The Education Gap in America and Haiti
Most Americans have a high school diploma or equivalent education. College is a different matter, largely because of money. In short, it’s expensive. However, a higher percentage of Americans 25–29 have bachelor degrees than the percentage of Haitians who even finish 6th grade. While America’s education system is surely flawed, countries such as Haiti are in dire, urgent need of better education infrastructure.
Posted by Francis Zierer on July 23, 2021
Hunted for Luxury: Illegal Poaching and Whaling
Every year, many thousands of animals are slaughtered for no good reason — not for food, but so their body parts can be sold as luxury goods. Elephants, pangolins, tigers, whales, rhinos, and other wondrous animals are killed or captured and then brought into the black market economy. Poaching, or the illegal hunting of animals, is a horrific practice that continues despite local and global rules that forbid it.
Posted by Francis Zierer on July 16, 2021
The Failures of Radical Environmental Activists
At the end of the 20th century, radical environmentalists in groups like the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front tried to take on organizations they saw as evil. Through bombings and acts of arson, they caused millions in property damage. However, they were only a thorn in the side of the companies they sought to destroy, and were ultimately punished for their actions. The only true path to a sustainable future is through honest research, lobbying, and organizing.
Posted by Francis Zierer on July 09, 2021
What Will Future Farms Look Like?
There are two main types of farm that have dominated the last century: massive agribusiness and small, local, organic farms of the sort that sell at your local farmer’s market. Neither will be able to fully meet the food needs of a rapidly growing global population. They’ll both still exist, in a changed state, but they’ll be joined by new techniques. Vertical farming in particular is the future of urban farming.
Posted by Francis Zierer on July 02, 2021
There’s a Better Way to Process Wastewater
The problem of how to get rid of human waste has always plagued civilization — sometimes literally, as a source of disease. Today, most modern cities have figured out a sanitary waste treatment system. Not as many utilize natural wastewater treatment, a group of low-impact processes that return clean water to the local watershed and sometimes promote the proliferation of wild flora and fauna.
Posted by Francis Zierer on June 25, 2021
Drought: A Worldwide Existential Threat
How long can you go without a drink of water? The answer: not long. Just like humans, the surface of the Earth must stay hydrated to support life. When droughts happen, people, wildlife, and plantlife all suffer. Current droughts are historically severe, in large part due to human actions. Learn how to do your part to reduce that severity.
Posted by Francis Zierer on June 19, 2021
How Ocean Pollution Endangers Humanity
Tuesday, June 8, was World Ocean Day. This is just one of many worldwide initiatives to bring awareness to and prevent ocean pollution. Our oceans are extremely precious, not only for marine life, but for the future of all life on this planet. It’s imperative that you educate yourself on the consequences of ocean pollution and work towards a healthier future for the great bodies of water that make up the majority of the planet’s surface.
Posted by Francis Zierer on June 11, 2021
ShareYourself, Haiti, and The Path to a Better World
In May, ShareYourself founder Stu McGowan and his son Evan traveled to Haiti to help an orphanage lay the groundwork for a planned school building. Over the course of their 10-day trip, the scope of their project increased 500-fold. This marks the beginning of a new chapter for the company, unlocking ShareYourself’s true potential to make the world better through connecting people with the resources they need to change their communities.
Posted by Francis Zierer on June 04, 2021
We Need Bees, They Don't Need Us
Have you ever been stung by a bee? It hurts, but that’s no reason to fear or hate these black-and-yellow, fuzzy, flying insects. Bees are a great friend to humanity — they play a major role in the food chain, especially in fruit production. It’s time to learn more about these insects and take action to protect them. Save the bees!
Posted by Francis Zierer on May 17, 2021
Carbon Offsetting: An Accessible Way to Supplement Your Environmentalism
Do you know your carbon footprint? Ever since the concept was first introduced, in the 90s, environmentally-minded people have been coming up with ways to make theirs smaller. Go vegan, ride a bike, take the bus, buy local—there are many things you can do. More recently, businesses and individuals alike have turned to carbon offsetting as a way to further neutralize their footprints. For Earth Day, we explore what that means.
