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Give Me A Break!: The Easiest Climate Change-Fighting & Environment-Protecting Fundraiser on the Planet

Mikaela Kursell

Despite the onslaught of alternative facts and rumors of climate change hoaxery, it's no secret that climate change is very real, and our new administration and congress will be one of the most anti-environment we've ever seen.

The White House website has been whitewashed of climate change information (until public pressure got fierce), and top government officials are mobilizing in full-force to gag the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and our national parks to suppress capital T-Truth--in the name of rolling back environmental regulations and protections and succumbing to the whims of All-Mighty Corporate Greed. To which I reply, on behalf of our exasperated Mother Earth, "GIVE ME A BREAK!"

I am extremely disheartened that several elected and alleged civil servants would work so quickly and diligently to undermine their duty to “civilly serve” and protect this world we live in (without an eye on the long view), but hey, I’m also not surprised. That said, I am certain that it is time for people with conscience and good will, whatever their party affiliation or unaffiliation, to come together and take action to protect our planet and the health of the people (and animals and plants) in it. (Always remember to respect the sacred office of your own conscience, kids—it is the highest honor there is!)

Time is money, and money is time. I realize that we are all busy. So in an effort to make fighting climate change and protecting the environment simple, this fundraiser is designed to be the easiest fundraiser on the planet.

All I am requiring is that you pledge your allegiance to this world by donating what you can to the Sierra Club, and commit to taking one walk outdoors during your lunch break between now and Earth Day, April 22, 2017. In other words, give me a break!

One walk. That’s it. Give me a break.

Too tired? Give me a break.

Too busy? Give me a break.

Too hungry? Give me a break (and break me off a piece of that Kit-Kat bar).

You can do it. You are more than just a cog in the machine. Step away from the Excel sheets and the finicky Word documents who clearly despise you and your desperate efforts to make them conform to wholly unoriginal formatting conventions. They think you (and your cursor) are weak and uninspiring, but they don't know the infinite power and intelligence that resides inside of you.

So breathe in the air, contemplate the trees (even if they are recently-and-most-pungently mulched and sadly marooned in a parking lot), and remind yourself of your own remarkable significance and insignificance in this vast, beautiful, dazzlingly powerful and stunningly vulnerable planet that we are living in (or on -- that always confuses me).

Gaia is mighty, but she is fragile, and as stewards of this earth who are entirely dependent on her wellbeing, we would be wise not to forget it.

So give me a break. And if you are as heartbroken or outraged or dismayed or ashamed or terrified about recent events as I am, then give me several breaks.

Donate now, then charge up your Fit Bit, and get your steps in during lunch time. Or donate now, swear up-and-down-and-cross-your-heart that you will walk, and take comfort in the private knowledge that I have no real way of holding you accountable, unless you want me to, in which case I will be the walk-buddy you always dreamed of. (While I believe in holding our government accountable, your relationship with your body is your business, but I would be happy to give you a kick in the right direction).

So please give what you can, but don't donate blindly! Be an informed and concerned citizen and learn more about what the Sierra Club is now doing to make an impact by visiting: sierraclub.org.

For my part, I pledge to donate and to walk on my lunch break at least one day every week (weather permitting) until Earth Day (or, maybe, all year long -- 2017 fitness goals, anyone?).

And if you have made it this far, thank you for reading -- and for walking with me!

Yours in Perpetuity,

P.S. Please share on Facebook and other platforms. Currently, I am off the grid when it comes to social media, but I completely support spreading the message. If this thing takes off, we can always raise our goal. The sky is the limit (so long as we protect the atmosphere...hehe...)


raised of $1,000 goal

Recent Donations

1. Stephanie Espirito Santo
Good job, Mik?
2. Anonymous
This contribution is made on behalf of a cherished family friend (and honorary family member), Frieda. (Thank you for standing with us and for your generosity and support!)
3. Rachel Polansky
4. Anonymous
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall
5. Risa Shiman
6. Erin Kiley
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