Happy Earth Day!American Corner UDP www.americancorner.udp.cl What is Earth Day? Earth Day, on April 22nd is the annual celebration of the environment and a time for Americans and people from all over the world to assess the work still needed to protect the natural gifts of our planet. Earth Day has no central organizing force behind it, though several nongovernmental organizations work to keep track of the thousands of local events in schools and parks that mark the day. http://act.earthday.org/
Organize a community Check out this clean up in the cleanup at a local park, Cayman Islands: beach, neighborhood, or http://act.earthday.org/event/chambejust around town. Dispose the non-recyclable items and recycle the rest.
Find local experts on issues ranging from water pollution to the importance of biodiversity to the deforestation of the rainforests and ask them to give a small talk to the community. The event could be held in a local library, park, or even university hall.
Work with local teachers to teach about Earth Day, recycling, creating a school garden, or use one of Earth Day Network’s lesson plans: www.earthday.org/education
As cities grow, we mustn’t forget the importance of green spaces. Creating or sprucing up a community garden can be a great way to celebrate Earth Day. Coordinate with local environmental, farming, or eco groups in your area to help with upkeep and the grand opening, which could be on Earth Day!
To catalyze global environmental EDN aims to make "A Billion Acts activities, the Earth Day of Green" the largest Network developed its “A environmental service Billion Acts of Green" campaign in the world, campaign as the theme for inspiring and rewarding Earth Day 2011, and is simple individual acts and continuing it for Earth Day larger organizational 2012. initiatives that further the goal of measurably reducing carbon emissions and supporting sustainability.
Is your group passionate about an environmental issue in your community, state, or country? Organize a parade or march and build public awareness in your community.
Find a space, such as the library, a church, university room, or even café to show an environmental movie to get people talking about our environmental future. Prepare informational resources and discussion topics for after the screening.
Our forests are in massive decline and several places in the Americas and the Caribbean are in need of a helping hand. Coordinate with local tree planting organizations and local hardware or construction companies for planting materials and expertise. Outreach to the whole community! For ideas, check out this tree planting in St. Vincent and Grenadines: http://act.earthday.org/event/tree- fest-2011-environmental-expo
For tips on how to save money and energy at home and on the road, visit http://www.energysavers.gov
This issue of eJournal USA explores how young people are leading the way to a cleaner, greener, more sustainable future. From launching their own environmental organizations to developingalternative energy resources, todaysyouth have what it takes to make the world a better place.http://photos.state.gov/libraries/amgov/30145/publications-english/Growing_up_Green