Thursday, May 3, 2012

Mobilize the Earth



Earth Day 2012 and Beyond

          "More than one billion people in 192 countries took part in the 42nd Anniversary of Earth Day," the Earth Day Network reported on its website.  Due to the government’s inactivity and hands off policy with environmental issues, Earth Day is a giant leap toward sustainability and greener ways of life.  The Earth Day campaign uses a variety of methods such as petitions and events like the Billion Acts of Green.
          The Billion Acts of Green campaign encourages individuals, organizations, and businesses to show their support by taking environmental action and record the acts of volunteering/ donations, etc. The goal is to reach 1 billion recorded Green Acts and present it to the United Nations conference on Sustainable Development taking place in June 2012.
          In addition to a plethora of other campaigns, events, and activities, there is also an event particularly for university students called MobilizeU. It is a nation wide competition between universities based on Green Acts and who accumulates the most. This was a four-week competition leading up to Earth Day on April 22. Some of these acts included registering new voters, organizing community cleanups and other key Earth Day events.
          Other programs include Arts for the Earth, Athletes for the Earth, petitions for sustainable changes within schools and communities, as well as a religious outreach program. Find out what you can do to mobilize the earth even after Earth Day.

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--Deshaun Mitchell

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