Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, and while it’s easy to appreciate a day that celebrates the importance of environmental protection, it’s not as easy to figure out what actions you can take on Earth Day to show your support for the movement. Here are six ways you can be proactive about environmental protection on Earth Day, and every day.
Stop Using Plastic
The theme of Earth Day this year is End Plastic Pollution. The Earth Day Network has created a webpage where you can calculate your personal plastic consumption and make a pledge to reduce it. You can find the calculator and pledge submission form here.
Get Some Education
Education is critical to improving our relationship with the environment.
There are thousands of groups around the world working in their communities to provide solutions for a healthy environment. You can take a little time to learn about some of them by visiting Patagonia’s Action Works database here.
You can engage in skills-based volunteering by offering to help organizations fulfill specific needs through the skills you have from your work experience.
Earth Law Center, for example, needs support with logo design and visual brand identity. The New York City-based organization works to transform the law to protect nature’s inherent rights to exist. The work can be completed remotely, so anyone, anywhere can volunteer. Ready to help? Find out more here.
There are many other skills-based volunteering opportunities that you can learn about through the Actions Works database. Some other examples include, infographic development, brochure graphic design, and website construction.
Attend an Event
You can also attend a volunteer event scheduled for Earth Day near you. Friends of the Parks, for example, is a Chicago, Ill.-based organization that holds an annual Earth Day celebration and clean-up in parks across Chicago. Learn more about their event here, or check your local community boards for an event near you.
Sign a Petition/Communicate with Politicians
Lending your voice to a group of people trying to create change is a small action you can take that can have a big overall influence. Here are a couple of calls to action that you can check out, and engage with, if you’re interested. The Action Works database keeps an ongoing list of open petitions, so you can visit the database to find others.
The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is calling for legislation that will double wind and solar in Maryland by 2030. Learn more and sign the petition here.
The Openlands conservation organization is calling for people to send a message to their legislators to halt the Trump Administration’s Rebuilding Infrastructure plan, which would reduce environmental protections by eliminating infrastructure project reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act. Engage with Openlands here.
Make a Donation
Even if you don’t have time to volunteer or attend an event, you can lend support through a donation to groups that work throughout the year on specific climate and environmental initiatives. There are many groups to support all around the world, so find an issue that matters to you, and consider making a donation for Earth Day. Here are a couple interesting options, or find hundreds more in the Actions Works database.
People & Planet supports a network of over 2,000 young activists in the UK seeking change. The organization says they’re currently making great progress on campaigns to get Barclays to divest from fossil fuel investments, and are supporting a bid to hold the UK Government accountable on climate change. You can donate here.
Green City in Munich works to promote sustainable transportation, renewable energy and urban planning. They say they present 150 environmental campaigns every year.
You can donate here.
Being present and showing your support throughout the year for organizations in social media can be a big help to their work. Share a post or information about an event or campaign into your personal network. Take a little time on Earth Day to follow some new environmental organizations you didn’t know about before, and enjoy the new connections.
The Action Works database provides links to social media pages for many of the organizations listed there.
Here are some connections you can make to get you started:
- Irish Wildlife Trust on Twitter (Ireland)
- Kiko Network on Facebook (Japan)
- Women’s Environmental Network on Facebook (United Kingdom)
- Stand.earth on Twitter (Canada/US)
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