Dear The Board,
When someone dies their obituary usually says something along the lines of "In lieu of flowers, please send donations to ________." So my question is, what charity/institution/cause would you put in your obituary?
In all actuality, I'd probably prefer guests to help with funeral expenses for my family. But if that wasn't an issue, probably The Trevor Project, which is a crisis line and suicide prevention organization for LGBTQ youth.
Dear Diedrich Flossbottom,
I would have people donate the money to the Ecuadorian Rivers Institute. I met them in the place I where I got to know Owlet, Ecuador. They are a small, committed group of rafters that is doing their best to prevent destruction of free-flowing rivers and surrounding rainforest in the Ecuadorian Amazon by poorly planned hydropower projects created by corrupt Ecuadorian government officials in partnership with unscrupulous Chinese investments, like their dam that is diverting a large portion of the water from Ecuador's tallest waterfalls.
Anyways, from the ERI's website:
Years of exploring and documenting whitewater rivers in the Ecuadorian Andes and observing the significant and growing threats to watershed quality led to the formation of the Ecuadorian Rivers Institute in August, 2002.
The ERI is incorporated in the state of Colorado as a US non-profit 501c3 organization, and works to protect and conserve unique watershed resources in Ecuador.
The ERI targets river drainages which are important for recreational river use and advocates protecting river corridors for the benefit of maintaining the high levels of biodiversity and realizing sustainable, tourism-based economies in these areas.
Investigation, education and conservation are our primary activities. We engage in river and water quality monitoring, local river festivals, educational seminars and tourism advisory. We advocate for protected river designations, the Jondachi-Hollin-Misahualli-Napo free-flowing protected ecological corridor, and improvements to environmental legislation and watershed management/policy.
In any case, they could use some more funding for legal fees and can always use help with GIS mapping stuff.
As an aside, I hope when I die that my obituary is not saccharinely sweet and neglects to mention some of my negative qualities, like the fact that I seriously procrastinate a lot, that I'm too stubborn for my own good, and especially the shameful and awkward fact that I have never before held an owl.