A social networking site for the eco-savvy takes off. By Joshua Bernstein

Translating Care2’s social responsibility to the real world, Paynter admits, is a tad trickier. Though he recounts stories of members marrying (six couples, at last count) and volunteering for nonprofits, Care2 has not yet sponsored marches, protests, or other large-scale activist actions. But Paynter says members have made changes in their own lives, ditching toxic household cleansers, increasing recycling, and using less energy. “Change happens at the level of individuals,” Paynter says, “and their ability to influence and connect with others.”

I came to Care2 with a healthy dose of skepticism. Call me quaint, but when I want to be heard, I click off my computer and hit the streets. In a shifting activist world, I still prefer agitating for change the old-fashioned way. But several weeks of membership allowed me to see that Care2 embodies some of the Internet’s best qualities. Fixing the world’s problems can be a cold, lonely, Sisyphean struggle, and while the site may not offer every eco-answer, I uncovered a wealth of news on underreported stories. And I found mostly welcoming forums full of folks eager to listen (save for those ubiquitous crotchety rabble-rousers). The sense of community was palpable, with members reaching out to provide real online kinship. “This is a movement that is important to people who sit at their computers and are unable to travel the world by other means,” Minde told me. “It lets us get involved and be heard.”

They say that everybody has to start somewhere, and for many people these days, an ever-growing virtual community of like-minded friends is somewhere that makes sense.

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As an avid eco-clicker, conscious consumer, veg*an and volunteer, I have found care2 to be an extremely resourceful community with an amazing network. It helps us take that extra step and reminds us that there is always something we can do to make a difference, no matter how small. Making acquaintances along the way is an added perk.

I am a Senior Citizen and a proud member of Care2.I do feel I am making a difference.I first found Care2 because of a Elephant Petition a friend emailed to me...it was from Care2.Because of my love for Elephants and in particular The Elephant Sanctuary...I have been a member ever since.LOLOVE to all my friends at Care2.Blu'AbbeyCat

Am proud to be a C2 member.

C2 being mentioned at PlentyMag was first quoted by the commenter 3 paragraphs ahead of mine, and news do move quite fast at C2.

1 simple click at c2 = 1 big push at issues... that's how C2 members try to reach out to the world we all live in!

Thank you for this post. Everyone has heard of MySpace but, I had never heard of this Care2. I joined the site yesterday - it's great. I can already see that I will get a great deal of insight from there.

as a Care2 member I am the owner of one of the largest active groups on Care2, and I find the members very concerned with are Planet, as for signing petitions, and trying to click to donate on Care2, which is free, feel free to check care2 out and my groups--Philip J. Clarke Care2 Member and group Owner.

I have been a member of Care2 for three years, and I've seen a lot of changes occur, a great deal of hard work from the Care2 Support staff and engineers, and a lot of real activism in many different areas. To say that Care2 is facilitating the process of creating positive change in the world would be an understatement.

I am also the owner of Care2 Emergency Services, a group established and maintained by and for Care2 members so other Care2 members in temporary but immediate need can get help. The power of community is truly evident in this group, as members reach out to help each other with everything from clothing and housing needs, to financial assistance and computer help.

Care2 is an extraordinary site doing extraordinary things. In my years online, I can't honestly say I've ever seen anything like it...

Wolf Singer

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