Earth Day, April 22, 2017

Here are 5 big ways to celebrate Earth Day:

1. Do some research. In her keynote speech to the United Nations on July 12, 2013, Malala Yousafzai said, “Let us pick up our books and our pens; they are the most powerful weapons.” Education and advocacy are two important factors in protecting the Earth. One of the best ways to do your part is to learn and continue to learn about all aspects of our planet and it’s current situation, and to speak up for what you believe is right. The March for Science occurring on Earth Day in cities around the world is a great way to participate in standing up for knowledge, innovation and environmental/wildlife protections. Check out 5 Reasons Youth are Pumped for the March for Science to find out more.

2. Fundraise. From the African savanna to the forests of New England, planet Earth hosts an abundance of awe-inspiring flora and fauna. Unfortunately, issues such as pollution, climate change, and illegal wildlife trade are compromising the futures of wildlife species and natural treasures worldwide. Fundraising for conservation organizations, raising awareness about environmental issues and making environmentally sustainable choices all contribute to the protection and restoration of our beautiful planet.

3. Plant something. What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to plant a tree? You can plant a tree in your backyard or even organize a tree planting ceremony in your community! Not sure where to start? Roots & Shoots U.S. NYLC member Yanni wrote an excellent guide to planting trees that can be found here.

4. Recycle. Did you know that metals found in your electronic devices such as gold, tin, tungsten, and tantalum are drawn from one of the largest chimpanzee habitats, the Congo River Basin? Mining in the Congo River Basin poses a threat to the Chimpanzees and other wildlife in the area. To prevent further mining, you can hold a cell phone recycling drive in your community or scout out electronics recycling kiosks in your community. To learn more about the Jane Goodall Institute’s Mobile Phone Recycling Day, click here.

5. Design a Roots & Shoots campaign. Roots & Shoots is a youth empowerment organization that provides valuable skills, tools, and support to help you design your own service campaign addressing an issue that matters to you. Or, hop on board and do something right away through a 1-Click Roots & Shoots Campaign. Click on a campaign that interests you for instructions and tips on starting a project or taking action for a cause.

I’ll be recycling at the drop off in Lansdale and planting.


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