One act at a time https://blog.billionacts.org Inspiration starts here Fri, 04 Oct 2019 17:55:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 107178145 Meet these Amazing Climate Justice Activists https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/10/meet-these-amazing-climate-justice-activists/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/10/meet-these-amazing-climate-justice-activists/#respond Tue, 01 Oct 2019 18:59:05 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=18554  Autumn Peltier When Autumn Peltier was just 8 years old, she attended a ceremony at a reservation where she saw a sign warning that the water was toxic, according to the CBC. At 12, she confronted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, telling him she was unhappy with his policies on controversial pipeline projects. Trudeau promised her he would protect the water. At 14, Peltier continues to fight for water conservation and indigenous water rights. Learn more about Autumn’s journey. Follow Autumn Peltier on Instragram Jamie Margolin Jamie Margolin is a climate activist in Seattle and a Colombian American student, author, and a co-founder […]

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 Autumn Peltier

When Autumn Peltier was just 8 years old, she attended a ceremony at a reservation where she saw a sign warning that the water was toxic, according to the CBC. At 12, she confronted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, telling him she was unhappy with his policies on controversial pipeline projects. Trudeau promised her he would protect the water. At 14, Peltier continues to fight for water conservation and indigenous water rights.

Learn more about Autumn’s journey.

Follow Autumn Peltier on Instragram

Jamie Margolin

Jamie Margolin is a climate activist in Seattle and a Colombian American student, author, and a co-founder of the youth climate action organization Zero Hour.

Jamie started Zero Hour after the response she saw to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and after witnessing first hand the difficulty in breathing in her community after the Canadian wildfires. She is also a plaintiff in the Aji P. v. Washington case, suing the state of Washington for their inaction against climate change on the basis of a stable climate being a human right.

Read more from Jamie Margolin.

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 Jerome Foster II

Jerome Foster is the White House Climate Strike organizer, founder and executive director of OneMillionOfUs, a youth unifying voting organization that has created a collaborative effort of the five major youth movements of climate change, community/school gun violence, immigration reform, gender equality, and racial injustice.

Jerome is a founder of “The Climate Reporter,” The blog was created to give a platform to those affected by the climate crisis so they can share their stories.  Read some of their experiences.

 Ayakha Melithafa

“It’s very important for poor people and people of colour to go to these protests and marches because they are feeling the wrath of climate change the most. It’s important for them to have a say, for their voice and their demands to be heard.” – Ayakha Melithafa

Ayakha lives near the Eerste River and goes to school in Khayelitsha.  Her mother owns a farm in the Eastern Cape’s eMonti area, about 45 minutes outside East London, and water shortages threaten their farm, and are a source of anxiety for her family and community.

Melthafa recently joined Greta Thunberg and 14 other climate activists from around the world in signing a legal complaint with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on 23 September.

Read more about Ayakha here.

Watch this video about Ayakha and her connection to the larger global climate crisis.

                                          

 Children V Climate Crisis

Sixteen children from across the world are petitioning the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to hold five of the world’s leading economic powers accountable for inaction on the climate crisis.  Read more about the defendants from Brazil, Argentina, France, Tunisia, Nigeria, US, Sweden, India, Palau, Germany, Africa, and the Marshall Islands.

Youth V Gov

 21 plaintiffs suing the US Government. Their complaint asserts that, through the government’s affirmative actions that cause climate change, it has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources.

Learn more about the plaintiffs.

Artemisa Xakriabá

19-year-old Artemisa Xakriabá is an indigenous climate activist from São João das Missões in Brazil, whose aim is to stop environmental destruction across Brazil, and especially, the Amazon rainforest. She speaks to represent over 25 million indigenous and traditional people, the global alliance of territorial communities and those who have worked to protect over 600 million hectares of land worldwide for thousands of years. Watch her recent speech.

