From hazardous waste to harmful runoff and litter, the Chesapeake Bay faces threats from all around. Seeking to save the waterway, the Chesapeake Bay Trust is working toward on-the-ground change for the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. In 2011, grants from the organization helped thousands of volunteers remove hundreds of tons of trash from the bay and local rivers.
There’s more work to be done, though.
This Earth Day, Groupon Grassroots and the Chesapeake Bay Trust are raising funds to remove at least 2,000 pounds of trash and hazardous waste from the rivers and streams that flow into the bay. The funds from this campaign will allow volunteers to clean up the waterways and protect the local environment from harmful runoff.
Aid the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s cleanup of essential waterways by donating to the campaign.
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I’m at home, biting into a crisp Pink Lady apple. As I do, I consider the satisfying crack of its skin as my teeth sink in and the cool juice splashes across my palate. For a fleeting moment, I feel grateful for these simple pleasures.
Far from my mind and deep in the fields, however, a farmworker cultivates and picks the fruits and vegetables I eat every day, an estimated 85% of which are hand-harvested. Even further from my thoughts is the realization that although this farmworker braves dangerous exposure to pesticides day-in and day-out to bring bounty to my table, she might not have enough food to feed herself or her family. Too often, the very people who pick our food go hungry themselves.
That’s why Groupon Grassroots is partnering with Toxic Free NC for an Earth Day campaign that addresses pesticide exposure and food insecurity. Founded in 1986, Toxic Free NC fights toxic pesticide pollution and promotes common-sense alternatives to ensure healthy food and healthy communities.
If this Grassroots campaign raises $100, Toxic Free NC can give organic summer vegetable seeds and seedlings, as well as bilingual home gardening support, to one farmworker’s family. Each additional $100 raised will provide these tools to another family, helping them secure a sustainable, organic food supply while reducing their exposure to harmful pesticides.
Help Toxic Free NC aid the farmworkers that feed us by donating to the campaign.