This year, Earth Day falls on April 22nd but that does not mean that the 22,000 partners plus and organizations in 192 countries have not been busy throughout the rest of the year. Earth Day Network seeks to pursue its mission to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement through a variety of education, public policy, and activism campaigns and, as always, it needs your help. There are many things you can do to promote, campaign for or you can even pledge an ‘Act of Green’ for Earth Day. Visit their website here for more details but first, a quick recap on what the campaign is all about. In Education, the Earth Day Network has already worked to become a recognized leader in greening schools and environmental education curricula. Its Green Schools Campaign, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council and The Clinton Foundation, aims to green all of America’s K-12 schools within a generation. EDN’s Educator’s Network, which is used by over 30,000 teachers nationwide, helps to provide innovative education tools to promote civic participation and to develop a sense of environmental awareness. Earth Day Network’s Policy Team, who work closely with the Education Team, identify legislative opportunities on the federal, state, and local levels that promote and fund environmental education, green school facilities, and enable the shift to a carbon-neutral economy.
So how can you help? You can ‘Pledge an Act of Green’ which basically means you sign up to the campaign and pledge to do something, however small, to help green up the planet. For instance, recent examples of green pledges are to ‘Turn off all the lights when you leave a room’, ‘Cycle/Walk as much as you can to avoid taking the car’, ‘Plan a coastal clean up with extra tree planting’, etc. And you’ll find that many famous names, including the band REM have made their pledges too so you are in good company.
There are many different things that you as an individual can pledge to do but if you get stuck for ideas, then visit the home page when you can get some inspiration. Or, have a read of the following list: You can:
Eat more local food.
Use less water in the home by taking less baths and more showers.
Only water your plants once a week.
Install a water butt in your garden.
Make sure you use a cool wash for your laundery.
Switch off all electrical items at night and never leave computers or TV’s on standby.
Buy products with less packaging.
Use local delivery services such as milkmen.
Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth or shaving.
Start car pooling to the office.
Buy a hybrid car.
Or you can simply donate using the website’s online payment system
Whatever you decide to do, remember, we only have one Earth, let’s do something today to change our tomorrow.