Green with empathy: Month of events to raise money for rainforests ends with telethon, auction Sunday


Sure, you could go somewhere Sunday afternoon or stay home that evening. You’ll just risk having people think you’re in favor of destroying the Earth.

The annual charity telethon hosted by NRK, which is donating this year’s proceeds to the Rainforest Foundation’s efforts to help save rainforests and the people who live there, wraps up a month of activities this weekend with a trio of local events in addition to the national broadcast.

An open house at The Governor of Svalbard’s residents is scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, with new Gov. Kjerstin Askholt presenting a history of the residence at 1 and 2 p.m.

A local auction of items is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel. Children will also go door-to-door during the afternoon collecting donations.

Longyearbyen traditionally has by far the nation’s highest per-capita donations due to a larger-than-typical lineup of events.