• Organize a tree planting program.
• Organize a beach clean-up.
• Organize a fund raiser and donate the proceeds
to your favorite environmental group.
• If there is an environmental issue in your community
that concerns you — start your own campaign.
• Get involved in one of the many local environmental
groups in your area that work on issues ranging from
local air and water pollution to effective community
• Start a community curb-side composting program
(click here for tips on environmentally
friendly composting). You can then sell the compost
to gardeners and nurseries to help cover your costs.
• Write your local energy utility asking them
to promote energyefficient programs, give customers
financial incentives to use energy efficient appliances
and begin planning to provide alternatives to fossil
fuels and nuclear power.
• Start a paint exchange with your neighbours.
Use the opportunity to educate your friends and neighbours
about environmentally sound paint use.
• Set up a “pollution patrol” to report
any signs of pollution in your local rivers, lakes,
air and land.
• Make your community bicycle-friendly.
• Conduct an environmental audit of City Hall.
Put together a list of environmental questions to ask
your representative, city staff and caretakers. Ask
them about heating, light bulbs, lawn care, purchasing
policies, cleaning supplies, etc. Use the information
you gather to suggest changes. Give copies of the results
to the people you spoke with and send a copy to your
local newspaper or environmental group.
• Lobby your politicians, council members and
company leaders. Tell them your concerns and ask them
to clean up their acts.