Drinking straw production contributes to petroleum consumption and is filling our oceans with plastic. Because straws are not biodegradable, they become part of global plastic pollution when thrown out - typically after only one use. 500 million straws are used daily in the United States, many of which end up in the oceans (and in the stomachs of aquatic creatures, who mistake them for food).
Learn more about how to protect our water:
- Pledge to Use Less Plastic Straws
- Get your Crew or school involved in Earth Guardians Protect Our Future Campaign: Protect Our Water (July - August)
“For decades, pollution and its harmful effects on people’s health, the environment, and the planet have been neglected both by Governments and the international development agenda. Yet, pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and death in the world today, responsible for an estimated 9 million premature deaths.”
–The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health
Carpool, use public transportation, ride a bike or walk to save on emissions
Turn off lights when leaving the room
Unplug electronics and appliances
Advocate for emission reductions from power plants
Sign the Air Quality Standards Petition
Learn more about how to protect our Air:
- Sign the Petition to Meet Air Quality Standards Set by the EU
- Get your Crew or school involved in Earth Guardians Protect Our Future Campaign: Protect Our Air (September - November)
Carbon pollution from burning fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas, is causing the warming of our planet. When there is more carbon pollution in the air, the sun’s energy gets trapped as heat which is causing temperatures to increase at a rapid rate. When the planet gets warmer, more extreme weather events take place: floods, hurricanes, heat waves, fires, and droughts. Not to mention that sea levels are rising, which will cause serious consequences like swallowing islands and greatly populated coastal cities.
Compost food scraps
When flying in an airplane, fly during the day because night flights have a bigger impact on climate
Seal and insulate your home
Reduce water use and don't waste water
Learn more about how to protect our Climate:
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Hears Landmark Youth Climate Case
- How to Talk to Your Friends About Climate Crisis
- Get your Crew or school involved in Earth Guardians Protect Our Future Campaign: Protect Our Climate (December - February)
"Almost half of the Earth’s forest cover has been lost, and an additional 32 million acres are destroyed each year. Our world is facing the greatest extinction crisis since the fall of the dinosaurs. The future of many of Earth’s plants and animals will be determined within the next few decades."
Stop buying products with palm oil, one of the biggest threats to rainforests. Its use displaces Indigenous peoples and Orangutans from their land, creates massive carbon emissions, and contributes to forced and child labor.
Plant a tree or lots of them!
Go paperless whenever possible
Buy recycled paper products, such as toilet paper
Eat vegetarian as often as possible
Other Actions you can take
to help save our planet
Track Your Ecological Footprint
Many of our daily activities, including eating, showering, brushing our teeth, and driving, contribute to greenhouse gas emissions that are warming our planet and impacting climate change. As we take steps to cut our carbon footprints and build a sustainable world, it's important to know how much carbon we emit through our activities.
Know your ecological footprint compared to the average American citizen and track your progress using the Islandwood Ecological Footprint Calculator: