Celebrate Greenpeace Day

If your passion lies in protecting the environment and your inner activist is just itching to get out, you won't find a better time to put your interests to work than Greenpeace Day, celebrated on September 15. From initiating a large-scale cleanup effort in your community to writing letters to the editor of your local newspaper advocating environmentally friendly methods of living, celebrate Greenpeace Day this year by participating in the wide array of environmentally themed activities.

What is Greenpeace?

Greenpeace is a non-governmental organization dedicated to highlighting environmental and ecological issues through a series of unique campaigns ranging from global warming and commercial whaling to overfishing and deforestation. Founded in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1971 by a group of 17 activists, Greenpeace achieves its goal of informing the general public about an array of worldwide issues through a combination of peaceful campaigns and direct lobbying.

Ways to celebrate Greenpeace Day

Whether you want to draw attention to a growing environmental issue in your neighborhood or seek to make an impact on a global scale, you can make a difference during your Greenpeace Day celebration by educating others about your environmental endeavors and encouraging like-minded individuals to join in your efforts.

Write a letter to the editor. One of the easiest and most effective ways to shed some light on an issue is to write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Pick the topic that means the most to you, whether it's sharing the date and location of your upcoming beach cleanup or simply encouraging people in your community to scoop up trash the next time they visit a local park. Share your convictions with your fellow residents.

Start a recycling program. It might seem like a no-brainer for the majority of modern-day schools and apartment complexes to have receptacles specifically designed to capture recyclables. However, many have yet to jump on the recycling bandwagon, and one in your neck of the woods might need a little prompting. Host a fundraiser such as a bake sale or a battle of the bands concert to raise money to purchase sizeable recycling containers. Offering people an alternative to trash cans is a simple way to reduce the amount of waste that ultimately ends up in the landfill while educating them about the importance of recycling.

Schedule a clean up. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, you've likely noticed one particular part of town that could use a little sprucing up. It could be a busy stretch of beach where vacationers toss their trash or a highly trafficked roadway with a lot of trash from thoughtless drivers. Gather a group of friends who want to make a considerable change and host a cleanup day to remove trash from the areas that need it most, then put it in its proper place.

Practice "going green" at home. If you don't have the time or equipment needed to initiate a grassroots effort within your community, making an effort to go green on a daily basis by changing small habits at home can make a major difference over time. Start with simple steps such as turning off the lights whenever you leave a room and shutting off the water while you're brushing your teeth. Set up a recycling bin in your garage, or create a compost bin in your back yard to reduce the amount of waste you produce. When combined, these small methods of green living can eventually add up to major changes.

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