Read more about other Climate Justice Leaders
15 Social Justice Activists you should be following

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10 Self Care Tips for Improved Mental Health  https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/09/10-self-care-tips-for-improved-mental-health/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/09/10-self-care-tips-for-improved-mental-health/#respond Mon, 02 Sep 2019 00:54:30 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=18624 It’s Suicide Prevention Month, Here are 10 Self Care Tips for Improved Mental Health  Each year, almost 800,000 people die at their own hands. For every adult who dies by suicide, at least 20 more attempted it. Western countries have higher suicide rates than the global average. In 2016, white males accounted for 7 out of every 10 suicides. It’s no secret that suicide is an increasing epidemic.  Suicide prevention and awareness are two keys to preventing people of all ages from taking their own life. That’s why we put together 10 things you can do to check in with […]

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It’s Suicide Prevention Month, Here are 10 Self Care Tips for Improved Mental Health 

Each year, almost 800,000 people die at their own hands. For every adult who dies by suicide, at least 20 more attempted it. Western countries have higher suicide rates than the global average. In 2016, white males accounted for 7 out of every 10 suicides. It’s no secret that suicide is an increasing epidemic. 

Suicide prevention and awareness are two keys to preventing people of all ages from taking their own life. That’s why we put together 10 things you can do to check in with yourself, care for your mind and body, and stay on your path to living your best life. 

 

  1. First things first, if you ever start having suicidal thoughts, tell someone. Tell someone you trust. They will want to know because they want to help you. 
  2. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to someone you know, you can call the national suicide hotline: 1-800-273-8255. Someone will answer at any hour of the day or night. 
  3. Find a creative outlet where you can express yourself. Sometimes life can get hard, and when it does, our minds can start feeling heavy with negative thoughts. Finding a way to work through your emotions and feelings is the best way to check in with yourself. Keeping everything you think inside your head can feel overwhelming. Simply expressing yourself in a creative way can help relieve pressure. Try writing a song, drawing, singing, dancing or writing a story. 
  4. Give yourself positive pep talks. Sometimes you have to be your own best friend. If you feel dark thoughts creeping in, ward them off with your own positivity and strength!
  5. Make sure you have time to rest every day. Youthful minds need time to rest and develop. But young people are often under immense pressure to perform in social settings, schools, and sports. If you begin to feel like you’re doing too much it’s okay to slow down. 
  6. If you feel depressed, seek professional help. Humans are here on earth to help each other. Asking for help is one of the biggest signs of strength. Depression is often a side effect of tough times in life. It can also be a chemical imbalance in your brain. Either way, the help you may need does exist and it exists for you! 
  7. Eat well and exercise as often as you can. The foods you eat influence your brain, as does moving your body. 
  8. Remember that you are never alone in your experience or struggles. Our minds are good at tricking us into thinking we are the only ones in the world going through what we’re going through. But you’re never alone. 
  9. Remember that people want to help you. They genuinely do. If you think about it, it feels good to feel needed and like you can help someone. So if you ever need help when it comes to your mental health, apply that same thinking. You will be giving someone the gift of helping you when you need it.
  10. Be patient with yourself. Improving your mental health is a practice that takes time. Consistency is key. 

 

We hope this list of 10 ways to improve your mental health with regards to suicide prevention sparked something inside you. 

 

Share Your Acts of Peace with Us!

If you feel inspired to create change in your local community around this topic, we highly encourage it. If you do create an event or organization of any size, be sure to share your act of peace with us on our website. Our goal is to inspire 1 billion acts of peace by 2021. Every act counts!

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8/12 – Everything You Need To Know About International Youth Day  

Did you know that there are 1.8 billion youth between the ages of 10 and 24 currently living on the planet? This is the largest population of young people in history. 

Despite the unlimited potential our growing youth population promises, the demographics also illuminate some challenges. For example, more than half of children and adolescents between the ages of six and 14 lack basic math and reading skills. 

As we all know, education is the root of empowerment. For all youth to be equally empowered, the quality of and access to education on a global scale must be addressed. To honor that call to action, the UN General Assembly established International Youth Day on August 12th, 1999. 

What International Youth Day Really Stands For 

International Youth Day is an annual celebration of the young men and women of the world. This day recognizes youth as key contributing members, partners and changemakers on the international stage. It also acts as a day to raise awareness of the problems and challenges facing the world’s youth.

