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How Green Room Gives Back

Every month we do a carbon offset or make a donation to whatever cause is the most appropriate or in the most need at that time. We aren’t carbon neutral and we can’t support every disaster relief, social justice, or non-profit organization, but this is one small thing we can do to show that we care. Sustainability is multi-faceted and ultimately, we have a responsibility to do good things and support projects and people in need. Here is what we have supported so far:


June 2020: Nations Youth Society

Nations Youth Society is an Indigenous-led organization that inspires youth and encourages the importance of keeping Indigenous culture and traditions alive. NATIONS is excited about building healthier communities by providing skateboarding lessons and promoting the construction of more skateparks in First Nations communities. Skateboarding is more than just a hobby; it’s an outlet for making friends, staying focused, and being part of something bigger. The funds raised will help with their upcoming trips to Indigenous communities in Alberta to pay for car rentals, gas, lodging, per diem for instructors, and safety equipment for participants.


May 2020:
Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour

The SNIWWOC is a Canadian non-profit organization based out of Victoria, BC committed to the empowerment of women through food, art, and education. SNIWWOC operates from a holistic and integrated service model that addresses the social, cultural and political realities of racialized women. When it comes to relevant things happening in the world right now, something you can’t ignore is the Black Life Matters movement and the lack of support for Indigenous people, black people, and people of colour.

 

April 2020: Victoria Women's Transition House Society

Victoria Women’s Transition House Society collaborates, advocates and educates to address and prevent intimate partner violence and abuse of women and children through supportive shelter, housing, counselling and other community-based services. Unfortunately, in times of crisis such as the Covid-19 lockdown, the evidence shows an increase in gender-based violence in and out of the home. 

 

March 2020: Sidrap Wind Farm Project Indonesia, a Gold Standard Foundation Carbon Offset

The Sidrap Wind Farm project consists of 30 wind turbines and produces 253,000 MWh of renewable energy per year to the South Sulawesi national grid - enough to power over 70,000 local homes! This project reduces Indonesia’s dependence on fossil fuels for power generation, provides local employment opportunities, promotes equal pay, reduces air pollution, and raises awareness for climate change.

 

February 2020: Gidimt’en Strong

What is happening in the Wetʼsuwetʼen territory is perhaps one of the most complicated Canadian narratives of our time. How could it not be when so many conflicting interests and concerns are involved; Indigenous rights, the Albertan and Canadian economy, climate change, the livelihood of families who depend on the oil and gas sector. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, and regardless of if the pipeline goes through or not, the Wet’suwet’en people deserve the recognition they are fighting for. In the simplest sense, honouring their most basic human rights, their efforts, and their identity is the right thing to do.

 

January 2020: WIRES Wildlife Rescue Organization

WIRES mission is to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife and inspire others to do the same. Compounding the impact of one of the worst droughts in history, massive wildfires raged for months in what has become known as Australia's Black Summer. Millions of hectares of land were burnt and 20% of Australian forests were lost. These extreme events took a tragic toll on the wildlife and WIRES remains focused on the rescue, rehabilitation and recovery of these animals.

 

December 2019: Solar Cooking for Refugee Families in Chad, a Gold Standard Foundation Carbon Offset

Thousands of refugees from Darfur have the chance to vastly improve their life by using the CooKit solar cookers. For women, having to venture outside of the camp to collect scarce firewood, the risk of being attacked or raped has been an everyday fear in the refugee camps in Eastern Chad. This project does not only eliminate the danger of women exposing themselves to physical harm, but also verifiably improves health conditions, especially among women and children, because cooking with solar energy is smokeless. Furthermore, it empowers the women by giving them a viable role in the project, and without the need to collect firewood women have more time to pursue handcrafting or other jobs and children can attend school.

 

November 2019: 100MW Wind Power Project in Andhra Pradesh, a Gold Standard Foundation Carbon Offset

This 100 MW wind power plant is located in Andhra Pradesh, India and consists of 50 wind turbines. The goal behind this project is to generate over 215 GWh of clean electricity and positively impact the lives of local communities. The project is supported by Orange Renewable who ensures that environmental and social responsibility is at the core of every step taken. Orange conducted a detailed community 'Need Assessment' survey to understand local requirements and consistently invests in community health care, education, clean drinking water infrastructure, women empowerment, and meaningful local employment.