Getting Ready for Earth Day

International Earth Day is April 22nd, but now is the time to check your local community events listings to find out how you can contribute or participate. Around the world, companies, individuals, and communities are showing their environmental initiative by organizing events that encourage us all to reduce our collective environmental footprint. So consider this your call to action to “mobilize the earth!”

What can you do in less than 2 weeks? If you’re not sure, consider this:

  • Pledge your “act of green” on Earthday.org’s “Billion Acts of Green
  • Become and activist and take action to help the Earth
  • Make a donation to an organization that supports endangered species or other environmental intiatives
  • Stage a yard sale to give your belongings a new life and donate proceeds to an environmental charity
  • Commit to your social networks and family and friends that you’ll recycle “X” amount for the rest of the month, or forever!
  • How big is your environmental footprint? Take the Ecological Footprint Quiz
  • Organize a community clean-up
  • Eat food grown within a 100 Mile radius until Earth Day, and challenge your friends to do the same
  • Encourage your network of friends and family to “mobilize the earth!”

In case you didn’t know…The origins of Earth Day are from a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco back in 1969. The first proclamation of Earth Day was by San Francisco, the City of Saint Francis, patron saint of ecology. April 22nd was designated International Mother Earth Day by the United Nations in 2009. Earth Day is currently observed in 175 countries around the world.