 

What You Can Do On International Youth Day 

There are many different ways you can bring attention to International Youth Day in your community. Here are three ways you can make the most of the day dedicated to you:

  1. Speak up about International Youth Day! Use social media to start the conversation around what this day means to you. 
  2. Plan an International Youth Day event. There are many challenges facing youth today including the climate crisis, access to education, etc. If you collaborate with other community leaders you can create real change on both a local and global level. 
  3. Work with your teachers in school to plan a special International Youth Day project. 

 

Why Every Day is International Youth Day 

If you’re currently between the ages of 10 and 24 then technically, every day is youth day for you! You are inheriting your future day by day. Since that’s a pretty big deal, we encourage you to stand up for what you believe, with strength and peace at your core. 

The change you spark in your community at a local level, whether that be organizing a climate strike, creating an organization to represent an issue you’re passionate about, or simply starting a conversation about the challenges youth face, will start a ripple effect. 

 

Share Your Acts of Peace with Us

Be a ripple in the pond of life and be sure to share your act of peace with us. Each year, Billion Acts of Peace seeks out youth changemakers to be nominated for the Hero Awards. When you log your act of peace of us, you’ll secure yourself a chance to be nominated! 

Until then, keep thinking of ways you can be an active peace-spreader in your community and remember, every act counts. 

 

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United Against Gun Violence https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/07/united-against-gun-violence/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/07/united-against-gun-violence/#respond Mon, 15 Jul 2019 17:25:23 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=18264 Meet the 17 Delegates Leading the United Against Gun Violence Coalition These young men and women come from different parts of the United States, have different backgrounds and share different experiences, and together they are working towards the noble goal of uniting and amplifying their movement to create safer communities across the United States.   Shaman Kirkland, Portland, ME Shaman Kirkaland is a Political Science major at the University of Southern Maine. He has dedicated himself to public service, having chaired USM’s Student Senate, managed Jon Gale’s DA campaign, Directed Field for a U.S. Senate campaign and spoken at many politically […]

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Meet the 17 Delegates Leading the United Against Gun Violence Coalition

These young men and women come from different parts of the United States, have different backgrounds and share different experiences, and together they are working towards the noble goal of uniting and amplifying their movement to create safer communities across the United States.

 

Shaman Kirkland, Portland, ME

Shaman Kirkaland is a Political Science major at the University of Southern Maine. He has dedicated himself to public service, having chaired USM’s Student Senate, managed Jon Gale’s DA campaign, Directed Field for a U.S. Senate campaign and spoken at many politically oriented events. Shaman has volunteered with many child support programs, spoken at schools and proudly served as an assistant teacher.

Shannon Mocine-McQueen, Denver, CO

Shannon attended Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts where she majored in Political Communications. She worked with women escaping domestic violence and seeking legal aid and asylum in the UK. Upon returning to Boston Shannon created the organization Her War: Organizing Voices against Violence. Her involvement in community and global affairs led to a partnership with Idealist.org to publish a tool kit for organizing social change.

Jackson Mittleman, Newtown, CT

Jackson Mittleman is a student from Newtown, Connecticut who has been fighting for gun reform since he was in 6th grade. After Sand Hook, he began to work with the Newtown Action Alliance on passing laws in Connecticut, and now co-chairs the Junior Newtown Action Alliance. Jackson was an organizer of the March 14th national school walkout and also spoke at the March For Our Lives in Washington, DC.  @jmittleman25

Jake Reagan, Boulder, CO

Jake Reagan is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder studying Political Science and Spanish with a minor in Philosophy. As the CU Student Body President, Jake is working to improve safety on campus, especially as it relates to active harmer prevention measures. Jake is also passionate about empowering the student voice and ensuring that students of all backgrounds have a chance to make a difference.

Marcel McClinton, Houston, TX

Marcel McClinton is a 17 year old student activist from Houston, TX. He has travelled the United States organizing, speaking, and lobbying for gun violence prevention laws. Marcel was in a 2016 mass shooting, but got involved in activism after the Parkland massacre. He serves on the Houston Mayor’s Comission to Prevent Gun Violence, co- founded Orange Generation with Santa Fe HS survivors, works alongside March For Our Lives organizers.  @MarcelMcClinton

Mary-Pat Hector, Atlanta, GA

Mary-Pat Hector just knows how to change the world. This Atlanta native and Spelman College student recently became the youngest woman and person of color to run for office in the state of Georgia. She grew a community service project into a non-profit: Youth in Action USA which became this nation’s fastest growing youth lead organization. She can also now add Peace First Prize Fellow to her list of accomplishments.  @MaryPatHector

Matthew Glover, New York, NY

Matthew Glover is a student at the City University of New York School of Law, one of the United States’ only public interest law schools. Matt works with 696 Build Queensbridge, 696 is a Cure Violence site tasked with condemning violence as a public health concern. In this space, Matt leads a “Critical Thinking” curriculum that provides a forum for the program’s participants to engage with race, privilege, history, politics, and other topics.

