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Earth day Challenge Day 11: Watch the “Dot” Video

It’s Day 11 of our #PCEarthDay challenge and we’re asking you to watch–and share!–PopEd’s World Population “Dot” video. In less than six minutes, you can see how the human population has grown  from 1CE to the present day!  Watch the video and check out PopEd’s awesome population history resources here: **There’s some great classroom […]

Earth Day Challenge Day 10: Turn Off the Tap!

Day 10 of #PCEarthDay challenges you to take steps to conserve one of our most precious resources – water! In 2019, over 2 billion people lived in countries experiencing high water stress. As population continues to grow, and the impacts of climate change become more dire, demand for this essential resource will be further stressed. […]

Earth Day Challenge Day 9: Buy in Bulk!

Pay attention to packaging when making purchases. Instead of buying prepackaged or single serving items that generate more waste, choose larger containers you can portion out at home! Just make sure you buy foods you know you’ll eat before they spoil! Learn more about zero-waste grocery shopping:

Earth Day Challenge Day 8: Plant an Herb Garden!

Day 8 of our #PCEarthDay challenge is “mint” to take a bit more “thyme” but will pay off in the long run! Consider planting an herb garden this spring! You can easily grow herbs in even the smallest apartment, or fruits and vegetables in containers and, of course, in the garden. You can even regrow […]

Earth Day Challenge Day 7: Make the “Population Connection”

Today we’re challenging you to talk about population issues with your friends and family! You can help them make the connection between population pressures and environmental sustainability. Learn more about these topics (and more!) at There, you’ll find free downloadable resources, videos, and fact sheets to help get the conversation started!

Earth Day Challenge Day 6: Reducing Meat Consumption

Did you know that what we eat has a direct impact on the environment? Meat production contributes to land and water degradation, biodiversity loss, acid rain, coral reef degradation, and deforestation. Reducing your meat consumption is not only good for the planet, but is also cost-effective and healthier for you! Learn more about Meatless Mondays […]

Earth Day Challenge Day 5: Say no to single-use plastics!

Did you know we produce 300 million tons of plastic waste annually? Plastics meant for single use accounted for a large part of this waste. Plastic items like straws, utensils, and water bottles can easily be replaced with more sustainable and reusable options. Check out this interactive feature on the United Nations Environment site and […]

Earth Day Challenge Day 4: Save the trees!

Paper towels are in short supply right now, so why not use this time to do away with paper towels forever? The U.S. uses 13 billion pounds of paper towels a year. Become part of the effort to reduce this waste by opting to use cloth towels instead! Read some extra tips about ditching paper […]

Earth Day Challenge Day 3: Learn more about recycling!

Take a look at which items your public works department accepts for recycling. Common misconceptions about what goes where stall up sorting processes in facilities and contaminate the recycling stream. For example, not all plastics can be recycled! Your local recycling guide can tell you which plastic numbers are acceptable. The numbers are found at […]

Earth Day Challenge Day 2: Learn about compost!

In the U.S., food and yard waste account for nearly a third of our trash! In the landfill, organics take up space and release methane emissions, which is a greenhouse gas even more potent than CO2. By using food scraps and yard clippings for compost, you recycle waste into nutrients for your garden, replacing the […]

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