Save the World you Treehugger!

If you have followed the news about these Germans, you may have noticed that their image has changed over the last years. After being accused of suppressing Southern Europe with austerity politics, more recently reports about the open border policy regarding refugees have taken over the headlines. Almost every person I met abroad in the last months started debating about that topic and most of the times I could sense admiration or at least respect.
But even before that, the massive subsidy program for renewable energies, which lead to chancellor Merkel being called the “Klimakanzler”, has made an impact on the way other countries look at Germany.

Politicians won’t save the world

But big political decisions aren’t worth much if people don’t support them. And if you look at Refugees and Renewables the German population embraced the good intentions behind both decisions. There were thousands of volunteers who welcomed refugees or helped them arrive and also thousands of house owners who bought solar panels and are now producing renewable electricity.

Get involved!

If you don’t own a house to equip with solar panels or don’t have the time to volunteer at a shelter, there are still no excuses for doing nothing. There are so many ways other than simply donating money in which you can help. In order to promote a few easy ways to do good, I gathered a few apps that help raising funds for charity without you having to raise your bum from the couch or your work desk. Here they are:

1. Ecosia

Ecosia is a Berlin based search engine that can also be integrated in Google Chrome. It donates ad revenues created by search queries to forestation projects.

2. natehelps

Natehelps is an Android app from Munich that shows ads on your phone’s lockscreen. By unlocking your phone you can donate the advertiser’s money to your chosen charity

3. Stands Adblock

Stands is an extension for the Google Chrome browser by developers from Tel Aviv. It’s an adblocker that blocks most advertisements, but lets some selected ads through, thus creating so called micro donations to a charity of your choice.

4. Donate a Photo

Donate a Photo is linked to US pharma company Johnson & Johnson. The company donates money for the photos you share through the app. The app is currently only available in the US, UK and Japan, so I could not test it myself.


Ok, I wasn’t entirely honest, the last one actually requires a little more effort than just lifting your phone. But most people need to counterbalance their office job by excercising anyway, so why not combine it with some charity?

5. Charity Miles

Charity Miles is a US App for iOS and Android that donates money by sponsors for every mile you run or bike by tracking your phone’s movements. And isn’t that more satisfying than beating your friend’s time?

And in case you wonder: No, I am not affiliated with any of the companies or developers but I think their ideas are great and easy to implement in anybody’s life without any loss of convenience. So if you happen to know any similar apps let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: “Eco-friendly” by Marina del Castell is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Written by Tom

Day-time engineer (of course!), free-time vinyl-nudger and uber-organised model citizen. When living together with Julia, we never thought we could be good examples.

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