Nate Tinbite, Washington, DC

Nate Tinbite is a 16-year-old from Montgomery County, Maryland. He currently serves as the President of the Countywide High School Student Government, leading 26 high schools, and is one of the founding members of Montgomery County Students for Change, an advocacy organization that led a 5,000 student walkout to the steps of the United States Capital and registered thousands of youth voters.  @NateTinbite

Bree Butler, Santa Fe, TX

Bree Butler is a college freshman at the University of North Texas and a recent graduate of Santa Fe High School. She joined the gun violence prevention movement in February after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, but she took on a leadership position within the movement after the shooting at her own high school. Bree co-founded an organization dedicated to ending gun violence called the Orange Generation.

Brandon Warren, Indianapolis, IN

On May 23rd, 2017, Brandon’s life changed forever when he lost a dear friend and teammate, Dijon Anderson. After starting a peace walk nearly 3 months later, Brandon was able to continue on with the organization, We LIVE (rhymes with five). On the way of doing so, Brandon humbly received many accolades and achievements based off his positive leadership in his community.  @TheBWarren

Brandon Wolf, Orlando, FL

On June 12, life changed for Brandon Wolf. He hid in a bathroom while a gunman opened fire in Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub. Rather than get swallowed up by the anger and fear of tragedy, Brandon chose to honor the victims’ legacies with action. For the past two years, Brandon has served as co-founder and Vice President of The Dru Project, a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower and enable future leaders in the LGBTQ community.  @bjoewolf

Neuteyshe Felizor, Washington, DC

Neuteyshe Felizor is a sophomore at George Mason University and has experienced in voter registration beginning with her 2016 fellowship with the Florida Democratic Party. Her relationship with gun violence dates back to when she experienced her father get robbed at gunpoint in her neighborhood at the age of 10 to gun suicide attempts by cousins and uncles, and just recently the Parkland shooting where some of her loved ones attended MSD.

Destiny Hatcher, Indianapolis, IN

At Destiny Hatcher’s high school she is the President of Just Say No and Activity’s Coordinator of Student Council. At a young age Destiny had to endure the loss of her uncle to gun violence, which drives her to being the change maker she is today. One of her greatest leadership skills is her humility,”We LIVE has helped turned me into the person I am today.”Destiny loves to be in the background, but her work speaks front row volume.  @thedeshatcher

Tommy Murray, Newtown, CT

Tommy Murray is the co-chairman of the Junior Newtown Action Alliance (Jr NAA), a student gun violence prevention club at Newtown High School. Tommy was a sixth-grader at Reed Intermediate School when his neighbor gunned down other neighbors and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. He is now a Senior at Newtown High School. He has been traveling to D.C. since he was 11 years old to urge Congress to take action.

Farrah Marin, New York, NY

Farrah Marin is a Community Coordinator at 696 Build Queensbridge, where she coordinates pro-social events and programming for youth at an increased risk for gun violence. Farrah received her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in 2018. Farrah is a first generation American, born to a Dominican mother and Guatemalan father. Her interest in advocacy and social work stems from a familial history of mental illness and criminal justice involvement.

Hannah Siegel, Orlando, FL

Hannah Siegel is a senior at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida. She is the President and Co-Founder of the Youth Coalition to End Gun Violence, a network of student groups across the state of Florida. Through the Youth Coalition, she aims to increase youth voter participation and lobby for common-sense gun reform. In her words, “#NeverAgain is not the end of the gun violence movement, it is a new beginning.”

