The Earth has limited resources. With an ever-increasing population, we are using those resources at a staggering rate. Plus, some of the waste we generate pollutes our waterways, air and land, which can harm our health, and our natural surroundings.
Each of us has the opportunity to help our planet by remembering to “reduce, reuse and recycle.” You can lead a cleanup of a river, beach or park in honor of Earth Day; use reusable shopping bags; or start a recycling project at work. Whether you like small projects or big ones, physical work or more brainy tasks—there’s a bunch of ways for you to help others go green.
Tasks can range from as little as 15 minutes (to help a neighbor replace old light bulbs with energy-efficient ones) to numerous days - for example, to plan and lead a river cleanup.
Here are some great reasons to do this project:
STEP 1: PICK A PROJECT
See list of sample projects in this guide. Determine if you want to help a neighbor, help at work, or organize a project in the community. Consider planning a project for Earth Day, which is April 22 each year.
STEP 2: SET MEASURABLE GOALS
“Meet a neighbor to take public transportation to work three days a week,” is better than “Start taking public transportation to work.” Write down your goals so you can refer to them and track your progress.
STEP 3: RESOURCES
Determine what resources you’ll need to complete the project.
STEP 4: GET STARTED
Go for it! Start as soon as you’re able.
STEP 5: INSPIRE OTHERS ON CREATETHEGOOD.ORG!
KEEP UP THE GOOD!
Visit Create the Good for a range of opportunities to use your life experience, skills and passions to benefit your community.
If you are interested in additional information and ways to get involved in helping the environment, here are just a few organizations you may want to check out:
Earth Day Network - www.earthday.net
Earth Day Network was founded on the premise that all people, regardless of race, gender, income, or geography, have a moral right to a healthy, sustainable environment. The Earth Day Network provides information for environmental education and greening schools, and is always looking for volunteers to help organize or staff Earth Day events and provides useful green tips and activities for families.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - www.epa.gov
As the leading source on environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts, the EPA is an important resource on information, volunteer opportunities, as well as tips and actions that people can take at work, home or at school.
National Wildlife Federation - www.nwf.org
With more than 4 million members, partners and supporters in communities, the National Wildlife Federation is the largest conservation organization in the country. Members can get involved in restoring wildlife habitats, fighting global warming and connecting with nature.
U.S. National Park Service - www.nps.gov
Safeguarding nearly 400 sites, the National Park Service works with over 2 million volunteers to help educate visitors and preserve history throughout America. There are multiple opportunities to get involved with or volunteer for the National Park Service; the organization is always looking for more help.
American Rivers - www.americanrivers.org
Among other river-saving efforts, American Rivers provides information and support to volunteers who want to organize a clean up of a local river, stream, lake or beach. Check out the National River Cleanup section of the site.