Earth Day 2012 is right around the corner! This year Earth Day celebrates its 42nd anniversary on Sunday April 22nd. The 2012 Mobilize the Earth campaign is designed to help individuals unite their voices and take action towards creating a sustainable future. This movement strives to diminish fossil fuel subsidies, embrace renewable energy technology, improve energy efficiency, and make energy universally accessible.
In support of this green movement, the Earth Day Network runs a variety of environmental campaigns to generate awareness. Whether you spend time on a college campus or in a K-12 classroom, there are many ways to make a difference. MobilizeU is an international competition among universities that engender Acts of Green. Through this campaign, students take part in many activities such as conducting community clean-ups and organizing Earth Day events. Another Earth Day campaign, called Reading for the Earth, is seen in elementary schools across the country. This campaign promotes reading environmentally themed books to educates students about the environment and inspire them to read more often.
In celebrating Earth Day, individuals can also join the Billion Acts of Green campaign. This campaign allows individuals to voice their support and take part in environmental actions. The individuals, businesses, governments, and organizations participating in a Billion Acts of Green lend their names for a global referendum demanding change. The goal of this campaign is to record one billion green actions prior to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development being held in June 2012.
So start thinking about how you are going to celebrate Earth Day, because every individual can make a sustainable difference!Post by Sarah Kilburne, GEF Program Assistant