You say you’re an environmentalist. You use cloth bags when grocery shopping; your house is fitted with CFL light bulbs; and you drive a hybrid. (Hopefully not a Prius, though.)
But if you really want to get your hands dirty for the sake of saving the planet, here are 10 ways you can use Earth Week as an excuse to get active in your community.
1. Phoenix, Arizona
Girls For A Green Planet – Saturday, May 1
You can teach Girl Scouts (grades two through six) how to lead greener lives, and help inspire the next generation to be as committed to saving the environment as you are.
2. Los Angeles, California
Earth Day at SEA Lab – Saturday, April 24
Spend the morning cleaning up Redondo Beach, and the afternoon enjoying aquarium tours, music, and other entertainment.
3. Denver, Colorado
Earth Day Green Energy Volunteer Activity – Saturday, April 24
Tap into your inner Jehovah’s Witness and go door-to-door telling your neighbors how they can reduce their carbon footprints.
4. Orlando, Florida
Central Florida Earth Day – Saturday, April 24
Learn more about eco-friendly living at this big festival featuring eco-conscious exhibitors, restaurant and artist booths, plus dog and cat adoptions.
5. New Orleans, Louisiana
Garden With The New Orleans Mission – Ongoing
Help replant the garden at the New Orleans Mission, and you’ll help not only the landscape, but also the homeless population that the mission serves – one that has only increased since Hurricane Katrina.
6. Portland, Maine
Portland Trails Outreach Volunteers – Ongoing
If you’re passionate about Portland’s hiking trails, you may be the perfect person to promote them at various events around the state. Bring your hiking boots!
7. New York City, New York
Table with Farm Sanctuary – Thursday, April 22
Farm Sanctuary is looking for volunteers to man a table at NYU’s “Earth Matters” Earth Day Fair, who can talk about the ways adopting a vegan diet can benefit the environment.
8. Arlington, Texas
Randol Mill Privet Cleanup – Saturday, April 24
Most Earth Day activities focus on planting, but this event has the opposite aim. Privet, an invasive plant species, has taken over the North 40 nature area, and the City of Arlington Parks and Recreation Department is looking for volunteers to remove the pesky shrub.
9. Seattle, Washington
West Duwamish Greenbelt Forest Restoration Project – Ongoing
Help Nature Consortium keep the Greenbelt – 500 acres of forest in western Seattle – free of invasive species, while planting native plants and conifers.