Going Beyond A Billion Acts of Green®
Last year, the Earth Day Network’s environmental campaign reached its goal of A Billion Acts of Green®.
The variety of pledges and acts defy the imagination. Ranging from simple, individual acts like walking to work instead of driving, to large corporate-sponsored campaigns such as with Twentieth Century Fox and Avatar partnership that planted 1,006,639 trees in 16 countries for the Avatar Home Tree Initiative and involved 31,000 volunteers. The City of New Orleans installed 343,829 Efficient Light Bulbs with A Billion Acts of Green®, representing one bulb for each city resident.
This amazing milestone solidifies the campaign’s position as the world’s largest environmental service campaign. With the momentum, the campaign organizers have vowed to keep it going and growing to reach the next billion acts, “channeling the power of A Billion Acts of Green® to move the ball forward on specific, timely issues.”
In 2013, “The Face of Climate Change” is the focus of this Earth Day and around the world, in 192 countries and countless cities, towns and villages, people are celebrating and demonstrating their faith in changing the face of climate change with more acts of green.
On the Earth Day website, the current featured actions include Protect our Clean Air, Recycle Your e-Waste, Restore the Canopy and Go Solar. All the Actions require actions from you, the reader.
On the e-Waste page, you can learn about recycling electronics responsibly. According to Earth Day “more than 50 million tons of electronic waste (e-waste) is generated each year in the U.S. alone and that only 20-25 percent of the waste is responsibly recycled. As a direct consequence, large amounts of hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, and cadmium leach into our air and water, contaminating our communities.” You can take the pledge to recycle responsibly right on the page.
The Canopy Project asks for help planting 10 million trees in impoverished areas. Watch 14 year old Jaden Smith, actor Will Smith’s son and star of the upcoming movie, After Earth, ask you to help.
“The Canopy Project is trying to plant 10 million trees over the next 5 years… That’s major. We need to get to work.” – Jaden Smith
The Go Solar page is an example of how corporate America is joining with the Billion Acts of Green® campaign to help individual incorporate solar power into their lives with a large donation from each solar installation.
But remember; Acts of Green don’t have to be huge. Consider using your own mug for your morning latte, remember to take your reusable bag to the grocery store and turn off your electronics when you aren’t using them. If we all do these small things this Earth Day and every day, they will add up to the billions of acts of green needed to keep the momentum going to create a cleaner and safer world for us, our children, their children and beyond.