Christian Omoruyi

Christian Omoruyi is a graduate from Columbus East High School in Columbus, Indiana. He currently attends American University majoring in International Relations. As a foreign policy intern at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. and a National Youth Delegate of the 2017 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment, he interacted with elected officials, executive branch officials, and dignitaries from around the world. After Parkland and Noblesville, he was compelled to engage in activism against gun violence, organizing a walkout at his high school and speaking at rallies against gun violence. Christian is excited to be a part of We LIVE and can be contacted on Instagram at @prezomoruyi.

Since the Summit and Beyond 

The youth delegates present at the summit remain in close contact. They’ve been meeting with local representatives, empowering local student groups and expanding their model to address gun violence and create safer communities.

If you’re passionate about getting involved with the gun violence movement, reach out to these amazing youth leaders.

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Meet the 2019 Hero Award Nominees https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/07/meet-the-2019-hero-award-nominees/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/07/meet-the-2019-hero-award-nominees/#respond Mon, 01 Jul 2019 19:22:21 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=18274 Over 12 Million Acts. Incredible Youth-Led projects addressing mental health, climate change, clean water, gun violence, marginalization, health innovation, and entrepreneurship, poverty, and nuclear disarmament.  Projects and initiatives from  Japan, UK, Africa, U.S., Mexico, Columbia, and Sweden. Introducing the 2019 Hero Award Nominees who are changing the world. Vote for your favorites until July 31st!          This year, winners will be honored at the prestigious 17th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Merida, Mexico, September 19-22nd, 2019!  Let us know if you would like to donate, or sponsor one of these Heroes.(brandi@peacejam.org)

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Over 12 Million Acts.

Incredible Youth-Led projects addressing mental health, climate change, clean water, gun violence, marginalization, health innovation, and entrepreneurship, poverty, and nuclear disarmament.  Projects and initiatives from  Japan, UK, Africa, U.S., Mexico, Columbia, and Sweden.

Introducing the 2019 Hero Award Nominees who are changing the world.

Vote for your favorites until July 31st!

 

    

 

This year, winners will be honored at the prestigious 17th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Merida, Mexico, September 19-22nd, 2019!  Let us know if you would like to donate, or sponsor one of these Heroes.(brandi@peacejam.org)

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Give Back this Summer https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/06/give-back-this-summer/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/06/give-back-this-summer/#respond Sat, 01 Jun 2019 19:06:49 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=18234 June 1 – 25 Ways to Give Back To Your Community This Summer  With summer in full swing, you may find yourself with more free time than you’re used to. So why not dedicate some of that time to giving back to your community? After all, giving back in any way, shape or form is a powerful experience.  The feeling of being kind, helping those in need and influencing what’s possible for people in your community can be life changing. So just in case you need some ideas, here are 25 simple ways to make a difference in the world.  […]

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June 1 25 Ways to Give Back To Your Community This Summer 

With summer in full swing, you may find yourself with more free time than you’re used to. So why not dedicate some of that time to giving back to your community? After all, giving back in any way, shape or form is a powerful experience. 

The feeling of being kind, helping those in need and influencing what’s possible for people in your community can be life changing. So just in case you need some ideas, here are 25 simple ways to make a difference in the world. 

