With over one billion actions to date, Earth Day Network’s A Billion Acts of Green® – the largest environmental service campaign in the world – is steadily building commitments by individuals, organizations, businesses and governments to protect the planet.
A Billion Acts of Green® inspires and rewards both simple individual acts and larger organizational initiatives that reduce carbon emissions and support sustainability.
It’s a global referendum on the environment.
Earth Day Network launched the campaign in 2010, Earth Day’s 40th anniversary, with the goal of registering one billion actions in advance of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June 2012. They blew that goal out of the water and reached one billion actions on Earth Day, April 22, 2012. Earth Day showcased that achievement at Rio+20, demonstrating to world leaders the breadth of support for strong, coordinated action to tackle our most pressing environmental problems, such as climate change .
Now, they’re carrying that momentum forward to reach the next billion. This time, they’re channeling the power of A Billion Acts of Green® to move the ball forward on specific, timely issues. They’ll introduce fresh sub-campaigns periodically to inspire targeted action.
People can still register all the other actions they’re taking to protect the environment – from washing laundry in cold water and riding a bike instead of driving to planting a garden and volunteering with a community clean-up. And organizations can still register actions such as community environmental meetings, tree plantings, large-scale light bulb changes, workplace renewable energy retrofits, and Earth Day events.
The A Billion Acts of Green® website quantifies all these acts of green through an easy-to-use online registration tool.
Here are some of the examples of campaigns you can get involved in:
Protect Our Clean Air
Power plants generate 40% of all carbon emissions in the US. Tell the EPA to utilize Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act and start regulating existing power plants today!
Recycle Your E-Waste
Every year, thousands of old electronic devices are thrown into landfills, polluting the environment, when they can be recycled. Pledge to recycle your e-waste.
Restore the Canopy
Trees play a critical role in helping to alleviate poverty and improving the quality of life of impoverished communities. Help us plant 10 million trees around the world.
Want to reduce your energy costs and help the environment? Retrofitting your home or business with solar panels allows you to do both.
As the website states, and something we also believe in; Together, these actions add up to something big.