Step one? Break the problem down into small, easy-to-tackle components. After exhaustive research and intense vetting, we’ve rounded up 31 philanthropic -organizations and innovators—like the guy above, Wallace J. Nichols—that have identified the planet’s most pressing needs and hatched the smartest new ideas to deal with them. Step two? That’s where you come in. Just scan our list of finalists, give your money or your time (or both), and you can take on anything—from ocean restoration and disaster relief to microloans and smart technologies that protect wildlife, clean up the atmosphere, and jump-start poverty-ravaged economies.
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