  1. Pick up trash wherever you go. To do this successfully, keep a small garbage bag with you as often as you can. Whenever you see garbage pick it up and put it in your bag. 
  2. Donate toys, shoes, and clothes to thrift stores and organizations near you.   
  3. Volunteer at local community events. You can search online for future events in your community and offer to help with things like face painting/greeting attendees etc. 
  4. Plant a tree. This one is easy! Pick a spot in your yard or community and plant a seedling. 
  5. Write cards to kids in hospitals or for elderly people in nursing homes. Humans, both young and old, always appreciate any kind words and colorful drawings you have to offer. 
  6. Create a fundraiser for an issue or organization you believe in. This can be anything from children’s cancer research to the refugee crisis in Syria. You can have a bake sale, sell hand-painted rocks, or host a car wash. Just be sure to donate all the money you collect at the end!   
  7. Read to younger kids at your local library. This is a chance for you to step up as a role model for the little ones in your community. 
  8. Give outgrown books to local hospitals, libraries, schools, etc. 
  9. Volunteer at your local animal shelter. If you love animals and have some free time this summer, this is the perfect fit for you! 
  10. Do some summer cleaning and donate clothes that no longer fit you. You can give your clothing to homeless shelters, women’s shelters and orphanages. 
  11. Do something kind for a random community member. It can be anything!
  12. Organize a beach clean up with your family or community. Select a beach in need, grab some trash bags and help keep the ocean clean. 
  13. Host a collection drive for those struggling in your community. You can partner with local food or homeless shelters for ideas. 
  14. Have a tag sale and donate all proceeds to the cause of your choice. 
  15. Write thank you notes to people in your community who a) you look up to, b) have helped you in some way or c) you’ve seen helping others. 
  16. If you have a sick friend or neighbor, offer to help them out with simple chores. Perhaps they need their lawn mowed or windows washed. Or maybe they’d enjoy some company for an hour every now and then. It’s up to you!
  17.  Raise money for charity by hosting a bake sale. 
  18. Raise awareness for a pressing community issue by creating a community event, putting up posters or knocking on doors in your neighborhood. 
  19. Host a “give-back party” where everyone brings something to donate. Simply choose the theme of your party (animals, children, hospitals etc) and then spread the word. 
  20. Sponsor a child or animal in need of help. This can be in the form of food, shelter or education. 
  21.  Be kind to everyone you meet. A simple smile can impact someone’s day more than you think. 
  22. Create a car wash to raise money for an issue you care about. Hot summer sun + cold water + soap = fun, fun, fun! And you’ll make a big impact at the same time. 
  23. Put your special skills to use by identifying how you can help you community. If you love knitting, consider knitting scarves to donate to a homeless shelter or nursing home. If you enjoy doing art, consider hosting an art workshop for young kids in your community. 
  24. Become a mentor to someone younger than you. Meet with them and ask how you can help out. You could be the person who changes their life.
  25. Organize a sock drive. Socks are the number one most requested item at homeless shelters. By collecting socks from people in your community you will help increase the comfort of those who live without shelter. 

If you’re still in need of inspiration, you can check out Simple Acts to Change the World. It’s a book with over 500 ways you can make a difference in both your local and global community. 

 

Share Your Act of Peace with Us

However you decide to give back to your community this summer, let us know by logging it on our Billion Acts of Peace website! We would love to see what you’re doing to spread peace in the world. 

 

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Earth Day https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/04/earth-day/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/04/earth-day/#respond Mon, 15 Apr 2019 18:55:58 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=18174 April 15: How To Give Back on Earth Day Earth Day marks a very important anniversary: the birth of the modern environmental movement back in 1970. Today, Earth Day is celebrated around the world on April 22 in more than 193 countries. It’s a day to show support for environmental protection, bring awareness to environmentally friendly practices and show appreciation to our planet. 3 Ways You Can Empower Your Community to Take Action on Earth Day  Regardless of your age, gender identity, background, beliefs and experiences, you can make a profound impact on Earth Day. Here are three ways anyone […]

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April 15: How To Give Back on Earth Day

Earth Day marks a very important anniversary: the birth of the modern environmental movement back in 1970. Today, Earth Day is celebrated around the world on April 22 in more than 193 countries. It’s a day to show support for environmental protection, bring awareness to environmentally friendly practices and show appreciation to our planet.

3 Ways You Can Empower Your Community to Take Action on Earth Day 

Regardless of your age, gender identity, background, beliefs and experiences, you can make a profound impact on Earth Day. Here are three ways anyone can give back to mother earth on her special day. 

Organize a trash pick-up in your community.   

Collecting garbage is simple and easy. Have everyone bring a big garbage bag, wear brightly colored clothing (for safety on the road) and start ridding the earth from all the garbage you can find. You can make this event as big or small scale as you see fit. Maybe you join forces with schools in your community or go to your local town hall to reach a greater audience.

Hold a best green practices panel.  

There are many ways a single person can positively impact the environment every day. For example, you can unplug kitchen appliances when you’re not using them, drink from reusable water bottles, say no to straws at restaurants, use paper instead of plastic bags, recycle, the list goes on and on. By holding a panel on all the ways an individual can decrease their carbon footprint, you will help inspire and educate your community.

Plant trees.  

