350.org works by building a global grassroots climate movement built around principles of justice, equality and accountability. 350.org fosters bottom up activism and brings together communities all over the world. They have harnessed the power of online campaigns and mass movements, creating a global network active in over 188 countries. They believe strongly in the power of ordinary individuals and communities to hold governments and institutions accountable and incite change. The fight against fossil fuels, promote sustainable solutions and put pressure on governments to limit emissions. For us, it is important that 350.org gives young people all over the world the opportunity and resources to unite, both locally and globally to take collective action against climate change through campaigns such as the divestment movement. Believing in the power of ordinary and young people is at the core of 350.org and this is naturally something we want to echo and support. You can read more about 350.org here and even take part in a local campaign.
Wildlife Conservation Network
Founded in 2002, Wildlife Conservation Network is dedicated to protecting endangered species and preserving their natural habitats. The charity has a unique and effective approach, which really appealed to us. WCN supports independent entrepreneurial conservationists who protect endangered wildlife and habitats all over the world. The charity provides conservationists with capital and tools that enabled them to implement innovative strategies aimed at helping people and wildlife co-exist and thrive. WCN's conservationists actively engage local people as effective stewards of their environment and work in a culturally respectful manner. The collaborative, forward thinking and entrepreneurial approach is something we love, so we’re going to give this charity some of our spare love. Read more about the Wildlife Conservation Network here.
Against Malaria Foundation
Against Malaria Foundation fights malaria by funding and distributing insecticide treated mosquito nets. Half a million people die every year whilst 400 million people fall ill and 90% of those affected are under 5. Malaria is completely preventable and providing a net simply saves lives. Because of this the Against Malaria Foundation is recommended by many of those looking into effective altruism, including GiveWell and The Life You Can Save, as it has a proven track record and is highly cost effective in terms of saving lives. 100% of public donations buy nets. It costs less than £2 for a net so hopefully we can save a few lives this month. Read more about the Against Malaria Foundation here.
Mind is a UK based charity that provides advice and support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They provide online information, a confidential helpline that can save lives and local support groups across the country. The charity also critically campaigns to improve services and public understanding surrounding mental health issues. Mental health problems are increasing, especially among young people; 1 in 8 under the age of 19 have a mental health problem in England and three quarters of mental health problems are established by the age of 24. Mental health is often personal and important issue for young people across the country so I feel it completely fits for us to support this charity. Read more about Mind here.
Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth is a movement of people who want to protect our planet. They work with local groups, experts, business leaders and politicians to protect the environment, promote safe and healthy food and water for everyone and support alternative energy solutions. They are determined to create a cleaner, fairer world for everyone and encourage local activism and collection action. They campaign to see bees, reduce plastic in our oceans, beat climate change, fight air pollution and stop fracking. Read more about them here.
RSPCA are the oldest animal welfare charity around. They campaign for law changes to improve the welfare of animals in in labs, on farms, in the wild and in our homes. They also help to rescue, rehabilitate and regime neglected animals. Read more about them here.
Crisis is a UK based charity that aims to end homelessness. They provide help so that people can rebuild their lives and are supported out of homelessness for good. They offer one to one support, advice and courses for homeless people. They put effort into research to help improve their own services but also to find more permanent solutions to homelessness. The work Crisis does is crucial especially given the context in the UK, where it is estimated that 320,000 people are homeless and the number of rough sleepers has risen by 169% since 2010. Read more about Crisis here.
Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support provide much needed help to those who have a cancer diagnosis enabling to find their best way through and live life as fully as they can. They provide advice about money and work, someone to listen to, training courses for carers and family members. Further to this they carry out research to better understand cancer and the experiences of those living with it. They estimate that 2.5 million people are living with cancer in the UK. With recent analysis suggesting that 1 in 2 people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives it is easy to see that Cancer affects all of us, whether directly or indirectly. Read more about Macmillan here.
WWF (World Wildlife Fund) is building a global movement that called for change to create a new global deal for nature and people. They are on a mission to create a world where wildlife and people can coexist and thrive. Transforming the world’s wildlife, rivers, forests and seas, reducing carbon emissions to avoid catastrophic climate change and helping people to live more sustainably. They are working to stabilize and increase the populations of many of the world’s most iconic endangered species from pandas and turtles to elephants and dolphins. They are aiming to significantly increase the areas of forests and oceans that are properly managed as well as secure and improve the flow of important rivers. Read more about WWF here.
Coral Reef Alliance
This charity recognizes that the best way to save coral reefs is to work in collaboration with the people that are most closely connected to coral reefs; they partner with local communities and take a multifaceted approach to restoring and protecting coral reefs. The charity uses science to inform solutions, which create win-wins for communities and conservation. Coral reefs are one the largest and most complex ecosystems on the planet, home to more than 4,000 species of fish and 700 species of coral. It is estimated that in total more than 1 million species of plants and animals are associated with the coral reef ecosystem. This ecosystem is under threat from global issues such as climate change and ocean acidification as well as local threats including water pollution and over fishing. This charity helps to reduce pollution, overfishing and unsustainable tourism and create networks of healthy adaptive reefscapes. The charity is also highly rated in terms of accountability and transparency. Read more about the Coral Reef Alliance here.
Article 25 is a small, London-based humanitarian charity which manages sustainable architecture projects in areas of extreme poverty and disaster. They are driven by Article 25 of the United Nation’s Declaration of Human Rights, which states that everyone has the right to adequate and dignified shelter, education and healthcare. They recognise the importance of infrastructure in building the foundations for strong, healthy and resilient communities and use their architectural expertise to design and oversee the construction of low-cost, high-impact buildings which improve health, livelihoods and disaster resilience in areas of the world most in need. Article 25 have worked on over 90 projects in 34 countries, using each as an opportunity to pass on valuable skills to local people, partner NGOs and government organisations to enable them to continue building a sustainable future. Read more about Article 25 here.
Action Against Hunger
This charity saves the lives of malnourished children by ensuring that everyone can access clean water, food and healthcare. They aim to mitigate the consequences of hunger as well as addressing the causes of hunger. The organization works in nearly 50 countries helping to reduce the prevalence of chronic and acute under-nutrition as well as responding to humanitarian emergencies. They are at the forefront of disaster response and have ensured the delivery of life saving assistance in cases of extreme famine such as in Yemen, Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan. They are rated highly on charity financials, accountability and transparency. Read more about Action Against Hunger here.