Posted by Francis Zierer on April 26, 2021
#ShareYour Impact Contest!
The #ShareYourImpact campaign challenges you to take action, make a difference to your community, and to sign up for our platform to create a project, apply for grants, and support other projects across the globe that you believe in.
Posted by LC Hines on April 20, 2021
Cryptocurrency is Booming, Climate Change is Looming
With the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange, Coinbase, going public, it’s clear that digital currencies are here to stay. Just because this new form of money is digital doesn’t mean it doesn’t have real-world implications—indeed, real-world usage is the goal. Critics tend to highlight the outsize environmental impact of creating and trading these currencies. How big is that impact, and what can be done to lessen it?
Posted by Francis Zierer on April 16, 2021
Three Small Organizations Making A Big Difference
Large organizations tend to dominate the conversation around big-impact activism. In reality, it tends to be a mass of less advertised groups making a bigger impact. Even those established groups usually started small. We’ve highlighted three lesser-known and smaller-staffed groups around the world who are using their resources to help make life better for the people around them.
Posted by Francis Zierer on April 09, 2021
The Man Saving Mangroves in Nigeria
In an interview with Jerry Chidi, a documentary photographer, Chidi talks about mangroves and all of the ways people are destroying mangroves. Additionally, Chidi talks about his most recent ShareYourself project called: Plant a Mangrove and how he used a ShareYourself grant to accomplish the project.
Posted by Mitchell O'Neill on April 02, 2021
We challenge you to make a positive impact in your community. Donate food to your local food bank, Donate clothes to the nearest Goodwill or shelter, do anything you can do! Once you make your impact, post a video or photos to social media with the #ShareYourImpact and tag us on social media. To take things one step further sign up for ShareYourself and start a project, such as a community garden, a book donation box, or an upcycled art piece, any social impact project can be easily supported on ShareYourself through our vast community and fundraising.
Posted by LC Hines on April 01, 2021
Padma Lakshmi and Effective Celebrity Activism
There are so many roles to play in philanthropy, from donating large sums of money to putting that money to work on the ground level, to educating the public, and everything in between. Some activists truly lead the rest of us by example through their work. Padma Lakshmi is one of those people.
Posted by Francis Zierer on March 29, 2021
To Change the World, Dream Big and Act Locally
Headlines about billionaires and their multimillion-dollar donations make us think philanthropy is mostly something wealthy people do. In fact, the bulk of America’s donated dollars come from regular people. You don’t necessarily need a huge bank account to enact change; it’s less about how much you give than where and why you give it.
Posted by Francis Zierer on March 22, 2021
Transportation and Climate Change: We Can do Better
The modern world runs on pollutant-emitting transportation, from air travel to ocean shipping to automobiles. The millions and millions of vehicles in use right now are wreaking havoc on the environment. There are many ways to make transportation more sustainable and slow climate change—explore the possibilities.
Posted by Francis Zierer on March 12, 2021
Deforestation: An Existential Threat
Forests are one of Earth’s most precious natural treasures. They play host to a majority of our planet’s terrestrial biodiversity and are a crucial ally in the fight against climate change. These wonderful biomes are being destroyed every day in the name of industry and agriculture. This destruction is unsustainable and affects all of humanity—what can be done to save our forests?
Posted by Francis Zierer on March 05, 2021
Philanthropist Spotlight: Douglas and Kris Tompkins
There are many philanthropists operating today, but there are some who truly lead the rest by example. Doug and Kris Tompkins, who spent years building companies like The North Face and Patagonia, are two of those people. Their environmental conservation work in South America is a blueprint for how to make a difference in the world.
Posted by Francis Zierer on March 01, 2021