Four times a year, thousands of youth from our Earth Guardian crews all over the world come together for actions to protect the Earth, Air, Water, and Climate. Together, we show the collective power of our generation and the impact we have to protect our planet and its people for the next seven generations.
Join us to #ProtectOurFuture!
Global Actions to Protect Our Earth
Protect Our Future is an ongoing Earth Guardians campaign which highlights environmental issues connected to the Earth, water, air, and climate. It is unique because you get to choose what kind of project will best serve your community needs. We recognize that environmental issues look different in every community, and it is the people who live there who know how to solve the problems. Although you have the freedom to decide what actions to take, Protect Our Future has a specific environmental focus for each season. This helps keep our global network of young change makers connected as we work to protect our future. The projects launch on equinoxes and solstices. Check out the campaigns below:
Protect our Earth | March - June
Soil for Life: Carbon Sequestration and Tree Plantings
In Spring, we dedicate the Protect Our Future campaign to the Earth. We focus on the tree plantings and regeneration of the soil, which is vital to our way of life and the health of the planet. Science is emerging about the critical role that soil plays in averting climate disaster. Earth Guardian crews can recruit their schools, businesses, farmers, municipalities, and other engaged groups to help regenerate soil or Protect the Earth in other ways that feel right for them.
Activities could include community event organizing, creating biochar, building biointensive gardens, rotational grazing grassland restoration, street art, grassland and habitat restoration, educational outreach and whatever other creative ideas crews come up with!
Protect our Water | July - August
Water is vital to all life on this planet, yet there are many industries that are constantly polluting our water sources, people who continually waste precious clean water, and areas where no clean water is available. Each summer, Earth Guardians will come together to celebrate, clean, heal and protect the water in communities around the world.
In 2015 the Boulder crew educated their community about the chemical present in the water by doing stream health tests. In Africa, crews built new wells in areas in need and in Kathmandu they used donations to buy water to give to those who didn’t have any. While other crews did clean up around rivers, lakes or beaches. By looking at what your community needs, you will be able to figure out the right focus for your project.
Protect our Air | September -November
Air pollution often increases during the fall and winter when people need to heat their homes, and spend more time in their cars to avoid cold weather. “Protect Our Future” fall projects focus on air quality and our atmosphere. To protect the future of our air, we must get creative and think about how can we keep our carbon footprints small as the weather cools down. In the past crews have handed out flyers to people in their cars to educated about the causes of air pollution, planted trees to clean the air, created eco-friendly kites and other art/music to raise awareness and many more projects.
Protect our Climate | December - February
Winter is a great time to reflect on the work you have done in your own community, and what our global community has achieved over the last year. By reflecting on what we have accomplished together, what we have learned, and how we have grown, we have an opportunity to increase our impact in the coming year.
We invite our Earth Guardian crews around the world to host local “Protect our Future” Film Festivals each winter to educate ourselves and our communities about the state of our environment, and discuss ways we can help it improve. We encourage you to choose films that highlight both global and local issues, and invite community elders to host a discussion panel after viewing the films. This is also an amazing opportunity to highlight the creative work being done by Earth Guardians in your community!
Year long projects
While many crews take on smaller actions within each campaign some take on year long projects that connectall campaigns together. This option is more work but can lead to positive, powerful social and environmental change in communities world wide. Year long campaigns allow crews to explore how problems associated with our Earth, Air, Water, and Climate are all related. We ask our crews to find creative solutions to address all four POF campaigns; below we have some examples of year long projects Earth Guardian crews are working on. If your crew is interested in working on a year long Protect Our Future project email Aidan@earthguardians.org.
If your crew wishes to participate in one or more of the campaigns, please fill out our form or contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org. Together, we will develop projects with the appropriate environmental theme. Please utilize all of the ideas and resources made available to you in the POF workbook. Get your friends and community involved! Publicize your project using social media and standard media outlets. If you have any questions or need guidance, please contact our coordinator Aidan at email@example.com.
Be creative! Have fun! Be the change!
Protect Our Water
In he past, EG crews engaged in community clean-ups, ran workshops, created educational videos and even built wells on the summer solstice to inform their communities about the importance of healthy water systems. Earth Guardians Brazil hosted a concert to highlight the importance of protecting our water. There was inspirational music and speeches about protecting sources of clean drinking water for future generations. They also created a music video called "PROTEJA NOSSA ÁGUA -Dinheiro não se bebe" (Protect Our Water - You don't drink money), an original song meant to educate and inspire others through the message that water is life.
Protect Our Earth
For the last couple years EG crews world wide have been focusing on reforestation as a means of climate mitigation. Our crews have planted thousands of trees, hosted educational events about the importance of reforestation, written music, organized trash clean ups, created butterfly gardens and permaculture gardens and focused on soil health as well as lots of other cool projects focused on the protect of our earth. Many of our crews also participated in Earth Hour, where they turned off their lights for an hour to bring awareness to the dangers of climate change. Earth Guardians Bhutan and Earth Guardians Africa alone planted over 2,000 trees this past year and also have hosted educational events to inspire and train others in their communities to get involved and take leadership in the the protection of the earth.
Protect Our Air
2014's Protect Our Air event coincided with the People's Climate March in New York City, the largest mobilization of people in history for climate related issues. In Togo, Africa, Earth Guardians held a climate march in solidarity as well as assembled a regional conference on environmental safety.
Earth Guardians India conducted an event in the busy streets of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh to teach motorists the importance of healthy air and mitigating air pollution. Volunteers held signs and talked with people in cars and on motorbikes to remind them that the burning of fossil fuels has environmental and health costs. In 2015 we had a kite making contest in which we asked EGs to create Eco-friendly kites that helped promote the importance of clean air.
Protect Our Climate
Last year, Earth Guardians New York co-hosted an educational film series that was meant to open space for community based discussions on how to bring climate solutions to the local and global communities. People of all ages gathered to be inspired by powerful films and bring the inspiration into action through meaningful, immersive conversations that rethink revolution and civic engagement. They hosted a film with a different theme twice a month from the end of January through the beginning of April with their partners Woodstock Land Conservancy, Woodstock Transition Towns, Bioneers and the Longspoon Collective. It was a fantastic success of not only reflecting on the solutions that need to be brought forth but also connecting the community to local organizations doing incredible and important work.