As the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day approaches in 2020, the time is long overdue for a renewed global outpouring of energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to
The Great Global Clean Up
Get inspired by the Earth Day Network’s Great Global Cleanup program for your Eagle Project. Organize a clean-up in your community and join a worldwide campaign to remove billions of pieces of trash from neighborhoods, beaches, rivers, lakes, trails, and parks — reducing waste and plastic pollution, improving habitats, and preventing harm to wildlife and humans.
Planting trees may seem like the cliché service project everyone does, but considering that more trees are cut down on Earth Day than are planted, it is still a worthwhile cause. And of all the actions you can take personally to improve the climate, planting trees is one of the easiest and most fulfilling.
However, you can take this project one step further by being meaningful with where you plant trees. Instead of planting trees in a neighborhood park, contact your local environmentalists or arborists and determine an ecologically beneficial location to plant. For example, this Scout planted trees along the banks of a local waterway, which will help strengthen the shore, filter water, and provide habitats for insects and wildlife.
Start a Community Garden
I often feel torn between my love for helping people and my desire to take care of the environment. But, being an activist for these two issues doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive. If you often feel the same way I do, creating a community garden for your Eagle Project is the perfect way to put your passion for people and nature to good use.
Like this Scout who started a vegetable garden to feed the hungry in his community, you too can work with other organizations to create the best solution and provide fresh food to those in need.
Your garden will also benefit the environment and your local ecosystems. By growing your own garden, you are the one to decide what goes on your plants and into your soil, allowing you to reduce the amount of harmful chemicals polluting our environment and waterways. Organically growing your own food is sustainable and nourishes your soil by using safe and natural fertilizers and products. You also are reducing waste from food packaging materials such as man-made plastics and cardboard, that also travel hundreds and thousands of miles. Organic gardens also provide chemical-free sources of pollen for insects, which will be a benefit to your community as a whole.
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