Did you know that each year, we cut down more than 7 billion trees? The earth is always in need of more trees. Earth Day is the perfect day to get a group of friends together and plant trees in your community. You can plant them in your own yard or in a community space. Planting a tree may seem like a small gesture, but trees last for hundreds of years, provide shelter to woodland animals, improve air quality and provide shade that helps keep homes cool (less air conditioning means less electricity). In other words, one tree alone can make a big difference in the world.

 

Earth Day is Every Day 

At Billion Acts, we think Earth Day should technically be every day. Nevertheless, giving the environmental special attention one day every year is a powerful way to raise awareness around the importance of taking care of our planet. We hope you’re inspired to take action and make the world a cleaner and greener place. 

Share Your Act of Peace With Us

We created Billion Acts of Peace to help log your contributions to creating a more peaceful world. If you have something special planned for Earth Day, share your story with us for a chance to be featured on our website. Your act of Peace may also qualify you as a finalist for our 2020 Hero Awards. This year, Hero Award winners will be presented at the annual Nobel Peace Summit in Mexico. 

 

Happy Earth Day!

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Help us celebrate youth leaders around the world https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/04/help-us-celebrate-youth-leaders-around-the-world/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/04/help-us-celebrate-youth-leaders-around-the-world/#respond Mon, 01 Apr 2019 16:03:02 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=18034 Are You the Next Billion Acts Hero?  Do you know someone who should be? Have you heard the news?  Billion Acts is accepting nominations for the best youth Acts and Projects worldwide. Each year, Billion Acts reviews every Act of Peace that was added to our website over the past 12 months. If you have logged an act of peace on our website, you could be in the running for a hero award! Why We Hold the Hero Awards: Our organization exists to connect and highlight individuals spreading peace in their communities every day. We hold our annual award ceremony for two […]

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Are You the Next Billion Acts Hero?  Do you know someone who should be?

Have you heard the news?  Billion Acts is accepting nominations for the best youth Acts and Projects worldwide.

Each year, Billion Acts reviews every Act of Peace that was added to our website over the past 12 months. If you have logged an act of peace on our website, you could be in the running for a hero award!

Why We Hold the Hero Awards: Our organization exists to connect and highlight individuals spreading peace in their communities every day. We hold our annual award ceremony for two reasons: to celebrate peacekeepers on a global scale and to encourage others to take action.

We celebrate peacekeepers. Peace would not exist without peacekeepers and peace creators. Our Hero Award Winners are both. Part of our mission is bringing attention to those who are changing the world for the better. These awards honor those individuals.

We strive to inspire action. Our Hero Award winners inspire and encourage other youth and communities to take action and spread peace. It’s our hope that you will be moved to create peace in your community.

 

The Six Hero Award Categories Are…

Our Acts of Peace fall into ten categories: education and community development, protecting the earth, alleviating extreme poverty, global health and wellness, non-proliferation and disarmament, human rights for all, ending racism and hate, advancing women and children, clean water for everyone and conflict revolution.

We look for Acts of Peace that address one or more of these focus areas. There are six categories that the acts of peace fall into:  

  • Best Youth Movement Act: Winners in this category have been as young as seven years old.
  • Best University Act: This award goes to someone at the university level who actively strives to change the world.
  • Best Social Enterprise Act: We’re looking for someone who started a social enterprise dedicated to solving some of the planet’s most pressing problems.
  • Best Community Act: This Act of Peace is all about building community. Often times, peacekeepers and community builders are one in the same. This Award recognizes that in one inspiring individual.
  • Best Nonprofit Act: Have you or someone you know started a non-profit to help your community?
  • Best Up and Coming Peacemaker Act: Are you stepping up to solve a challenge in your corner of the world?

 

The Three Winning Elements of Peace

We look for three elements in the winning Acts of Peace:

  1. Social Impact: To what extent did the act of peace impact their target community?
  2. Scope: How broadly and effectively did the act of peace play out?
  3. Future Peace: How will this act of peace create more peace in the future?

 

Help Us Select Our Hero Award Winners!

Voting begins at the end of May. Our ranking system is based on impact. Voting for a specific act raises its “impact rank.” Our Nobel Peace Laureates, will also jury the acts of peace. Simply visit our website to cast your vote.

