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Offbeat charities to help the planet

If you have any green to spare in the new year, we suggest giving to one of these green, outside-the-box eco-charities.

Become a lord or lady: If you own land in Scotland, you can (sort of) be called “Lord” or “Lady.” And Highland Titles, a Scottish conservation group, is selling chunks of land on its Glencoe Estate—from one square foot ($49.99) to 1,000 square feet ($499.99)—that are accompanied by the appropriate (unofficial) title of Lord/Lady, as well as a guarantee that the section of nature reserve will be protected from development. Visit for more info.

Butterfly trees: Monarch butterflies have it hard enough, migrating and returning up and down North, Central and South America. Help them out by purchasing trees ($25 for 50 trees, $50 for 100) to be planted in deforested areas of Mexico where the butterflies spend the winter. Visit for more info.

Buy crap: As the accompanying video on the Oxfam website suggests, we can all give a shit. For $12 you can give a donation of manure to help the relief organization’s agriculture efforts. Visit for info.