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Think the Earth would like to introduce the websites we sympathize with.


Cosmo Earth Conscious Act
www.tfm.co.jp/earth/
A website that proposes taking the first step to realizing a critical concept: that each and every person be conscious of Earth.
The Act has been spreading the message, "we love music, we love the Earth" through music since 1990, and the proceeds from "Earth Conscious Fund-raising" at the concert hall and charity auctions are donated to WWF Japan (World Wildlife Fund Japan). This year they've launched a new act: an FM-based appeal to listeners nationwide to volunteer to pick up empty cans and other litter in their local areas, called the Blue Earth Project. Activities planned for the different regions can be searched on the website (in Japanese only)--check out what's happening in your area. The initiative is a partnership between Cosmo Oil Co. along with Tokyo FM and JFN (a 37-station FM network).
Save the Children
www.savethechildren.net/
An international NGO, founded in England in 1919 to aid children who lost their homes and families in World War I, with over 80 years of experience in relief activities. The organization was inaugurated in 1979 as International Save the Children Alliance, which comprises 30 organizations in over 100 countries around the world working toward a common goal: to "make a reality of a world which respects and values each child." Save the Children also contributes to earthquake, flood, and other emergancy disaster relief efforts.
PLAN International
www.plan-international.org/
PLAN International is a child-focused non-profit aid organization founded in 1937. Through PLAN, approximately 1.2 million foster children (who live in regions that benefit from the project) in 42 developing countries currently receive aid from almost 900,000 foster parents (who make regular contributions to the project) in 14 donor countries.
Upon application, parents are introduced to their child. You receive annual reports on your child's progress, project activities, and the organization. By making regular, ongoing contributions, you can help people in developing countries make tangible improvements in their lifes and promote self-reliance. You also enjoy the personal exchange of letters and photgraphs with you child.
CARE International
www.care-international.org/
CARE International represents a body of 10 autonomous Member organizations based around the globe, in Europe, Australia, Japan and North America. Established in 1945, CARE uses over 50 years of skills and experience to help those living in poor and disaster-stricken areas take charge of their own lives and make a better future for themselves.
Home for Buddhas
www.miaki.com/earth/
Created after accidently meeting a Nepalese woman named Meena while travelling in Nepal and being impressed by her self-sacrificing activities on behalf of homeless and blind children in her home country, this website calls for support for Meena's efforts from Japan. In Nepal, ten U.S. dollars provides one day's sustenance for three street children and two blind children. The website describes the objectives of Meena's efforts and reports on her activities to date. It communicates what Miaki Nakashio, who created the website, believes is important: "that the necessary items are passed directly on to people in need, not through organizations."
The Hunger Site
www.thehungersite.com/
Creators of the epoch-making system by which 0.5 cent is donated by sponsors to the World Food Plan (WFP) in exchange for 1-click-a-day by visitors to the site. The way that the design of this site networks goodwilled people worldwide and provides advertising value for sponsors as an approach to resolving world hunger made the scales fall from my eyes. The site has become renowned, and now gets several hundred thousand clicks a day generating enormous contributions. They have recently added two new donation sites to protect tropical rain forests, and to stop children from contracting AIDS, making the concept all the more solid.
OneWorld.net
www.oneworld.net/
Despite talk of the world as one, local topics make up the bulk of news that flows through the media. This site links worldwide non-profit organizations with the news media, and reports news that mass media tends to overlook. Their name alone expresses their objective--media for a borderless world. In a broadband age, they will undoubtedly foster imagery-based media. They are distinguished for their stance in the fight against injustice.
Sensorium
www.sensorium.org/
The possibilities of the internet should be boundless. With the precedence it has set in today's business trends, we tend to forget that the internet should be a "conduit for sensing the world more vividly." The members of this site converse, ideate, and continue to make proposals that explore that possibility.
OrcaLive
www.orca-live.net/
Nature Network is the brainchild of Dr. Paul Spong, known for his ongoing research of wild orcas at Johnstone Strait, Canada for over thirty years.
His concept involves setting cameras and mics in Nature throughout the world forming a network of live transmissions. OrcaLive opened in 2000, forming the first step in realizing Dr. Spong's dream. This site has succeeded in transmitting 24-hour live imagery and sound from Dr. Spong's base at Johnstone Strait for three months. The project is scheduled to continue in summer 2001.