Earth Day Oregon announced last week that it will celebrate Earth Day's 50th anniversary on April 22 by partnering with more than 50 nonprofit organizations scattered throughout the state.
As the origins of Earth Day a half-century ago couldn't anticipate the environmental issues of today, the goals of the annual event in Oregon have had to adapt.
"The climate crisis requires swift and collective action," said Earth Day Oregon founder Bethany Shetterly Thomas. "Earth Day Oregon is amplifying the work of trusted, experienced champions in the fight against climate change by bringing together people across the state of Oregon – individuals, businesses and nonprofits."
The organization's process is simple: its campaign fosters donations to partner organizations by promoting Earth Day fundraisers and connections between nonprofits, businesses and communities.
"The campaign catalyzes nonprofits' ongoing work to make meaningful progress toward creating a sustainable world," a press release from the organization said.
And the effort trickles down to 52 local nonprofit organizations, who are charged with partnering with five businesses who have committed to making either a flat cash donation back to the partner organization or committing a portion of sales for Earth Day.
An example would be Thunderpants USA, a Portland garment company, who has committed to donating 10 percent of a week's sales to the Portland-based Crag Law Center.
Earth Day Oregon will promote the fundraising opportunities and events leading up to April 22 through its website at https://earthdayor.org/ and via social media channels "with the goal of offering individuals the opportunity to support and engage their local nonprofits," the release said.
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