How Your Christmas Shopping Can Make a Difference
With Christmas just around the corner, everyone will be looking for the perfect gifts for their family and loved ones. But what if, this year, your gift-giving could do more than just make your family and friends happy? What if your Christmas shopping could also make a difference in the lives of others?
Well, it can! By buying gifts from worthy causes in Central and South America, you can help make a difference in the fight against poverty, wildlife trafficking, environmental destruction, and other incredibly thoughtful causes. Here's why you should consider making a difference with your Christmas shopping this year.
Your Shopping Can Help Combat Poverty
Poverty is a big problem in many parts of the world, including Central and South America. According to Bloomberg, about one-third of Latin America's roughly 600 million residents live in poverty or what the United Nations defines as extreme poverty. That equates to about 200 million people who are struggling to get by each day.
When you buy gifts from organisations that support poverty alleviation efforts in Central and South America, you can help make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. Your money will go towards supporting projects that provide access to education, healthcare, and other basic needs. By buying from these organisations, you can help give people living in poverty a chance at a better life.
You Can Help Prevent Wildlife Poaching and Trafficking
Wildlife poaching and trafficking is a big problem in many parts of Central and South America. The region is home to more than 40% of the world’s biodiversity, but this natural wealth is being robbed by unscrupulous people and organized criminal networks - threatening species, ecosystems, sustainable development, and the safety and livelihoods of local peoples.
When you buy gifts from organisations that support wildlife conservation efforts in Central and South America, you help combat the illegal and unsustainable international wildlife trade. Your money will go towards funding initiatives that work to protect endangered species and their habitats. By buying from these organisations, you can help ensure that species continue to thrive in the rich and varied habitats of South and Central America.
You Can Save the Environment
The environment is under threat from logging, ranching, agricultural and mining operations. This is especially true in Central and South America, where environmental regulations are often lax or non-existent. As a result, many indigenous communities are being adversely affected by environmental destruction.
When you buy gifts from organisations that support environmental preservation efforts in Central and South America, your money will go towards funding projects that protect habitats, work to clean up rivers and coasts affected by pollution, plant trees to restore degraded ecosystems, and repair areas damaged by palm oil production or illegal mining operations. By buying from these organisations, you can play your part in preserving the environment for future generations.
This holiday season, consider making a difference with your Christmas shopping by buying from worthy causes in Central and South America. Your shopping can help combat poverty, protect wildlife and the environment. Let your Christmas shopping positively impact the world.
My colleague will be publishing an article that lists some of the organisations you can support this Christmas in the coming days. Peruse their list of gifts that give back and spread good in Central and South America.
Written by Dawn Harney