to the use of renewable natural resources; and
  • promoting more efficient use of resources and energy and the maximum reduction of pollution. 

We are committed to reversing the degradation of our planet’s natural environment and to building a future in which human needs are met in harmony with nature. We recognize the critical relevance of human numbers, poverty and consumption patterns to meeting these goals.

Goal
By 2020 WWF will conserve 19 of the world’s most important natural places and significantly change global markets to protect the future of nature.

So how can you help?  If you look to the right there is a badge that says “Help Me Support”.  If you click on the badge it will launch a screen that will prompt you to do an activity.  The activities range from entering contests to voting for things on Facebook, to even just watching videos from sponsors.  They don’t take long and they are completely free to do, all you need really is an email address and/or Facebook and Twitter account.  Once you complete an activity you can earn a number of pounds of greenhouse gases and it should appear automatically on the tally on the side of the page.  Those greenhouse gases can be used to make a donation towards the WWF on behalf of this blog.

So far through SocialVide the WWF has raised $59,980 to helping protect our planet.  With all these natural disasters going on (and not to mention the whole 2012 thing if you believe in that kind of stuff) it won’t hurt to set some time aside and help the cause.  Like I mentioned, it doesn’t take long, it’s completely free, and some of them are even kind of fun!

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