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I believe in trying to make a difference... both at
home and around the world.
Toward that goal I donate a portion of GreenLeaf
profits to environmental and charitable causes including the Rainforest
Action Network, The Nature Conservancy, Partners in Health, Room to Read, and Dining for Women.
Trekking through Nepal inspired me to seek ways to help the people of this incredible part of the world. Room to Read's founder was moved by his own trek in Nepal to start this marvelous organization focused on education for girls in that part of the world and beyond. Read the story in Leaving Microsoft to Change the World.
I'm also drawn to the sea... Scientists estimate
that one quarter of the world's coral reefs are already gone. Looking ahead, they
predict that all coral reefs will be gone in just 30-50 years unless steps are taken
to reverse the trend. As a scuba diver, I'm excited to support a project on the shores of Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea that educates local
high school students in marine biology and other vital environmental issues. These
kids are now leading local efforts to conserve their environmental
treasure. It was a privilege for me to dive the pristine reefs of Kimbe Bay and see
first hand the work of the Mahonia na Dari Research Center. (Nature
Conservancy PNG Program)
Donating time is also an important (and sometimes
more challenging) way of giving back. I discovered Habitat for Humanity's
terrific Women Build program.Women learn
construction skills in an unintimidating environment while working shoulder-to-shoulder
with families in need. I enjoyed getting the knack of swinging a hammer with gusto
and running a tablesaw (look out!) and plan to help out again with future Women
Finally, I strive to be a green business and buy carbon-offsets to neutralize my air travel emissions. Calculate your carbon footprint
You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give
of yourself that you truly give.
~ Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet