Thursday, 25 March 2010
Give your energy
Every year the energy companies here in Holland send the Dutch consumer a yearly statement for the usage of water, gas and energy.
The system is like this: there are monthly payments made by the consumer, which is a rough estimation of the yearly usage. At the end of that year, the actual usage is calculated, and you either get money returned, or need to make additional payments.
Now, this year our little household managed to get money back. This is not only great for us personally, it's always a surpise when you get money back from companies like these, but it sends a more important message: by using energy in a more thoughtful way, we contribute to a better environment, and eventually maybe even establish a way to help the people who have less.
Thanks to Jason Mraz, who regularly blogs about ways to change our water consuming habits, I came across http://tapproject.org/.
It's the Unicef Tap project.
For more info check out this site, or, alternatively, check out this video:
Every day when we wake up, depending on our circumstances, we have an amount of energy to spend. Usually we use this energy locally (family, friends, passions, work), but what if we could sprinkle some magical dust (our energy) on the world? On people we don't know, but who are special just like you and I?
Every one dollar donated to Unicef for the Tap Project will change many lives.
There are loads of people changing my life, adding to my experience of life, altering my perspectives, and I'm very greatful for them.
If you think about it, when you're in need, when the life road you're on gives you certain bends, which makes it impossible for you to see ahead, wouldn't you like to have someone who takes your hand and tells you to just have faith?
So, here am I, sharing my faith in the future with you.
I'm not telling you to donate your love and energy to the citizens of the world who need clean, fresh water, but I would sure love you for it.
It's just one dollar (0,75 euro). But if you're in a really grateful-for-my-life-and-want-to-share-this kinda mood (as I was yesterday), you could consider:
"Mobile DonationsSupport the Tap Project with Your Mobile Phone!
Just text "TAP" to UNICEF (864233) to make a $5 donation.
A one-time donation of $5 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Messaging & Data Rates may apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.hmgf.org/t. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying STOP to short code 864233; reply HELP to 864233 for help."
Sending you love and energy,