A Billion Acts of Green ®

At over 44 million Acts, BAG is already the world’s largest environmental service campaign ever, and intends to collect 1 billion Acts before the Rio +20 Earth Summit in 2012!

Earth Day Network’s A Billion Acts of Green® campaign is the largest environmental service campaign in the world and is steadily building commitments by individuals, organizations, corporations, and governments in honor of Earth Day.

A Billion Acts of Green® inspires and rewards both simple individual acts and larger organizational initiatives that further the goal of measurably reducing carbon emissions and supporting sustainability.

The goal is to register one billion actions in advance of the global Earth Summit in Rio in 2012.

The A Billion Acts of Green® website quantifies acts of green through an easy-to-use online registration tool where communities and organizers can register Earth Day events and community climate meetings, as well as tree plantings, large-scale light bulb changes and workplace renewable energy retrofits. Simple individual gestures like riding a bike instead of driving and washing laundry in cold water may also be recorded.

Billion Acts of Green Sweepstakes: Earth Day Network’s sweepstakes, launched with underwriting support from SCA Tissue North America, which is a global leader in forest stewardship (as ranked by Ethical Investment Research Services in conjunction with The Independent, a U.K. newspaper), ended on December 31, 2010, with the two smart®fortwo car winners announced in early January.  But A Billion Acts of Green® continues!  Pledge your Act of Green here!

Some notable contributions to A Billion Acts of Green®:

  • School Greenings: Earth Day Network greened 40 schools globally for Earth Day 2010. From solar panels to school gardens, Earth Day Network worked with schools to significantly cut their carbon emissions.
  • Ocean Conservancy: More than 400,000 green acts came from the Ocean Conservancy, following a massive beach and riverside clean-up coast to coast.
  • Siemens: As part of their 2010 corporate sponsorship, employees of Siemens completed 789,041 green acts, including important work in Haiti and donations of thousands of generators, flashlights and skyhydrants, which extract drinking water from the atmosphere.
  • Earth Hour: Millions participated in Earth Hour on March 26, 2010. Each person who turned off their lights contributed a green act.
  • 200 Catholic Congregations contributed 100,000 acts of green through local service projects.
  • Earth Day Philippines: Through massive tree plantings, water projects, river clean-ups, recycling drives and school greenings, Earth Day Philippines contributed over 12 million green acts.
  • Avatar Home Tree Initiative: Through a partnership with Twentieth Century Fox and the Avatar & Blu Ray DVD, Earth Day Network and 16 partners planted 1,006,639 trees in 16 countries, directly involving over 31,000 individuals.
  • Peace Corps: In partnership with the Peace Corps, Earth Day Network worked with local volunteers to implement environmental and civic education programs, tree-plantings, village clean-ups and recycling seminars in rural areas including Ukraine, Georgia, Albania and Paraguay, helping to build environmentalism in some of the world’s most remote and underserved communities.
  • P&G Future Friendly collected thousands of green acts at Earth Day on the National Mall and through support of Earth Day Network’s iPhone and Facebook apps.
  • Kolkata, India: Plans for a small series of sponsored events evolved into a nationwide presence, 17 cities large.  Earth Day Network partnered with global and local NGOs and local government officials to coordinate city and village clean-ups, environmental rallies and educational programs for underprivileged children.  Earth Day Network has now established an office in Kolkata.
  • In China, 10 universities participated in month-long efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of their communities.  Students made lifestyle changes such as recycling and using public transportation to make a positive impact and result in quantitative carbon reductions.
  • In Morocco, the government announced an unprecedented National Charter for the Environment and Sustainable Development, the first commitment of its kind in Africa and the Arab world, which will inform new environmental laws for the country.  The Kingdom of Morocco also pledged to plant a million trees in 2010.
  • In Afghanistan, Earth Day Network worked with more than 40 government and village leaders across the country in environmental sustainability practices including recycling programs and the need for clean water and alternative energy.
  • In Mozambique, the president led a tree-planting initiative in schools across Maputo.

Please join us in A Billion Acts of Green® !

-Help Power the Movement

Source: www.Earthday.org

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