My definition of “going green” is a pretty loose one. It includes not only protecting the environment by using friendlier items (the laundry soap for example), and trying to eat locally, but also by servicing the community both locally and globally by doing things, however small, that can help others thrive and make the world a better place. One thing I’ve become involved in recently is becoming a lender with Kiva. In their words:
“Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.
Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world.
The people you see on Kiva’s site are real individuals in need of funding – not marketing material.”
It’s very humbling to see what people are doing with their lives, and a wonderful feeling to be able to help, in however small a way. Loan amounts start at only $25! I’ve shown this site and explained what it’s for to my two older children, and they’re excited to read about all of the people out there and what they’re doing, and are psyched to loan their own money to help out (and being very young, the minimum loan about breaks their banks). It’s a great way to show them, anyone!, how other people live, how small the world really is, and how even they can help make it a better place.