|Green Social Networking For Good in 2012
Many people now consider logging into Facebook as a normal routine,
checking in at least once every day. But the last couple of years have
shown a growth in social networks tailored to niche communities, like
eco-friendly issues. Below are a few networks to take a look at if
you’re interested in keeping up with the latest green causes.
The Care2 Network has
over 17,000,000 worldwide members, so newcomers are bound to find a
group or conversation thread to join matching their interests. The
homepage features Care2′s latest petitions and actions, ranging from
anti-fur campaigns to child trafficking. There are also daily eco-deals
and frequently updated blog posts to keep informed. Members can earn
credits for taking part in certain actions and connecting with other
users. Definitely a prime information hub for all social causes, with an
emphasis on saving the planet.
Rally is a great site for those hoping to decrease their footprint this
year. Rallies are daily as well as are ongoing challenges that one can
take part in either as an individual or a group. There are workshops to
create your own challenges or sign up for existing ones. Keep track of
your progress in-line with other users by using the Rally Map. The goal
is to provide a fun and rewarding experience to impact energy
may be best known for its poignant and moving petition stream, where
users can create a petition based on an issue they care about and use
Change.org’s resources to spread the word to the masses. You can also
browse hundreds of online petitions by subject area, from sustainability
to women’s rights and help causes you care about gain more traction.
Keep track of global progress by viewing Change.org’s map of signed
petitions. To mobilize local support in your community, set up a meeting
via Change.org’s platform as well.
Earth is an eco-focused network for sustainable organizations and
individuals to find each other and share resources. Users can take
advantage of a massive Job Board, solution sharing and view what those
in your network are up to. By using mind-maps streaming from a list of
ten interest areas, users can search and click on related interests and
find information in that area. For example, by selecting interest in
Urban Communication, I was led to many more subcategories including
Green Cities. From there I was led to names of those in the Sustainable
Communities program at the University of California, related jobs and
events, as well as articles. Very neat!
is a Web 2.0 site helping ordinary folks recycle more easily, track
conservation and reward those working towards a cleaner planet. By using
a combination of their web network and kiosks, Greenopolis maximizes
real-time services and updates, using blogs, video/photo uploads,
podcasts, social networks, and infographics. Greenopolis uses branded
imagery to help users track their recycling actions and receive rewards.
You can find a kiosk at many Whole Foods Markets. Social recycling is
in in 2012.
by Jessi Stafford
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