Our planet is truly a glorious and magnificent place of incredible beauty and resources. But our Earth is in trouble — wherever you look, nature is under attack. Climate change, air and water pollution, ozone layer depletion, overfishing, and deforestation, are just a few of the urgent environmental issues our planet is facing. If we don’t take steps now to try and repair the damage, there might not be much of a world left for even our great-grandchildren!
The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970 in an effort to put environmental issues front and center. In fact, Earth Day is now celebrated in festivals and rallies around the world, not just here in the U.S. This year marks the 45th Anniversary, and it's too good an opportunity to waste.
If Earth Day is important to you, why not make a positive change in your community and plan your own activities? Not sure what to do? Here are a few tips to get your plan started:
First, determine the goals for your event. Awareness? Clean-up? Fundraising? Celebration? Then gather your team and create your project timeline and team meeting schedule.
Find a location and get the necessary permits, if required.
Get local businesses to help. Many companies make it a point to be green and want to help.
Choose an event with activities that can involve people of all ages and abilities. The more people, the more you can accomplish together!
Plan refreshments with vendors that provide organic foods and have them place plenty of recycling and composting bins around the event.
Publicize your event. A few ideas — place posters in local coffee shops, flyers on cars, reach out to your local media, use social media, create a fun video on YouTube — what else could you do?
Of course, your team will be the key to what activities you plan to do, but here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
Work with your local schools to plan events to educate your community on ways to help the environment.
Clean up! Parks, beaches, forests, river beds, streams, lakes — Mama Nature can sure use your help!! Research online to see how you can help these places.
Organize a bike to work or public transportation day.
Build a community garden.
Morris’s Earth Day Project
Morris is leading Earth Day clean up activities throughout all of April in his community. The project brings people together to clean up roadsides, streams, parks, and neighborhoods. He’s using Samepage, a free online project management tool, to organize and manage the multiple events and keep his team updated. Thanks to Samepage, the team has a central online location to easily communicate ideas, schedules, to-dos, and event details that everyone can access and share on-the-go using any mobile device.
Do something nice for the Earth — plan your own Earth Day activity and make a difference. Learn how Samepage can help.