Billion Acts Of Green: A Theme Of Earth Day 2011

The “Billion Acts of Green” campaign marks its one year anniversary this Earth Day and has arguably emerged as a central theme of the holiday. The campaign was launched by the Earth Day Alliance last Earth Day and has proven to unite people around the world in a shared discussion about simple ways to make the world a greener place.

The Alliance launched a website for the campaign,, where they are asking people to pledge their green acts and review some of the millions of ideas that have been posted.

 The website and its associated application on Facebook allow participants to collaborate and learn from each other’s ideas.  The result has been an allied green initiative based on electronic communication.

“Millions of people doing small, individual acts can add up to real change,” said Chad Chitwood, a spokesman for the event’s organizers, as quoted by Reuters.

Many of the proposed ideas are original and thought-provoking. Some are simple, such as printing on both sides of paper, doing laundry in cold water, beach clean-ups, and using hand towels instead of paper ones. Other pledges indicate a lifestyle change, such as walking instead of driving, eating local and sustainable food, and installing solar panels.

So far more than 100 million acts of green have been logged. The goal is to reach 1 billion before the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development takes place in Rio next year.

Many sponsors have joined with the organization, including the United Nations, U.S. State Dept, Peace Corps, Boy and Girl Scouts, and more.

Earth Day celebrates its 41st anniversary on Friday and thousands of events and campaigns are taking place across the United States and in 192 other countries that now celebrate the holiday.

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