As Earth Day nears, it’s important to take the time to advocate for our amazing planet. No matter where you are in the world, there are opportunities to get involved with the eco community – whether in person or virtually. Keep reading to learn about a few green initiatives to support this Earth Day!
Global Earth Challenge
Founded in 2020, the Global Earth Challenge is a collaboration between the Earth Day Network, the Wilson Center, and the U.S. Department of State. It allows anyone to become a citizen scientist – or a public volunteer contributing to scientific research. The entire campaign is run by a mobile app to collect everyday observations of air and water quality, insect populations, plastic pollution, and food sustainability.
At its core, the initiative is designed for the public – to give them the educational tools and opportunities for a greener life. It also comes equipped with a higher education model to incorporate new research into a syllabus, club, society, or any campus community.
There are already millions on board, making this the world’s largest coordinated citizen science effort to date – and you can be next to join in! All you have to do is download the official app for free to get started. Then, you’ll be able to record and share threats to the environment and human health within your community.
Do Just 1 Thing
With a practically endless list of sustainability options, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. That’s why Earth Day Initiative has started a campaign called Do Just 1 Thing, encouraging you to choose one small action that takes mere minutes. From there, the initiative will recommend new actions to take over time, allowing for a less stressful eco journey.
Do Just 1 Thing also calls on us to be “climate communicators,” making our voices heard by local communities. Do whatever you can – post on social media, tag public officials, or reach out to businesses you buy from. If you need some help, the official website offers sample posts and tags to get started. You can also stay updated with the latest activist events by signing up for their newsletter.
Global Biodiversity Campaign
The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) is made up of over 100 member organizations within 79 countries. Using a combination of different programs, the organization is working to empower people around the globe through environmental solutions.
To celebrate Earth Month, FEE is promoting the Biodiversity Campaign, which includes activities about the value of protecting nature. To get involved, you can take part in several actions, such as biodiversity quizzes, courses, webinars, and fun challenges. All experiences are designed to enhance your knowledge of the planet’s life.
Save The Planet – Feed Your Neighbor
White Pony Express is a 501(c)(3) organization supported entirely by volunteers, and they’re on a mission to end hunger. Since their founding, the group has successfully delivered over 18 million pounds of food to people that need it; in doing so, they’ve spared the atmosphere 17,000+ tons of carbon emissions.
Save The Planet – Feed Your Neighbor is a fundraiser specifically designed with community in mind. In an effort to combat climate change, the organization is calling for one-time and monthly donations to help transport rescued food to local neighborhoods.
With 130 billion meals thrown out each year in the U.S. alone, it has never been more vital to address this issue. Consider supporting the initiative to reduce emissions – all while fighting food insecurity along the way.
Spread the Word
Each year, Earth Day reminds us to choose green alternatives for a healthier lifestyle. But it also reminds us that together we are stronger. So, this month, show your support for those making waves in the eco movement – and join in to share your voice for a better world!
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Global Earth Challenge – Apple
End Plastic Pollution: Global Earth Challenge – Earth Day Network
Do Just 1 Thing: Be A Climate Communicator – Earth Day Initiative
Earth Day Fundraiser – White Pony Express