Emerging Technologies Promise Sustainable, Environmentally Friendly Solutions To Water Crisis

A supermarket that does not need any packaging, a do-it-yourself solar pump for clean drinking water, or “fog nets” that trap the moisture from evening air and morning dew, are just some of the many good green business ideas and nonprofit projects worth supporting.  Sustainability is all about using fewer resources, producing cleaner waste – and less waste – or no waste at all.

Unfortunately many of these ideas fail in the early stages due to lack of funding.

Founders and project initiators can use the YouHelp platform to raise funds. Some campaigns provide thank you perks for those who contribute.

In addition to our carbon footprint, researchers are looking at our “water footprint,” the amount of water it takes to support our lifestyles and our appetites, and they see that it is rising globally.

Ella Fuksbrauner lived in Colombia during her childhood and has created a project: Sweet Guajira – Dulce Guajira – Finding Drinking Water Solutions, to find sustainable food and water solutions for La Guajira, Colombia. Donations can be made by clicking the donate button. With YouHelp, all donations go directly to the project.

Fuksbrauner is offering free songs on her CD for donations depending on donation level, giving a cover song for a mere $10 donation, and the whole album plus a tree in their name to those who donate $50.

The goal of the Sweet Guajira project is to provide a sustainable long-term alternative for the serious drought issue affecting La Guajira. A preliminary independent preemptive investigation will be done first.

A number of emerging innovative technologies are being explored. “Our aim is to get a 360% view of the situation, which includes assessing potential partners, technical opportunities, and the grassroots narrative. We believe that by helping farmers of the region with technology and knowledge, the water management situation, as well as the local economy will improve, thus organically providing more momentum to solve the crisis,” she said.

“We wish in turn to be able to create the largest possible impact, and help thousands of people in dire need of assistance. Join us in our efforts, help us create a new, independent opportunity for the region!” Fuksbrauner said.

Fresh water is the most important resource for life on earth. Almost one third of the world is already water stressed. Global climate change and exponential population growth have led to water scarcity and water shortages in major cities, which is continuing to worsen.

Taking into consideration the arid areas of the world and places with polluted and contaminated water, we need to find ways to produce a lot more fresh water.  In Peru alone, 12 million people (40% of the Peruvian population) lack access to clean drinking water and sanitation.

New ideas for clean water production include technological breakthroughs in creating water from thin air by researchers at UC Berkley, desalinating projects bringing water from the sea to the table, smartgrids, and  lower tech fogcatchers from The Create Water Foundation in Holland, which are already being used effectively at a low cost in Peru to provide clean drinking water and water for crops.

Technology looks at two main ways to alleviate the impending water crises. One is by making water-intensive processes more efficient. The other is by using technology to create fresh water – from filtering saline ocean water to purifying water that was once deemed permanently toxic to pulling water from ‘thin air,’ even in arid climates, technology promises to save water in multiple ways.

If you want to help pioneer the new technologies, consider contributing to Finding Drinking Water Solutions this #GivingTuesday or any time.

About the Author: Anna Kucirkova is a freelance writer who also works at Cornerstone University. She can be reached at: anna@cornerstoneuniversity.co


Are You Ready for #GivingTuesday

From raising money for hurricane and earthquake relief to giving books to children in low income families, #GivingTuesday has become a global movement of giving. Giving Tuesday follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and will be celebrated on November 27th, 2018, on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving,

 Is your organization poised to make the most of it?

This global giving movement was built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in over 150 countries around the world.  It inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world.

This global day of giving, “fueled by the power of social media and collaboration,” according to #GivingTuesday.org, demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together.

#GivingTuesday was created by the team at the for Belfer Center Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y – a cultural center in New York City where they have been bringing people together around the values of service and giving since 1874.

The Belfer Center brought together a team of influencers and founding partners to collaborate across sectors, offering expertise to launch #GivingTuesday.  They have continued to shape, grow and strengthen the movement, together with leadership support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and generous support from PayPal, with the simple idea, “find a way to give back, then share your idea.”

“#GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.”

Your nonprofit can benefit by joining, if you haven’t already.  It’s the perfect time to start a YouHelp fundraising campaign.  By joining the #GivingTuesday movement, your giving campaign will be included in their directory to help people find your organization as well as any events you plan for the day.

YouHelp has joined again this year and YouHelp campaigns can take part with special efforts geared toward #GivingTuesday.

Social media is a key part of #GivingTuesday communications. It’s also one the of the best ways to engage your donors and community, and to share your organization’s mission and values. Remember to use the hashtag #GivingTuesday and #YouHelp on social media when talking about your YouHelp campaign.

Ask your friends and colleagues to retweet and share your campaign updates and help you spread awareness about your campaign. You just need to tag them in your post so they can share it.

Tag Giving Tuesday on Twitter @GivingTues, and on Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat and they’ll also retweet or share your messages. Their Social Media Toolkit gives even more tips and ideas to boost your campaign.

Growing Each Year – Some organizations find large donors who agree to match all donations they receive on Giving Tuesday. These can increase the donation from two to in some case four or five-fold. JP Morgan Chase encouraged employees to donate to nonprofits of their choice by using the firm’s workplace giving program competition with a $2 for $1 matching gift promotion. In 2017, through interoffice promotion and the incentive, employees raised over $4.7 million for nonprofits around the country, more than a 23% increase from 2016.

Collaboration is the name of the game and the word of the day. NGOs, corporations, individuals, foundations, local nonprofits, local businesses, religious organizations, schools, community campaigns, higher educations, and collaborations between companies, nonprofits, credit card companies and banks.

In 2016, No Kid Hungry set an organizational record and raised over $56,000 in one day to ensure that all children get the healthy food they need to thrive. But on #GivingTuesday, No Kid Hungry set out to shatter their 2016 record by raising $100,000 or 1 million meals. Ultimately, and with a match from CitiBank, No Kid Hungry raised over $310,000 – that’s 4 times their 2016 results!

Take part in Giving Tuesday by raising funds or making a donation to support a cause or causes. In 2017, over $300m. was raised online through 2.5m gifts. The mean gift size was calculated to be $120.40.

There’s still time to start a #GivingTuesday campaign for your nonprofit and join the global movement of giving.

Let YouHelp host it on our platform.

About the Author: The author is a staff writer for YouHelp.