Ohioans can have direct impact on environment

Cleveland.com, Kate Williams, 10/15/2017

Guest columnist Kate Williams, CEO of 1% for the Planet, advocates for donating to SEED Ohio. Donations, she writes, "enables you to make a single donation that directly impacts your home state, city, and the park lands, rivers and lakes you enjoy with your families."

Guest columnist Kate Williams, a lifelong advocate of the outdoors and the environment, has been CEO of 1% for the Planet since 2015. Previously, she served as Board Chair of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and as Executive Director of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.

Citizen action and voice have never been more critical to the future of our planet. Across the globe, it is a time of extremes – storms, drought and politics to name just a few. Here in the United States these extremes are accompanied by significant reductions in federal funding to address environmental issues.

As global citizens, we must take action. Businesses and individuals are urgently needed to make up for the shortfalls in funding that keep vital programs running.

I lead an organization called 1% for the Planet. Our growing movement of businesses, individuals and nonprofits around the world creates positive environmental impact through annual commitments and everyday action.

Ohioans concerned about environmental issues facing their state have an opportunity to join this movement through SEED Ohio. SEED (Solutions Elevating Environmental Donations) benefits a curated and vetted group of Ohio nonprofits representing six environmental issue areas: land, water, climate, food, pollution and wildlife.

One donation to SEED Ohio will support the Western Reserve Land ConservancyOhio Ecological Food and Farm AssociationOhio River FoundationCuyahoga River RestorationBuilding Value and Clean Fuels Ohio. These partners work to keep Ohio rivers clean and free of pollutants, to preserve land for farming and recreation and to promote green deconstruction so building materials can be salvaged and reused. They plant trees, protect native habitats and help Ohio businesses adopt cleaner fuel practices. Their efforts focus on repair, prevention and education. Collectively, they plan and anticipate for a more uncertain future.

Two of our partners, Western Reserve Land Conservancy and Cuyahoga River Restoration, are based here in Cleveland. Western Reserve Land Conservancy has preserved more than 680 properties totaling 50,000-plus acres, planted thousands of trees in Cleveland and created more than 150 public parks and preserves. Cuyahoga River Restoration has provided shade, shelter and food for more than 400 catfish, bass, shiners, sunfish and other native fish species.

We understand that it can be difficult to discern which nonprofit organizations are most deserving of your hard-earned dollars or to understand where the most acute needs might be. Like you, I want to see the tangible results of my investment and know without a doubt that my giving has immediate impact. SEED Ohio is designed with clarity and credibility in mind – you can trust that your dollars are driving real impact.

I invite you — and all Ohioans — to join our global movement by making a difference in your own backyard. The SEED Ohio platform enables you to make a single donation that directly impacts your home state, city, and the park lands, rivers and lakes you enjoy with your families. By donating through SEED Ohio, you will join with other businesses and individuals who care about the future of Ohio and the future of our planet. Together, we can make a difference.