On April 22, people around the world will be celebrating Earth Day in support of greater environmental awareness. On Causes.com, this is an issue that millions of people care about. In the last 12 months, more than 1.6 million people participated in a campaign — taking a pledge, signing a petition, or donating to a fundraiser — that focused on environmental issues. What can you do this year? Check out some of these campaigns and leave a comment below.
Breathing life into community gardens
In 2012, organizer Roger Doiron saved not one, but two front yard gardens from destruction. Now, he wants to empower 60 community gardens across the United States through his grants program, Sow It Forward.
Odwalla is pitching in by launching a pledge on Causes.com to help jumpstart his grants. For every pledge a person has taken in honor of Earth Day, $1 will be donated to Sow It Forward (up to $30,000). Click to learn more.
Restoring a forest in Louisiana
What better way to say, “I love you, Earth!” than to help plant some trees? For Earth Day, Dell is rallying their vibrant community on Causes to help plant 30,000 trees in Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge. Here’s what they told us: ”In celebration of Earth Day, we are inviting people this month to join us in taking action for the planet. Using tools on Causes, we’re asking people to make one small change to their daily routines: saving energy, reducing waste or cutting carbon emissions. For every person who pledges to join us, we’ll work with The Conservation Fund to plant a tree in the Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana, where the fund is creating more room to roam for the threatened Louisiana black bear. Through this campaign, we could plant up to 30,000 trees.” Click to learn more.
A marine park in Costa Rica
“Costa Rica has championed land based conservation for decades. This Earth Day, we are asking you to help Costa Rica in leading modern marine conservation and sustainable processes that serve as effective models for the region.” – Randall Arauz, organizer
Organizer Daniel Arauz Naranjo is rallying his community to help preserve the ecosystem around the waters of Nandayure, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Last week, he launched a campaign urging the Costa Rican government to create measures that would help fishermen and wildlife coexist for years to come. Click to learn more.
Packing vegetables in plastic
Is it necessary for a grocery store to package its vegetables with plastic? Organizer Michaelanne Petrella launched a petition in March to raise awareness about supermarket chain Trader Joe’s and their plastic packaged vegetables. More than 10,000 people have signed and momentum is growing. Click to learn more.
So far in 2013, your actions have influenced monumental change. Last month, 130,000 people from around the world supported the World Wildlife Fund’s campaign to ban the ivory trade in Thailand and won. How will you contribute to change? Visit Causes to find more ways to make an impact this Earth Day.