Going green is that rare chance to do something for yourself that also benefits your neighbors, your community, your children, grandchildren, and the rest of the world. This isn’t about trying to save the planet with huge actions. It’s about lots of people doing small things that all add up to make our world cleaner, greener and healthier. Planet Earth has given us a lot – from the air we breathe and the water we drink to bounty of the oceans, rivers, mountains and fields. With simple steps, we can collectively return those favors.
The Earth has limited resources. With an ever-increasing population, we are using those resources at a staggering rate. Plus, some of the waste we generate pollutes our waterways, air and land, which can harm our health, and our natural surroundings.
Reduce your carbon footprint – a measure of the amount of carbon dioxide produced by a person in a certain amount of time – with small actions or big ones.
Each of us has the opportunity to help our planet by remembering to “reduce, reuse and recycle.” You can lead a cleanup of a river, beach or park in honor of Earth Day; use reusable shopping bags; or start a recycling project at work. Whether you like small projects or big ones, physical work or more brainy tasks—there’s a bunch of ways for you to help others go green.
Tasks can range from as little as 15 minutes (to help a neighbor replace old light bulbs with energy-efficient ones) to numerous days – for example, to plan and lead a river cleanup.
Who can do this?
Everyone can go green!
Great Reasons to do this Project
- Lowering your carbon footprint helps create a healthier planet for current and future generations.
- Using fewer resources helps lower America’s reliance on foreign energy—and that helps our country in many ways.
- Living greener helps clean up—and preserve—our treasured natural environment.
- Doing green projects with family, friends and neighbors strengthens the bonds that make a vibrant community.
- Involving your children and grandchildren in green projects enables you get to teach—and learn from—future generations