Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blog Action Day 09 - Recycle to Protect Earth & Stop Domestic Violence

Today is Blog Action Day 2009. This year's topic is Global Climate Change. So far, 10,000 bloggers are actively participating in one of the largest online writing events to ever take place. Global climate change effects everyone. You may have heard about global warming. Unfortunately, that's only one of the problems.

Right now, you may be asking yourself why an organization that works with victims of sexual or domestic violence is writing about global climate change. The reason I am writing about is because hotline calls increase during the summer months. Generally, the more the thermometer rises outside, the more tempers rise inside.

Global climate change effects everyone. You can't hide from it and you can't escape from it. It's here. It's now. It's up to us to slow it down.

Recycling is big part of slowing global climate change. We're all familiar with the idea of sorting trash into different bins. We've also seen special bins that charities have used to collect aluminum cans for recycling. We do that at our organization too.

But did you know that buying used furniture can help slow global climate change? So can purchasing or donating used clothing, books, dishes and other "treasures". The ink jet cartridges and used cell phones that we collect are recycled. Toxic components are kept out of landfills and from escaping into the atmosphere. This helps to slow global climate change.

The next time you see a collection box for a sexual and domestic violence program please use it. Go home and see what you can find to contribute. Put the items into your car so the next time you go by the collection box you can add your items.

Contributing takes only a few minutes. It helps victims of sexual and domestic violence, slows global climate change and helps you feel good about yourself. There's no reason not to help.

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