Does the intense consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday make you feel uncomfortable? If it does, you’re not alone.
There’s nothing wrong with bagging the odd bargain, especially in very difficult financial times, but the reality is that Black Friday is not good for the environment. As many of us end up spending money on things we don’t need, the manufacturing and delivery of these millions of products uses a lot of natural resources and causes pollution too.
That’s why we’re thrilled to be joining Giving Tuesday as an official partner, along with thousands of other organisations. Brought to the UK in 2014 by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), this year #GivingTuesday offers the opportunity to give back to good causes, either by donating to charity, reaffirming commitment to a cause, volunteering time or supporting others by simply helping a friend, neighbour or family member.
Whether you choose to make a donation to The Rivers Trust or join up with your local member Trust to volunteer, or even send someone special a Rivers Trust Christmas present, there are many ways that you can help to protect rivers on Giving Tuesday. Your time and money will make a real difference to our precious rivers across the UK and Ireland. Here’s what the Rivers Trust movement achieved together in 2020:
With your help this #GivingTuesday, you could help local campaign groups to buy new water quality monitoring equipment, to plant new woodlands, or to create new community blue and green spaces. Your generosity could make a huge difference to a primary school pupil, to a village at risk of flooding, or even to an endangered species. To find out more about how this is all possible, check out our work to see the range of projects and campaigns we’re involved with.
Finally, we’d like to extend a big thank you to anyone who does give to The Rivers Trust this Tuesday, or at any time of year. Our achievements would not be possible without you.