Earth Day 2011 is coming up next month and if you haven't taken a moment to get involved, this is the moment to spring into action.
This year's theme is organized around A Billion Acts of Green®: Personal, Organizational and Corporate pledges to act sustainably. A Billion Acts of Green® is the largest environmental service campaign in the world and has organized 45 million actions to date.
The elements of Earth Day 2011 will include Athletes for the Earth, which brings high profile Olympic and professional athletes to utilize their star power in support of environmentalism; the Canopy Project, which supports global reforestation; Green Schools, which hopes to greenify America's schools within the next generation; Creating Climate Wealth, which will gather 200 of the world's entrepreneurs to work on climate change and create a greener economy; Women and Green Economy(™), working to engage women in creation and development of global green economy; and Arts for the Earth, which celebrates the environmental artists of the world and hopes to make museums more sustainable.
But those are just the big name projects. Consider that Earth Day could be the opposite of a Lenten-style holiday of sacrifice. Instead of giving up something, perhaps you gain something. Instead of giving up mileage on your car, you gain a rider (or two) in a car pool. Instead of looking at bare walls in your office, add some plants or a miniature tree. Instead of spending money on air conditioning this summer, add a fan and keep the air moving to save on electrical power usage.
A Billion Acts of Green® can start in your office or home as you greenify in small ways. Because with our Earth, every little bit helps this year and every year.