Gardening is a direct, hands-on way to repair damage to our stressed environment. By planting for wildlife, refraining from pesticide use, as well as partnering with the everyday beauty of nature by adding flowers and trees, each individual gardener can positively impact the local ecosystem.
My son is a media intern for a nonprofit organization called Collateral Repair Project (CPR), based in Amman, Jordan. From their website:
Collateral Repair Project is a grassroots effort to bring much-needed assistance to refugees and other victims of war and conflict—those commonly referred to as “collateral damage.” We seek to repair some of this damage and, through these efforts, foster peace and reconciliation.
CPR services (primarily) Syrian and Iraqi families displaced from their homes by war and conflict and living as refugees in Jordan. CPR has entered the Starbucks Upstanders Challenge, http://indi.com/starbucks/upstanders, with hopes of being chosen as one of 25 charitable organizations to receive a $25,000 grant. CPR created a video for this which you can see here: http://indi.com/98bhs. The top 40 organizations which receive the most “buzz points” will then be reviewed by a panel of judges, who will choose the 25 recipient organizations.
The video has been up since early Monday morning Amman time (3am to be precise)/ late Sunday evening U.S Central time. As of today, CPR is near the top 40, but not quite there. If you’re so inclined, please watch the video; if you appreciate the message, “like” it; if you’re on Facebook or Twitter–share at will. All of these actions could help propel CPR into the range of organizations which will be considered for the grant.
The deadline for this challenge is October 31. I don’t have to emphasize how much that $25,000 would help the Iraqi and Syrian families who are refugees in Jordan. CPR is a worthy 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; you don’t have to donate (though that’d be nice!), just watch, like, click and share!
Again, the video: http://indi.com/98bhs
And because this is a garden blog: