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Go Carbon Neutral

Brightest (Climate)

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When we started Brightest we made two simple commitments to ourselves and you: anytime someone completed an act of good or volunteer shift through Brightest, we'd plant a tree. Second, we'd operate as a net zero carbon (CO2) service, offsetting all our servers, travel, and anything else we use to run our website and build our community. Thanks to the commitment of our climate community (and people like you), we've already planted over 10,000 new trees, capturing more than a hundred tons of CO2 this year. All thanks to individual acts of good adding up to big change. Now, with your help, we're taking our tree projects and sustainability commitment to the next level with a new service: a Zero Carbon Living tree-planting offset subscription. Using our existing project and partner infrastructure, each month we plant plant trees and invest in carbon-neutralizing clean energy and waste projects on behalf of our members, then verify the work to report back impact, allowing you to go carbon neutral (or gift zero carbon living to a friend) for less than the price of a weekly coffee ☕ While we don't think this alone will solve the climate crisis (one of the many reasons we provide digital infrastructure and tools to groups like Fridays for Future, XR, and Sunrise Movement), little differences DO add up when we spread the word and work together. To illustrate this, if every Spotify or Netflix customer went carbon-zero, it would carbon offset the environmental footprint of a country the size of Australia or Brazil. If you'd like to help us reach our next planting target of 1 million trees, we'd be extremely grateful, and you can start right here. Your contribution to plant trees and go carbon neutral is tax deductible. Trees planted through Brightest are planted in partnership with The Brightest Foundation Incorporated, a registered US 501(c)(3) public charity, EIN 83-3516335, alongside our local reforestation partner network. Your contribution to plant trees and offset your carbon footprint with us is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S law.

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Plant a Tree ($1 a Tree)

Brightest (Climate)

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Trees are the most efficient, natural carbon dioxide (CO2) absorbers on the planet. Planting a tree helps limit climate change, restart water cycles, keep deserts from spreading, and also provides vital natural resources to local communities. Every time you plant a tree on Brightest, you're making the world a little better (and more carbon neutral), while offsetting your personal carbon footprint. Each tree you plant offsets approximately 1% of a metric ton (MT) of CO2 each year, sometimes up to 2%. Healthy, protected trees live to be 50, 75, and often 100+ years old, making them one of nature's most important ecosystem protectors and climate change fighters. For easy reference, planting 30 new trees is equal to taking one car off the road for a year and neutralizing all its emissions and carbon footprint. By supporting our tree planting projects, you'll help protect forest biodiversity, restore degraded land, fight climate change, and promote local economic development in front-line communities. Our partners work with local conservation groups, farmers, and tree planters in the United States (including wildfire areas like California and Montana), Brazil, Haiti, Peru, Madagascar, Mozambique, and Tanzania to establish sustainable agroforestry systems using native tree species, create good-paying green jobs, and help protect the local environment. Trees planted through Brightest are planted in partnership with The Brightest Foundation Incorporated, a US 501 (c)(3) public charity, EIN 83-3516335, alongside our local reforestation partner network. Any contribution you make to plant trees with us is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law.

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Amazônia, Codajás

Volunteer to Become a Bike Buddy and Cycle with Refugees in London

The Bike Project

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Bike Buddies is a volunteer program that matches our refugee cyclists with a buddy in their local area to help them build confidence using their bike. If you love cycling and would like to share your knowledge of local short-cuts, safer routes and nice green spaces, then we need you! As a buddy, you'll be matched with a refugee cyclist and go cycling together! The main aim is to build confidence and knowledge of cycling, reduce isolation, improve well-being and encourage social integration and greater independence. Depending on what you and your buddy want and need, your rides could: - Practise cycling skills - Take a tour of the local area on your favourite quiet routes, secret short cuts and safe cycle paths - Show them local services, particularly low-cost or free facilities like a library, gallery, post office or leisure centre - Cycle to your buddy's appointment or help them with a task such as opening a bank account - Be for the sheer joy of cycling! We ask for you to commit to cycling with your refugee buddy at least 3 times. However, you're welcome (and encouraged!) to meet up more frequently than this and for as long as like. As a Volunteer Buddy, you're also very welcome to match with more than one refugee buddy at a time. Fun times! Please note, this is a pilot scheme and we’re starting with a limited intake. We’re very grateful to those who want to volunteer with us. However, we need to ensure we have a spread of volunteers across London, so we won’t be able to invite all those who apply to join us for a volunteer’s induction session, but we will do our best to accommodate your interest and get involved.

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Volunteer to Help Refugees in the UK

Refugee Action

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Volunteering with Refugee Action puts you at the heart of our work. There are a range of ways you can help, from making refugees welcome in their new communities to helping us in our offices. With ongoing crises in parts of the world like Syria, your help is needed more than ever. Volunteers are involved in all our teams and in every service we run. They bring a huge wealth of experience to what we do and come from a broad range of backgrounds, life experiences and ages. Volunteering with Refugee Action offers excellent opportunities to make new friends while supporting refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. It can also help you to develop your skills and experience. In a survey of our volunteers, 100% replied that they would recommend volunteering with Refugee Action to other people. Things for you to consider about this volunteer opportunity: - Most volunteering opportunities require a (part time) minimum time commitment of six months. If the time is less than six months clearly stated in the volunteer role description - Some of our roles require a DBS check (formally known as a CRB check), to work with vulnerable people we support. Refugee Action will help you fill in the application. - Many volunteering opportunities are available to people who are improving their English, but some roles may require a high level of English or existing IT or digital skills. - Most (but not all) volunteer opportunities require availability during office hours. In return, you'll receive from Refugee Action: - For roles that require working with refugees and asylum seekers, you will receive Comprehensive basic training that may include refugee awareness, working with people from different cultures, confidentiality and boundaries, safeguarding and working with interpreters. - On-going project training and development - Regular support and supervision sessions - Reasonable travel expenses and lunch where appropriate - Access to our Refugee Action well-being and development resources If you have other questions about volunteering with Refugee Action, please contact us.

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11 Belgrave Road
London, SW1V 1RB

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