In recent elections, the hot-button issue always seemed to be the environment. Politicians claimed to care and made promises to take action against pollution, but to be honest, I don’t remember seeing much being done.
Late last year, the folks over at the CBC decided to do what the guys up on the hill claimed they’d do; do something! They organized the One Million Acts of Green campaign, the tagline of which is “One million acts of green, one act at a time”. With George Stroumboulopoulos at the helm, the idea was to encourage Canadians (and beyond, hopefully) to adopt practices to help the environment. The program officially launched on October 21, 2008, and came to an end on February 3, 2009, clearing the goal of 1,000,000 acts!
Individuals and groups from coast to coast came together with their various acts, from things as simple as using a travel coffee mug to things as involving as insulating the attic or basement. Read more about the initiative here.
Personally, I think this was/is a fantastic idea! It seems to be a general concencus that one person can’t do anything to help the environment. I think this program proves otherwise. It proves that together, we can all make a difference. What I love most is that it delivers this message without implying that we need to buy a new electric car, or recycle and compost everything we use, but that the simplest thing that you can do can make a difference.
Feel like you’re not contributing positively to the environment? The challenge isn’t over! New goals are being set all the time, and there are always acts to be done. Feel like you are contributing? Tell us about it, and inspire others!