We’ve suffered through Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but more and more people are eschewing these frenzied traditions and participating in Giving Tuesday instead — a day dedicated to charitable giving and volunteership. We love the idea of this holiday at Grist — and what better way to celebrate than by hitting you up for cash?

I started Grist in 1999 to awaken more people to environmental concerns and spur them to take action. Over the years we’ve helped our readers find ways to de-stuff the holidays — last year, we dedicated the entire month of December to “Shifting the Gift” — and our surveys show that half of you have changed your consumption habits after reading Grist.

So, I invite you to join me in celebrating Giving Tuesday today. Drop off some groceries at your local food bank, teach your neighbors how to tune up their bikes, join the movement on Twitter, and maybe, just maybe, support your favorite nonprofit green news source.

Yes, Grist is a nonprofit — and we’re aiming to raise 300 gifts today. We hope you’ll help us get off to a strong start toward our goal of 2,500 gifts by Dec. 17.

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