For 2011 the theme is organized around that concept of A Billion Acts of Green®: Personal, organizational and corporate pledges to live and act sustainably. This is the largest environmental service campaign in the world and he is steadily building commitments in honor of earth day by individuals, organizations, corporations, and governments. Currently there have been almost 45 million Acts of Green to date according to their web site. The goal of this program is to register 1 billion actions in advance of the global Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil In 2012.
Following are some of the Elements of the Earth Day 2011:
• Athletes for the Earth™: This is a program that brings the voices of both Olympic and professional athletes to the environmental movement, and it has a track record in illustrating the interaction of these athletes and their environment and connects popular athletic events with environmental stewardship. Some of the participants for this include NFL linebacker Dhani Jones, Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference, World Champion Freeskier Alison Gannett, who also is the founder of the Save Our Snow Foundation by the way, Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Demong, Olympic Bronze Medalist Andrew Weibrecht, and Olympic Gold Medalist Aaron Peirsol.
• The Canopy Project: This is a project that helps to support global reforestation. The Earth Day Network planted over one million trees under the Avatar Home Tree Initiative in 2010, and plans to continue that into 2011 with an effort to plant an additional one million trees. This will be done in a large scale effort through partnerships with sponsor supported tree planting projects and non-profit organizations across the globe. Areas that are in the most need of reforestation projects include urban areas of the United States, Brazil, Mexico and Haiti.
• Women and the Green Economy (WAGE™): EDN is engaging women leaders from business, government and NGO leaders in the Women and the Green Economy campaign to help accelerate and provide the new thinking and the creative power needed for the new global post-carbon economy. The goal of this campaign is to create a policy agenda for Rio+20 and the relevant national initiatives that promote the new green economy, secure both educational and employment training opportunities for women abroad and to channel green investments to benefit women.
• Arts for the Earth™: This is an innovative educational program which was developed to teach sustainability and environmental education through both the museum and arts community networks.
• Creating Climate Wealth: This is a convergence of over 200 of the world’s leading entrepreneurs to help find solutions to climate change and help in the creation of the new green economy.
Last year we were not able to plan an event, but for this year, 2011, we are currently in communications with local government officials and pertinent businesses to organize a tree planting event that will benefit not only our local urban community, but the planet as well. At the EDN.Org website you can find more information on how and what to pledge as well as worldwide events. There you may also submit your own personal or organizations Acts of Green or make a pledge, and, or donate to the cause. To pledge your Act of Green you can go to the EarthDay.Org Act Site and make your pledge, read about others who have pledged, make donations, or find local events that you can participate in! Together we can make Earth Day 2011: A Billion Acts of Green® the biggest and best yet so go out and join and event or plan your own! Peace my friends, and Godspeed!