Protect the Earth
Global warming, record levels of pollution, widespread extinction, rapid deforestation and unremitting resource extraction has increased the need to protect the environment has never been greater. Volunteer to inform your friends about climate change, save endangered species, and learn lifestyle choices your community can make to reduce, reuse, and recycle more efficiently. Join millions of young people that care by signing up for a campaign below to go green.
DoSomething.org runs dozens of campaigns each year that help you get a little more eco-friendly. Want to conserve energy and save electricity at your school? Don't Be A Sucker will teach you how. Beautify an area by planting seeds and greenery through Seed Bombs Away. Challenge your friends to see how much waste they produce in a day by participating in Trash Stash.
Whatever your passion, whether it's brainstorming Earth Day ideas or implementing sustainable eco-friendly practices, we have you covered.
Sign up now. Join millions of young people volunteering to make a difference.
Facts About the Environment
- The average American produces 4.6 pounds of trash every day. 1
- Americans use more than a TRILLION gallons of water for showering each year. That's enough to supply all the water needs of New York and New Jersey. 2
- K-12 school districts in the U.S. spend $6 billion annually on energy. That’s more than they spend on computers and textbooks combined. 3
- Americans throw away 35 billion plastic water bottles a year. 4
- Paper and plastic make up almost half of the waste in landfills. 5
Annenberg Learner. “Garbage: How could my community reduce waste?” 2014.
"Showerheads.” US Environmental Protection Agency. Web Accessed October 21, 2014."
"Fact Sheet and Overview." The White House Office of the Press Secretary. Published September 08 2011. Accessed February 28 2014.
"Recycling in Zion National Park." National Park Service. Web Accessed August 1, 2014.
“Municipal Solid Waste” United States Environmental Protection Agency. Web Accessed July 9, 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.
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