- According to research done by the website: Half of British adults have received at least one holiday gift that they didn’t like. finder.com.
- Sustainability is now in the forefront of our minds. Perhaps it’s time to shift our focus and channel money towards a climate-change fight cause.
- These ideas from UpLink entrepreneurs are great holiday gifts that make a difference.
- This includes planting trees, conserving coral, farming kelp, and plastic alternatives.
It’s that time of year again where many of us dust-off our shopping lists and delve into our wallets to give presents to our nearest and dearest.
What holiday gift will you choose to give this year? And how thoughtful is your holiday shopping? According to research by the website, half of British adults get at least one unwelcome holiday gift. finder.comIt amounts to billions of dollars in wasted cash.
With that in mind it might be time for you to shift your mindset and direct your money towards a cause that supports. United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
As we close in on a year where climate experts raised alarms about the dire state of the planet’s future, it is important to take any initiative that can make a difference. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published this report. broad-spectrum reportThis indicates that global warming is rapid, widespread, and intensifying.
Here are six ideas to give earth-friendly gifts that you can do in a click.
They’re all the work of UpLink entrepreneursThe World Economic Forum, Salesforce, and Deloitte have created a crowdsourcing platform for them. It allows people to come together to share ideas that will support and accelerate progress towards the SDGs.
UpLink is a digital platform to crowdsource innovations in an effort to address the world’s most pressing challenges.
It is an open platform that allows anyone to make a contribution to the global public good. The main objective is to connect the most innovative people to networks of decision-makers who can implement the necessary change over the next decade. UpLink is a global platform that connects people to share and encourage ideas and activities.
UpLink, hosted by the World Economic Forum is being developed and designed in collaboration with Deloitte, Salesforce, and LinkedIn.
1. Plant a tree on Africa
Trees for the Future uses local staff to train farmers in sub-Saharan Africa using an agroforestry technique called the “Trees for the Future”. Forest Garden Approach.
“Through a series of workshops, farmers learn to optimize their land,” the organization says. “They learn to select, grow and plant diverse trees and crop varieties that maximize yields while also significantly improving the quality of the land being farmed.”
Forest Gardens are approximately half an acre in area and can produce around 2,500 fruit, nuts and agroforestry trees as well as dozens of other food and resource crops.
Giving can be done to help trees grow Gift certificatesEach tree costs 25 cents. This includes the seeds, tools, training, and operations required to plant each tree. The farmer and their family then maintain and care for them.
2. Coral is a good investment
The IPCC report on climate change also focused on the oceans. Coral population worldwideIt is currently at grave risk. Coral is vital for biodiversity and local economies. It also produces oxygen. We should all be concerned about coral protection.
Dave Vaughan, founder of Plant A Million Corals, has created a new way to plant a million corals. A new way to breed coralsShe is a strong advocate for coral restoration in the world. Why not join the cause and buy your friends and families a gift? Coral pieceNot for a necklace but one that can help preserve the ocean’s future.
3. Give the gift of kelp
Want something that’s good for you and good for the planet? How about a gift that is kelp-based?
Our oceans are changing rapidly, with increasing frequency of heatwaves in the marine environment. ocean acidificationAccording to the IPCC, there is a clear link between human influence and lower oxygen levels.
Although the report’s section about the outlook for the oceans is not the most pleasant reading, one company promotes kelp as a way to offset some impact. Kelp forests may absorb up to 20 times as much carbon as other forestsYou can get more help from the atmosphere than land-based trees and also Attenuate the effects ocean acidificationAccording to Atlantic Sea Farms, it is.
The company offers Sea greens that are sustainably farmedThey are rich in nutrients and contain iron, folate, vitamin K, and iodine.
4. Use plant-based leathers and plastic
Natural Fiber Welding (NFW), which uses technology to make textiles and leather-like material from plants, can replace leather and plastic. These materials can be recycled and safely degraded. The technology can be used to create products that are plant-based. walletIt looks and feels just like leather.
A World Economic Forum Technology PioneerThe company is more focused on plants than making products from fossil resources such as petroleum and coal. It also means that emissions are lower.
“The textiles industry is far too dependent on petroleum and plastic,” said NFW’s Founder and CEO Luke Haverhals. “Regenerative agriculture and plants are inexhaustible in their abundance and ability to meet the needs of the world’s population.”
5. Sustainable products from Amazon rainforest
There are approximately 1,100 square mile of it Peru’s forestsWWF estimates that every year, around 200,000 trees are lost to agriculture, cattle, mining, gold mining, and unsustainable wood exploitation. This tree loss, which was also quantified by Global Forest Watch is not only bad for biodiversity, it also contributes to the country’s carbon emissions and impinges on a way of life for many.
Shiwi is a Peruvian firm that sells products made in a sustainable manner from the region. You can buy the whole thing Amazon chesnutYou can even adopt a beehive, forest honey, or even adopt one.
“With your purchase you support people who work in harmony with nature and are guardians of protected areas,” the company says, “so you also participate in conservation”.
6. Help restore marshlands
Amman Imman aims to bring “water and hope to those who have none,” by Supporting Azawak indigenous peoples, in Niger or Mali.
They are “the unheard victims of the climate crisis” it says. Donations help to restore watersheds and rebuild pasturelands. They also promote agroforestry, which is a way of regenerating the natural environment that has been damaged by climate change.
“40-years ago, the Azawak had abundant pastures, permanent ground-water, and large acacia forests thanks to a 5-month rainy season. Livestock and wildlife abounded,” the website says. “Today, rains last approximately one month. Water scarcity and desertification are on the rise. Groundwater evaporates rapidly; forests and pasturelands have all-but disappeared.”
This area has a lot of water problems. People have to travel up to 50 km per day to find water. Infant mortality is high at 25%. Holiday DonationsProvide water from boreholes, encourage education for children, support mobile health clinics, and promote food security.
These are just six options to shop for holidays keeping the UN SDG goals in your mind. What’s going to be top of your list?
This article is written by the author only and does not reflect the views of the World Economic Forum.