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Support SEHN and Collaborate for Change


 

Dear friends,

I was startled and delighted when I read a version of the letter you will see below. Our newest staff member at the Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN) wrote to tell us why she personally makes a monthly gift to SEHN. Work like ours is an investment in the future. It is gratifying to know that this young person feels that being able to do this work is soul-satisfying in these difficult times. We hope that by giving a financial gift to SEHN that you share that sense of investment in a better future and that it is as deeply satisfying to you as it is to Kayhla Cornell.

 

I am reminded of Wendell Berry’s quote in his transcendent poem, Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

 

“Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.
Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.”

 

Investing in SEHN is to plant a sequoia. Thank you.

 

Carolyn Raffensperger


I have spent the majority of this year feeling, like you, on edge. The recent midterm elections have shown bright spots of hope—some amazing and incredibly diverse women have been elected to lead us forward. The presence of these brilliant leaders does not mean we can now be complacent—our jobs are really just beginning. We now have to hold all of our elected officials accountable.

This time, right now, is significant. I’m taking risks in order to make it in this field doing something important, to spend my time doing work that matters in real time. It’s more difficult, the path less paved, and success is not promised– but it’s important.

I have been encouraged working with the Science and Environmental Health Network throughout this past year. I know all of the employees personally– we are a small team. I know where our money goes and how it is used, how many people are reached through our funding.

The world can feel pretty hopeless on any given day. Some new, somehow worse headline, statistic, and injustice rocks us from our complacency every day. Working for SEHN has been a lifeline for me, a chance to keep my finger on the pulse of the environmental field. It gives me genuine hope– and I don’t feel that way often, it’s not the way my brain is wired.

 

 

I want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to donate to an organization that matters– not for my benefit, but truly for the benefit of all the communities this work has helped and will help. I’m talking fighting pipelines, creating the Women’s Congress for Future Generations, establishing Guardians of our shared resources, translating science and policy into accessible materials, and providing an on-call lawyer– like the first lawyer on the ground at Standing Rock, my boss.

 

Donating to The Science and Environmental Health Network is a direct donation to critical change in our world. We provide tools and resources to communities looking to combat environmental and health-related injustice. We work with them, not over them, and certainly not without them. We seek to bring all of the voices to the table, even though that’s harder work– it’s the most important.If you want to donate to a group who uses your money transparently, equitably, and responsibly– The Science and Environmental Health Network is it.

 

Personally, I have never donated to a job I have had before, and definitely not on a monthly basis. And while I wish it was more– I do donate $30 back to the organization every month. It’s what I can contribute, in addition to my actual work with them. I am invested in the success of our organization and this work. It isn’t much in the grand scheme of things, but it’s a lot for me and it adds up for the organization over time. Every amount is helpful and empowering.

 

 

If you wanted to donate $5 today, I would be grateful. I would be humbled. It would be the greatest gift– to see other people supporting non-profits who are looking to change our world in a significant way. To see more people like myself who want to empower communities to take injustice into their own hands– and win.

 

If you cannot donate, that is okay. Follow our work, instead! Start a conversation with yourself and with everyone you know. Pick up a piece of trash or 5. Swap your single-use plastics for something reusable and more sustainable.

 

Kayhla Cornell

PS. We need to raise $50,000 to close out 2018 and get a running start on 2019. Will you give today?

 

P.S.S. Please consider becoming a monthly donor today. We are so grateful to our monthly sustaining donors whose steady support is critical to this work. Please consider a monthly gift of $10 or $20 — whatever amount works for you, works for us. All gifts make a difference. Just like a piece of fabric, every thread adds to the strength of the whole.

 




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