Earth Day and Facebook aim to attract a billion acts of green
Thursday 21 April 2011
Earth Day announced on April 19 the launch of a Facebook application designed to engage people on the issue of climate change and attract support for their A Billion Acts of Green campaign.
Earth Day is held every April 22 around the world and aims to raise awareness of climate change and environmental issues.
The event first began in America in 1970 and since then has grown into a global event. In celebration of Earth Day, individuals, communities and officials and even businesses around the world hold a variety of events; this year the campaign aims to collect a pledges for A Billion Acts of Green , which the organizers then intend to present at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012.
Any individual or business can make a pledge - popular pledges include "using less electricity," "not using plastic bags" and "recycling more."
As of April 19 parties interested in contributing to the campaign can make pledges through the Facebook application http://apps.facebook.com/billionactsofgreen/.
Users of the Facebook application have, so far, made a variety of pledges including "pick up the next piece of trash I see," "grow a garden that's completely organic" and simply "not litter."
Earlier in the year environmental campaign Earth Hour on March 26 encouraged individuals and businesses around the world to turn off their lights for 60 minutes in an effort to raise awareness of climate change and adopt a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. More information about the continuing campaign can be found at: http://www.earthhour.org .
To find out more about Earth Day or to join the campaign for A Billion Acts of Green without using Facebook see: http://www.earthday.org/ . Participants can also follow the campaign via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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