Water, Earth, Sky

Scott Shenk writes about the environment.

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How about `green’ Friday?

OK. You’re in gear to shop, and you’ve been to the chain stores, the malls for the big discounts on TVs, toys and lots of stuff you think you need, but in a month realize you really didn’t.  So in honor of Black Friday, here’s some environmentally friendly ways to spend some of that holiday cash or plastic while helping the planet at the same time.

In no particular order, you can check out the Sierra Club’s Sponsor a Wild Place. For as little as $20, you can help protect worthy spots such as the  Arctic National Wildlife Refuge  and Yellowstone National Park.

 Help  the Chesapeake Bay Foundation continue its battle for clean bay as momentum grows for a strict `pollution diet’ for the bay and stronger state participation and accountability. It has a store, a calendar deal and a link for donations.

At Kiva, buy gift cards that provide life-changing micro loans to entrepreneurs in places were sustainability and land-use issues are critical. For cool gifts such as  the Mini Solar Robot Kit frog ($19.99), biodegradable plates ($9.99)  or a solar fuel cell car experiment ($149.99), try EnviroCitizen’s eco-friendly  superstore.

TreeHugger has a holiday gift guide, described this way in its online catalog:  “For the 2010 holiday season, TreeHugger is redefining luxury with 10 categories and over 100 low-impact gifts, each packing a high-impact punch when it comes to thoughtfulness, quality, durability, and, of course, kindness to the environment.”

For fair-trade products where producers receive a living wage, check out Ten Thousand Villages in Central Park.

There you go.