Plastic pollution is one of the most important global problems that we face today. It impacts the environment and our health and well-being. We have all contributed to this problem – mostly unknowingly – and we must work to reduce and ultimately End Plastic Pollution.
Earth Day Network is committed to proactively be part of the solution and has created these Toolkits to support anyone who wants to contribute too. Our experience of almost 50 years has taught us that people and organizations care about their communities and will act to resolve problems when they have access to relevant information and tools to help them.
This document is just the initial step to learning about this problem, what you can do and what resources are available to you and your community. Using this toolkit, you will be able to assess your current consumption of plastics utilizing our Plastic Pollution Footprint Calculator, develop a Personal Plastic Reduction Plan to lower your plastics pollution footprint and track progress.
To organize an event on Earth Day use our Earth Day Organizers Toolkit and the Plastic Pollution Primer and Action Toolkit, which give you both the content and process to organize an effective and powerful activity or event.
The featured event idea for Earth Day 2018 is a teach-in. Teach-ins will educate your community about environmental issues and empower them to take informed civic action to protect the environment.
Stewardship of the planet and the faith tradition are intrinsically linked. From your own faith you can engage in Earth Day and here you can find resources to develop your message and contribute to End Plastic Pollution.
MobilizeU is 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.
Each year we invite K-12 educators to join Earth Day Network to engage their students in environmental issues. They can incorporate environmental curriculum about plastic pollution into their lesson plans for Climate Education Week: April 16-22, 2018. This year’s Climate Education Week Toolkit is a web-based, cross-disciplinary resource that includes a range of curricula, lesson plans, educational activities and films focus on plastic pollution, and much more.