Most of us know that Facebook can suck you in for hours and hours (and hours). You may not intend to spend all day there, it just kind of…happens.
Some are amusing themselves with imaginary crops, some are frantically and obsessively fitting puzzle pieces together, while others are pathologically consumed with bubble popping.
However, not all things facebook are “time-wasters”. As a matter of fact there are many community service links to be found underneath all the farms, shapes and bubbles.
This morning I discovered the website Kids for Saving Earth (KSE) Programs.
This program was started by one kid who wanted to make a difference.
From the Website:
Clinton Hill was special……not because cancer tragically took his life at the age of eleven, but because the life he lived displayed courage and sensitivity to the world around him.
He couldn’t understand what we were doing to our planet — we dumped poisons into our skies and rivers and showed neglect for our precious plants and animals. How, he wondered, could we do such things? Of course, we all continue to wonder. But here is where Clint was different.
He didn’t just wonder. He acted. He started a club for kids, dedicated to peaceful Earth-saving actions. The first club was in his school, Sunny Hollow Elementary in New Hope, Minnesota.
How was I lucky enough to find this site on Facebook amongst all of the imaginary crops, puzzle shapes and bubbles waiting to be popped? I “liked” a page titled Green Ribbon Schools.
They update their Facebook page with a variety of links to sites and articles they find to be both interesting and educational, and they share the information with people who “like” their page.
How else could a Facebook user in Gilbert effortlessly chat with friends and family AND discover and connect with small environmental groups across the country?
With the recent changes to the way Facebook looks, many are expressing feelings of disenchantment. I agree that changes can be disruptive and unpleasant, however, Facebook is still a treasure trove of obscure information if you can ignore the farms, shapes and bubbles long enough to actually peruse the many organizations chock full of information you might otherwise never find.
Now…if you’ll excuse me, I have 9 Facebook messages to attend to, and more pages to discover and “Like”…
Tracy Lynn Cook is a writer in Gilbert, Arizona. She is active on Facebook, Google +, Twitter, or contact her via email at TracyLynnCook@gmail.com.