Plant the seeds: five opportunities for meaningful engagement
In celebration of Earth Day, I wanted to share opportunities to engage in meaningful service that both helps the environment and builds leadership skills.
- Donate gently used prom formal wear. DoSomething, an organization that promotes activism and leadership, is offering a chance at a scholarship for students who document their donations.
- Research and write about an environmental topic you care about. Write the World, a global writing community and platform, is hosting an Earth Day writing competition with Earth Day Network and Grand Canyon National Park. Students can submit an op-ed, creative nonfiction piece, or proposal. All students receive feedback from an expert reviewer (like me!), and the winning entrant(s) will receive $100 and be featured on the WtW blog.
- Reduce plastic consumption. Join the Plastic Free Schools Community, which provides a manual for reducing plastic consumption on school campuses.
- Host a litter clean-up and participate in the trashtag challenge. Grab a pickup tool, gloves, and some trash bags, head to a local park, beach, or other outdoor area, and restore the area to its original, trash-free beauty.
- Reduce food waste by using the tools on savethefood.com, which includes tips on planning meals, storing food, and using “past-its-prime" food. Consider how you can increase your impact by working with your school to apply these tools at a larger scale.