Protect the Earth

DoSomething.org is the largest organization in the world for young people and social change. Join millions of young people that care by signing up for one of these environmental campaigns.

The need to protect the environment has never been greater. Global warming, record levels of pollution, widespread extinction, rapid deforestation and unremitting resource extraction have pushed planet earth to the very edge. But you can make a difference. Each one of these campaigns is a creative way to volunteer and help the environment, from tips on getting your community to go green, to ideas for earth day and ways to combat climate change. Environmental issues can seem complex, but taking action to protect the environment is simple: join DoSomething.org and sign up to recycle trash, inform your peers about climate change, save endangered species, and teach your school to be eco friendly.

What are you waiting for, sing up for a campaign that matters to you. You'll join millions of young people volunteering to make a difference.

Facts About the Environment

  • Pollution is one of the biggest global killers, affecting over 100 million people. That’s comparable to global diseases like malaria and HIV. 1
  • The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. 2
  • People are 2 to 3 times more likely to litter in dirty environments than clean ones. 3
  • Cleanups can save animals’ lives and discourage people from littering in the future. 4
  • Over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals are killed by pollution every year. 5
  • Freshwater ecosystems are home to more than 100,000 known species of plants and animals, and are now one of the most endangered habitats in the world as a result of human development, pollution, and climate change. 6
  • The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that confined animals generate 3 times more raw waste than humans in the United States. 7

Sources

  • 1

    Climate change and health." World Health Organization . Accessed February 16, 2014, http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs266/en/.

  • 2

    Rogers, Kathleen. "Earth Day Lessons." Earth Day Network. Accessed April 29, 2014.

  • 3

    Schultz, P. Wesley. "Littering Behavior in America: Results of a National Study." 2009. Accessed February 26, 2014. http://www.kab.org/site/DocServer/KAB_Report_Final_2.pdf?docID=4581

  • 4

    Keep America Beautiful. “Key Findings: LITTERING BEHAVIOR.” Web. Accessed January 22 2014.

  • 5

    United Nations Environment Program. "Marine Liter: Trash that Kills." United Nations Environment Program. Accessed February 18, 2014, http://www.unep.org/regionalseas/marinelitter/publications/docs/trash_that_kills.pdf.

  • 6

    World Wildlife Fund. "Habitats: Freshwaters." WorldWildlife.org. Accessed April 16, 2014. .

  • 7

    "An HSUS Report: The Impact of Industrialized Animal Agriculture on the Environment." The Humane Society of the United States. http://dornsife.usc.edu/assets/sites/1/docs/levan/hsus-the-impact-of-industrialized-animal-agriculture-on-the-environment.pdf (accessed July 23, 2014).

What You Get

Psh, what DON’T you get? Each campaign offers the key facts, pro tips, and four easy action steps you need to rock the campaign and make an impact.

  • Step 1, Know It: You get stats on the problem and how you’re going to solve it.
  • Step 2, Plan It: You’ll learn the stuff you need, how to recruit others to take action with you, and how to prep to take action.
  • Step 3, Do It: You’ll learn how to actually do the darn thing and make the biggest impact possible.
  • Step 4, Prove It: Snap a pic of you in action and upload it! Each campaign counts as volunteer experience for your resume. And you can enter to win scholarships! Speaking of…

Scholarships and Contests

You make the world suck less for others. Great! So what’s in it for you? Money. Lots and lots of money. (For school.) Complete any campaign on the site, send a pic in the Prove It section, and you’ll enter to win a $10,000 scholarship! We award one of these seasonal scholarships four times a year. And, lots of other campaigns offer their own scholarship opps. Mad chances to win mad money.

About DoSomething.org

DoSomething.org makes the world suck less. One of the largest orgs for young people and social change, our millions of members tackle campaigns that impact every cause, from poverty to violence to the environment to literally everything else. Any cause, anytime, anywhere. *mic drop

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