Why I’m Giving on #GivingTuesday

By: Chris Talbot-Heindl, Communications & Membership Manager

Chris #UnselfieI’ll be honest. I give every year. The holidays for me are a time when I give as much as I can on behalf of my niece and nephew, myself and my husband, and sometimes (depending on the person) whoever I draw in my husband’s family Secret Santa.

I’ve already scheduled a donation to a Milwaukee-based arts-for-a-cause non-profit for my anime drawing niece, a donation to Pop Culture Classroom for my superhero and comic loving nephew, I already give monthly to a few environmental non-profits, and I’ve already joined Rocky Mountain Wild’s 100 Women for the Wild.

During the 100 Women for the Wild kick-off party, I sat in a room with other nature-loving, science-driven women and discussed the possibilities – what might happen in the future and what we were going to do about it. Three of us broke off at the end and discussed creating a short film to protect Gunny sage-grouse – art and video being our fortes – and I felt energized!

But yesterday, as I read articles about what we could lose if we lost public lands, I had a sudden feeling that I had to do more.

Today, I’m giving on #GivingTuesday. Specifically, I’ve decided to give more to the 100 Women for the Wild program. For me, right now, there’s something empowering about a woman-only space and knowing that we will be funding that Emerging Female Leader fund to bring more women into the sciences. I look forward to more meetings where I will meet like-minded women with skill sets that compliment my own, and begin working on advocacy projects with those women in my free time.

We don’t know what will happen in the next four years. And, as an avid planner, who literally has a spreadsheet for everything, that scares me.

What I do know is we’re going to need all the funding we can muster, all the coalitions and partnerships we can organize, and all the art, videos, letters, postcards, blog posts, tweets, etc. we can create to make sure our public lands stay in our hands, to screen and protest oil and gas leases that would harm wilderness and wild life, to protect the Endangered Species Act and all of the creatures that survive because of it, and to make sure that the sciences are respected and used to make the best decisions possible for the future of our biodiverse world.

To borrow a phrase from Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (which I did marathon over the weekend), “It’s never, or now.”

That’s why I’m giving on #GivingTuesday.

I hope you are with me.

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