MobilizeU Sees Overwhelming Student Participation in Earth Day 2012, Continues On
Over the past several months, Earth Day Network’s Earth Day University Campaign has been hard at work launching MobilizeU, a twofold initiative consisting of an international intercollegiate acts-of-green competition as well as a dynamic network of student environmental activists. MobilizeU challenges university students to mobilize their campus communities by organizing four weeks of environmental activism leading up to Earth Day 2012, by organizing environmental initiatives and educational events.
Now a little more than three weeks into the “MobilizeU Month” it’s incredible just how many students have been mobilized and how many acts of green they’ve generated for Earth Day 2012.
Thousands of students from 291 universities in 6 continents, 49 countries, and 36 U.S. states came together for MobilizeU, adding hundreds of thousands of acts of green A Billion Acts of Green® initiative. Tens of thousands of students have been activated through MobilizeU, and more than 5.5 million students have been impacted as their universities were mobilized.
These outstanding young organizers have been nothing short of inspiring as they challenged themselves and their peers to take on the monumental challenges that climate change and environmental degradation pose to their generation. And they’ve done it in a variety of creative ways.
The MobilizeU Team at the University of Belize instituted a campus recycling program, and the team at Bahcesehir University in Turkey organized an educational seminar with their local environmental official. At The Institute of Road and Transport Technology in India, MobilizeU organizers put together a massive tree planting mission with local school children, and the team at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, hosted a “Fight for your Food” Film Festival.
Students across the world pledged individual acts of green, registered new voters, organized huge educational events, and came up with countless ways to engage their communities in the environmental movement. Every university’s efforts have been passionate, energized, and admirable – their projects undeniably creating long-lasting change.
The incredible actions accomplished worldwide by MobilizeU student coordinators is a promising sign that young and future generations are informed and ready to take on our planet’s most challenging issues.
Though Earth Day 2012 has passed, there are still almost two more weeks left of the MobilizeU Month, enabling students to continue mobilizing their campuses and contributing to A Billion Acts of Green®!
Earth Day Network would like to thank all of the students who mobilized their campuses for Earth Day 2012 – we can’t wait to see what you will achieve next!
For more information, visit www.earthday.org/MobilizeU.