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!

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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

WALK, BIKE, OR

TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

In the US, over 30% of carbon dioxide emissions come from transportation, mostly cars and trucks.
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DON'T

LITTER

Trash tossed carelessly outside often washes into storm drains, which empty into rivers and streams that eventually flow to the oceans.
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National Geographic

PICK A CAUSE AND

VOLUNTEER

There are so many inspiring organizations to volunteer with that it should be easy to find one that resonates with a cause you’re passionate about.
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DONATE

YOUR THINGS

For unwanted items that are still useable, donating helps others and reduces waste.
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JOIN AN

ORGANIZATION

There are many empowering community organizations that respond to community needs while building and teaching new skills.
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SHOP

LOCAL

Supporting local businesses provides jobs, reduces transportation costs and carbon emissions.
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NEWS

KEY RESOURCES

Billion Oysters Project

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…

Plant for the Planet

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…

Sustainable Oceans Alliance

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

Plant a tree

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.

Ride the bus

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!

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