There are days and national holidays to commemorate various turning points in history and birthdays of leaders of our nation. Each one comes and goes with relief at a day off from work and school, but that’s about it. There’s no sentiment involved. And then there’s Earth Day. Earth Day is more than just a commemoration; it’s a call to action, urging people worldwide to help save our planet.
This year, the Earth Day Network is working to trigger a billion acts of green, the largest environmental service campaign in the world. They are steadily building commitments by individuals, organizations, governments, and businesses, in honor of Earth Day.
Rubberecycle, manufacturers of rubber mulch, work year round to contribute to the Green Revolution by manufacturing rubber mulch from recycled rubber tires. Rubberecycle manufactures Playsafer playground mulch and other products that are environmentally friendly. They work tirelessly to bring awareness to the great cause of the Green Revolution, in much the same way as the Earth Day Network. On this day, Earth Day, there is no better time to help support the environment by purchasing recycled rubber mulch that will keep kids safe all summer long.
A Billion Acts of Green inspires and rewards both simple individual acts and larger organizational initiatives that reduce carbon emissions and support sustainability. The goal is to register one billion actions in advance of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development happening in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012.
This year, Earth Day is being heralded by a reception in Washington D.C.’s National Mall, and events across the country. Some notable contributions to a Billion Acts of Green include:
Schools Becoming Green: Earth Day Network has worked to remodel40 schools across the globe with eco-friendly technologies and resources. From installing solar panels to planting school gardens, the progress in education has been incredible, and continues to grow.
Ocean Conservancy: More than 10 million green acts came from the Ocean Conservancy, following their annual International Costal Clean-Up Day, which has seen nearly 9 million volunteers from 152 countries work to clean shores, streams, rivers and the ocean.
Earth Hour: Every year on March 26, millions of people participate in Earth Hour, turning off their electricity.
Earth Day Philippines: Through massive tree plantings, water projects, river clean-ups, recycling drives and school greenings, Earth Day Philippines contributed over 12 million Acts of Green.
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 of Ukraine, Georgia, Albania and Paraguay, helping to build environmental awareness in some of the world’s most underserved communities.