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Looking Forward to Earth Month 2017

By Veronica Rajadnya

What began as a watershed victory for environmental activism has grown into a month-long observation of global proportions: April 22nd’s Earth Day has expanded into the April-long Earth Month. Since Earth Day’s origin in 1970, the month of April has continued to be an important time for environmental action, observation, and celebration.

The campaigns and initiatives slated for this April have the chance to make long-lasting and considerable impacts, galvanizing activists and conscious consumers into action. See if you can get involved with some or all of the initiatives, events and activities scheduled this Earth Month, and get your family, friends and community to join you.

March for Science
March for Science
A variety of collaborative international conservation and environmental efforts occur throughout Earth Month each year, using April as a time to heighten public awareness of environmental issues and the need to create realistic, actionable solutions. This year, in the wake of the U.S. presidential election and increased global political activism, there are more opportunities than ever for people to have their voice heard, the old-fashioned way.

In over 300 cities across the world and in Washington, D.C., The March for Science is a series of rallies and marches set to be held on Earth Day, April 22 to celebrate science and safeguard the scientific community. Inspired by the 2017 Women's March of January 21, 2017, The March for Science is an international, non-partisan event for scientists, science enthusiasts, and concerned citizens in favor of scientific evidence-based policymaking. You can find a satellite march near you here.

Tom’s of Maine Less Waste Challenge
Manufacturers and major brands are increasingly stepping in toTom’s of Maine Less Waste Challenge invest in the next generation of environmentalists. This coming Earth Month, we are working with our sponsorship partner and natural care brand Tom’s of Maine to help support their second Less Waste Challenge, which last year saw thousands of individuals and families pledge to reduce a collective 130,000 pounds of waste from their everyday lives.

Toys are a waste stream that children understand, adding an element of engagement that brings complex waste management issues to their level. This year, Tom’s of Maine will not only continue to share expert tips and waste-reduction strategies on their program landing page and social media platforms, but run a toy recycling program through TerraCycle during the campaign. Consumers will be able to download a free shipping label directly from the program landing page to solve for old toys. Make the pledge here.

D’Addario Recycle and Restring Events
D’Addario Recycle and Restring Events
Did you know that musical instrument strings are not recycled through municipal recycling programs? It is estimated that more than 1.5 million lbs. of instrument string metal could be put into landfill every year.

This April, musicians nationwide are invited to attend a free recycle and restring event at their local music supply store.  Sponsored by D’Addario, the instrument manufacturers, musicians can bring any old instrument strings for recycling and get their electric or acoustic guitars restrung with D’Addario NYXL or Nickel Bronze Acoustic strings. Old strings collected during the event will be recycled through Playback, D’Addario’s free, national recycling program powered by TerraCycle. Find your nearest recycle and restring event here. / Issue 190 - September 9208
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