We’re bringing the environmental movement to college campuses. Earth Day Network launched its higher education campaign, MobilizeU, in 2012. Since then, over 500 US colleges and universities and 380 global colleges and universities have joined. Recognizing the power, energy, innovative abilities and organizing capacity of college students across the planet, MobilizeU has created an international movement of concerned and active students and administrators uniting around their common interest of environmental action in support of a sustainable future for all.
Helping End Plastic Pollution
Earth Day 2018’s Theme
From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet. In response, Earth Day Network (EDN) has built a multi-year campaign and program to End Plastic Pollution, which calls for Earth Day 2018 on April 22 to be a pivotal moment to fundamentally change the human attitude and behavior concerning plastics and catalyzing a significant reduction in plastic pollution. In 2018, MobilizeU will again play a critical role as the Higher Education ambassador for Earth Day. Start the conversation and the community action on your campus by organizing a Teach-In on issues surrounding plastic pollution and other environmental topics. See our resources.
About Plastic Pollution
- As of 2010, 3.5 million tons of solid waste were generated per day and will rise to 6 million tons by 2025. 10% of that waste is plastics. Less than 10% of plastic is recycled.
- There’s mounting evidence that chemicals leached from some plastics used in food and beverage storage are harmful to human health and have been linked to problems such as chromosomal and reproductive system abnormalities, cancer, adult-onset diabetes, and obesity.
- Plastics linger for years polluting, collecting other pollutants on their surface and shedding microscopic particles, which are now found in many water systems and the food chain. Therefore, when we consume fish or other animal products, we could also be consuming these pollutants and the plastic itself.
- Plastics are also injuring animals and marine life. Pieces of plastic of all sizes have been found in even the most remote marine and land environments. Animals are being harmed by eating plastics, birds killed by eating plastics, and large marine mammals drowned when caught in discarded ropes and netting.
- Single-use-plastics are particularly problematic because they are often small, light enough to float and be transported by wind and water, and are produced in unbelievable amounts. Soon, there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans measured by weight!
Earth Day Network is responding by launching its 2018 global campaign to End Plastic Pollution, including:
- Lead a grassroots movement to support the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution;
- Educate, mobilize and activate citizens across the globe to demand that governments and corporations control and diminish plastic pollution, taking also personal responsibility for plastic pollution by choosing to reject, reduce, reuse and recycle plastics;
- Promote local government regulatory and other efforts to tackle plastic pollution, and,
- Empower journalists globally to investigate and report on the sources, impact and emerging solutions for plastic pollution.
Other Resources From AASHE:
- Here is a list of student-focused campus sustainability organizations, put together by The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). From training programs and professional development opportunities, to grassroots advocacy and community outreach, you’ll find an extensive amount of resources to maximize your effectiveness on campus!
- Visit AASHE’s user-friendly Campus Sustainability Hub. This incredible one-stop shop provides members access to toolkits and resource collections covering all aspects of sustainability in higher education.
- The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. Create a report for your school.