Earth Dayâ€”April 22 of every yearâ€”is a day dedicated to inspiring and mobilizing people all around the world to demonstrate their commitment to the environment, sustainability, and this big green and blue planet we call home.
There are tons of ways to celebrate your commitment to the environment:
There are freebies
If you bring a reusable mug or tumbler into any Starbucks location in the US or Canada today, theyâ€™ll give you a free brewed coffee or tea. This promotion isnâ€™t just about free coffee, itâ€™s about keeping â€œnearly 1.45 million pounds of paper out of landfills,â€ as per Sue, manager of global responsibility at Starbucks.
There are celebrations
Our friends at the Nature Conservancy are hosting a Picnic for the Planet in a number of cities worldwide. The goal is for people to step outside and head to their favorite outdoor spot to enjoy good food in the company of great people. If youâ€™re in Seattle, be sure to swing by the Nature Conservancy of Washington’s picnic at Pike Place Market!
There are projects that let you make a direct impact on the planet
Jolkona has 15 projects that support the environment. For as little as $5, you can plant 50 trees in countries like Burundi, Ethiopia, and Haiti. To date, the Jolkona community has planted over 18,000 trees worldwide. How many more can we plant by the end of Earth Day?
In addition to planting trees, we have 4 projects for less than $100 that work towards ensuring environmental sustainability:
Teach Water Conservation to Costa Rican Youth – This is one of my personal favorite environmental projects that Jolkona offers as it combines two things: education and the environment. Through the Water Guards Program, students in Costa Rica learn about water conservation and how to teach what they learn to their peers and lead their community at school how to reduce unnecessary and wasteful water consumption. Talk about an amazing project!
Want to see this project in action? Last year, two Jolkona team members visited this project and saw its impact first hand.
Conserve African Rainforests â€“ Protecting the Earthâ€™s rainforests are essential for preserving biodiversity, mitigating climate change, and supporting local villages who are custodians of the forests.
Build an Energy Efficient Stove for Nepali Family â€“ A lot of people living in the U.S. have Energy Star appliances, so what does â€œEnergy Starâ€ look like in the rest of the world? This stove not only protects old growth forests in Nepal from being harvested but also reduces lung disease through proper venting and frees up the village women from spending an average of 8.5 hours per household per month on collecting firewood.
Train Environmental Youth Advocates in Kenya â€“ To create change in your own community, you need local leaders to be advocates and change makers. This project helps train ten rural village youth to educate and advocate on human-caused sources of pollution and the effects it has on public health in their own community. Much like the Costa Rican Youth project above, this one has amazing potential to make a lasting impact!
This planet is all we have right now, letâ€™s work to make sure we keep it!
How are you celebrating Earth Day?
Photo by: AlicePopkorn