IN YOUR COMMUNITY

IN YOUR COMMUNITY

IN YOUR COMMUNITY

It’s up to us to make a difference in our communities–and volunteering is a great way to get involved. Tons of organizations teach and mentor young people about how to take direct action in their communities. 

In Mississippi, about 20 teens fixed the town’s flooding issues by designing and revamping the town’s antiquated drainage system. In New York, students are installing oyster reef sites, helping to provide habitat to hundreds of species and protect NYC from storm damage. 

Across the country, youth are getting involved with community gardening through organizations like National Garden Clubs. If there is not a chapter near you, then you can always organize to start your own.  There are countless ways to be active in your community, and every action matters and makes a difference. All you need to do is find the organizations that speak to you and sign up!

Some organizations we love

Brightest offers virtual opportunities for climate action by searching based on your address or city. Dosomething.org is a youth-led movement offering action ideas on environmental topics that are impacted by climate change. They also award scholarships for completing a volunteer campaign. The Climate Mobilization group is always looking for eager volunteers who can dedicate hours.

In 2019, 1 in 4 American teens were taking action in their community. Unfortunately, most are now sheltering in place due to COVID, limiting opportunities to get out and get involved. The extra time at home though is a great opportunity to get educated, find the causes which speak to you and inspire you, and decide what you want to help with.

THINGS YOU CAN DO TODAY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Illustrations by Kathleen Founds

NEWS

KEY RESOURCES

Plant for the Planet

04/30/20
Inspired by Wangari Maathai, who planted 30 million trees in Africa in 30 years, Felix formulated his vision: Children could plant one million trees in every country on earth and thereby offset CO2 emissions all…

Billion Oysters Project

04/30/20
BOP, an initiative of the New York Harbor Foundation, is an ecosystem restoration and education project aimed at restoring one billion live oysters to New York Harbor and engaging hundreds of thousands of school children…

Sustainable Oceans Alliance

01/07/19
The Sustainable Oceans Alliance is a youth-led organization that empowers Millennials to become leaders in preserving the health and sustainability of our oceans. With education, resources and collaborative opportunities, we aim to inspire Millennials to…

MORE WAYS TO TAKE ACTION

Ride the bus

01/16/19
Buses are better for the environment and you are about 70 times more likely to arrive to school safely. And ideally, it’s an electric bus!

Plant a tree

01/16/19
Trees help to slow climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide. They also provide shade, which helps keep streets and houses cooler in the summertime and reduces the need for air conditioning.

Monitor and test your water

01/16/19
The EarthEcho Water Challenge  is a program that equips anyone to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies.

Recycle

08/15/18
Recycling conserves natural resources, reduces the need for landfills, prevents pollution, saves energy, and creates jobs.

Choose recycled goods

08/15/18
Look for the recycle logo on the things you buy, like paper, tissues, and paper towels.

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