Remember to add your act of peace or nominate someone by April 30th!  

 

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World Water Day https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/03/world-water-day/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/03/world-water-day/#respond Fri, 15 Mar 2019 16:44:30 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=17994   What is World Water Day? The UN’s Sustainable Development Goal number six reads crystal clear: water for everyone by 2030. Did you know that billions of people are still living without access to safe water in their homes, schools, farms and workplaces? Some families drink water at the risk of getting sick. Other families have to walk miles to fetch their water. World Water Day is dedicated to bringing awareness to this human rights issues. Often times, marginalized groups such as women, refugees and disabled people are overlooked when it comes to water rights. This year, World Water Day […]

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What is World Water Day?

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goal number six reads crystal clear: water for everyone by 2030. Did you know that billions of people are still living without access to safe water in their homes, schools, farms and workplaces? Some families drink water at the risk of getting sick. Other families have to walk miles to fetch their water. World Water Day is dedicated to bringing awareness to this human rights issues.

Often times, marginalized groups such as women, refugees and disabled people are overlooked when it comes to water rights.

This year, World Water Day is on Friday March 22nd. We invite you to jump on board and start tackling the water inequality issues that exist in the world. You alone can make more of a difference than you might think!

 

Eager to do your part on World Water Day?

Visit Worldwaterday.org to learn more about events you can plan. They have an entire resource tab full of beautifully designed World Water Day posters.

 

Here’s What We Recommend Doing on Billion Acts

 

  • Share Your Acts of Peace With Us On World Water Day
  • Support another initiative
  • Educate others about water issues world wide

 

Remember to share your involvement on World Water Day with us at Billion Acts of Peace. We’re always looking for new acts of kindness and compassion to feature to inspire others.

Many hands make light work. Imagine if everyone did their part to help on World Water Day? Anytime you spread peace, you impact more people than you think. So keep on being a leader in your community! The world needs you.

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International Women’s Day https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/03/international-womens-day/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/03/international-womens-day/#respond Fri, 01 Mar 2019 17:09:50 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=17904 Are You Ready For International Women’s Day? We all know about International Women’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate female empowerment, progress, women’s rights and the role of all women on the world stage. But did you know that International Women’s Day originated in Soviet Russia after women gained suffrage in 1917? Or that the first National Women’s day in the US took place in New York in 1909? That’s right! Women were celebrating each other long before the UN officially adopted the celebration in 1975 (and we’re so grateful they did!) Now that you know the origins of International […]

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Are You Ready For International Women’s Day?

We all know about International Women’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate female empowerment, progress, women’s rights and the role of all women on the world stage.

But did you know that International Women’s Day originated in Soviet Russia after women gained suffrage in 1917? Or that the first National Women’s day in the US took place in New York in 1909? That’s right! Women were celebrating each other long before the UN officially adopted the celebration in 1975 (and we’re so grateful they did!)

Now that you know the origins of International Women’s day, we thought you might be interested in how you can spread peace on this day! Keep reading to learn more.

 

What Happens On International Women’s Day?

This year, the campaign leading International Women’s day will focus on building a more balanced world.  

Collective action is the key to creating a better, more equal and peaceful world for all humans. International Women’s day serves as an opportunity to spotlight women dedicated to social, economic, political and cultural change. But it’s also a day centered around increasing gender balance in our world. To make a difference we all need all male, female and non gender identifying hands on deck.

Wondering how your hands can help? Find out below!

 

How Can I Get Involved?

Our Billion Acts of Peace partners over at the Nobel Women’s Initiative have an entire “Take Action” page dedicated to helping you help women in your community and across the world.

Join six courageous Nobel Peace Laureates including, Mairead Maguire, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Tawakkol Karman, and Leymah Gbowee in making everyday a day to celebrate women.

Follow them on twitter to stay updated on their events and opportunities to create peace.

 

Spread Peace For Women Every Day

Are you ready to take the lead on bridging the gaps between inequality and celebrating the women in your community? Plan or participate in an event for International Women’s Day 2019.

Remember to sure to share your acts of peace with us for a chance to be featured! #IWD2019 #InternationalWomensDay #InternationalWomensDay2019

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