Earth Day 2012 - A Billion Acts of Green
For the past two years, Earth Day Network’s A Billion Acts of Green® campaign has been inspiring amazing environmental commitments from individuals, businesses, governments and civic organizations all over the globe. Their contributions have made A Billion acts of Green the largest environmental service campaign in the world.
And now, we’re proud to announce…
We’ve reached A Billion Acts of Green!
We were able to make this monumental announcement at Earth Day 2012’s flagship event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., at the steps of the U.S. Capitol, on a live webcast with the world watching.
A Billion Acts of Green is a global referendum on the environment. It shows the breadth of support for strong, coordinated action to deal with our most pressing environmental challenges. And we’re going to take this achievement to world leaders and demand just that.
Earth Day Network will carry your voices to Rio+20 this June, where world leaders will gather to determine the fate of global sustainable development.
When we began the campaign in 2010, Earth Day’s 40th anniversary, we never could have imagined the tremendous response we would see worldwide.
Throughout the campaign, commitments have ranged from the very small to the very large. Yeji from South Korea pledged to not use paper cups anymore, while Pearl from the United Kingdom pledged to sell her car and walk everywhere she could. We even had some fun commitments, like the guy who broke up with his girlfriend because she wouldn’t recycle. Individual commitments like these have always been the main focus of A Billion Acts of Green®, and without help from people like you, we would never be where we are today.
We were also fortunate enough to work with some incredible organizations whose larger environmental initiatives drove the campaign to new heights. For example, Earth Day Philippines contributed over 12 million Acts of Green through massive tree plantings, water projects, river clean-ups, recycling drives and school greenings. And Two hundred Catholic parishes contributed 100,000 acts of green through local service projects.
A Billion Acts of Green shows us that environmental issues are increasingly impacting how people live their daily lives. In the absence of national and international action to solve major environmental problems such as climate change, people are taking action into their own hands. And all these little actions add up to something big.
But, the campaign isn’t over…