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 create a new environmental paradigm. You can take action with an Earth Day-inspired Eagle Project. There are hundreds of ways you can honor the planet, but here are three to get you started. Share your Earth Day project ideas in the comments below!

The Great Global Clean Up

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Get a local Cub pack involved with your clean-up project and inspire future environmentalists!

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.

To get started and organize your own clean-up, email and download the Volunteer Clean Up Toolkit.

Plant Trees

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Eagle Scout Jamie Robinson during his Eagle Project

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

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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.

Are you planning a similar Eagle project? Share with us in the comments below!


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    Joseph Hirschi says:

    The intro sentence almost turned me off before I could read the story. “As the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day approaches in 2020, the time is long overdue for a global outpouring of energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to create a new environmental paradigm.” Stating that “the time is long overdue” suggests that we have been doing nothing. Creation of a new environmental paradigm has been ongoing since at least the 1960s when I started cub scouts (in Utah by the way). I’m all for “saving the planet” by continuing those efforts, not turning our backs on what is working to create a new “green deal” kind of paradigm that is not economically sustainable.

    1. Madison Austin
      Madison Austin ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


      I really appreciate your comment and your point of view, it definitely was something I had not considered. But I totally agree! There have been so many people working hard to protect the planet for decades, especially through Scouting. Maybe the “new paradigm” is just a focus on getting more people involved in the same things we’ve already been doing, specifically those who haven’t already been invested in saving the planet for the past 60 years.

      Keep up the great work!

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