Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Remember the lives you can save
Hume's Ghost reminds us that if we haven't yet taken the Life You Can Save pledge, the start of a new year is a good time to do so. I make my own contributions at tax time: in the meantime, I am using Charity Navigator and GiveWell to do my research. Please don't give blindly—food is critical, but only as a stop-gap and crisis-response measure. Long term reduction of suffering also requires medicine, development, education, security, and family planning: a good mixture may do more good over the long run than exclusive focus on emergency relief.