Sheila, our Doyen of Donational Doings, has been quite conscientiously forwarding to me news and notes pertaining to all the cool donations we’ve been making to laudable causes and needful folk, and I, for my own humble part in these great machinations, have been dutifully ignoring them while other stuff sucks up my time like a Hoover with an oscillating overthruster. So let’s play catch-up:
We gave the Dream Program, a great Vermont youth mentoring group, $2,500 to fund the Local Foods Program at their summer camp on Camp Fletcher. This initiative will teach camp kids to grow and cook their own food, which in turn will raise local environmental awareness and greatly reduce the carbon footprint of camp meals. They’re even going to build a clay oven to cook in.
We literally donated a boatload of our products to the Esperanza, a Greenpeace ship that’s now in the Bering Sea hard at work defending that ecosystem from harm. Here’s a dispatch about the mission from Greenpeace’s Bill Richardson:
Hi Sheila. Just wanted to let you know that the Esperanza took delivery of the 7th Generation products you sent us. Thanks again for this generous gift.
The Esperanza is currently on its way to the Bering Sea, where it will be until early September. While it's there, we'll be working to
document the beauty and threats that face this region, strengthen our
alliances with Native communities and networks, and work with citizens,
scientists, and other NGOs who are building the case for greater
protection of the Bering Sea ecosystem.
One of the interesting aspects of our work in this region will be the
use of one-person mini-subs. Using these vehicles, we'll be going to
depths of up to 2000 feet to document and provide evidence in support of designating canyons in the Bering Sea (some of the deepest on the
planet) as protected areas.
Speaking of sending our stuff on journeys, we also donated a big supply of Seventh products to JuntoVenture for their expedition from the lowest point on the North American continent, Death Valley, to it’s highest, Mt Denali. The idea is to undertake the world’s first completely sustainable trek, one that uses leaves no carbon footprint, uses no unsustainable gear, and creates no environmental degradation of any type along the way. The trip is being filmed for a documentary and creating a model other trekkers can follow on their own travels.