Today we’re moving the power of collective action from our screens to the great outdoors. Take 100 seconds at some point today to go outside and pick up litter in a place you love. It may seem like a small act, but if thousands of us act together today, we will have started a chain reaction that takes thousands of pieces of litter off the streets and protects the places we love. For extra credit, take a picture of yourself picking up litter and tag #First100Ways
Take 100 seconds today to select one of these five high-impact practices that you can adopt to become a better steward of the Earth. Researchers at Yale found that some 42% of Americans are already “alarmed” by or “concerned” by climate change, but don’t know what they can do about it. So help your family and friends by sharing one of these small steps, and commit to taking it together!
On Monday, we asked the First 100 Ways community to vote on the focus of today’s ation. #TeamOcean won by a landslide...or should we say “by a waterslide”?
Today, take 100 seconds to become a Wavemaker and get weekly updates and action alerts from Oceana - the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation, which has achieved policy victories like stopping bottom trawling in sensitive habitat areas and protecting sea turtles from commercial fishing gear.
As a Wavemaker, you will join half a million fellow ocean lovers to regularly weigh in on important policies and let policy makers know you care. You will take the power of collective action beyond the first 100 days.
Sign up here!
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life. It is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. This Saturday, 47 years after the first Earth Day celebration, millions of people will March for Science in more than 400 communities around the world. It will be an unprecedented global gathering of scientists and science enthusiasts coming together to celebrate and encourage research that gives us insight into the world. The First 100 Ways community will march with them every step of the way!
WEBSITE: Take 100 seconds today to find a March for Science near you and invite 6 friends to march with you!
Going meatless once a week saves water, reduces the use of fossil fuels, and lowers the amount of greenhouse gasses produced, decreasing our negative impact on the planet. Consider the fact that approximately 1,850 gallons of water are needed to produce a single pound of beef, compared to only 39 gallons necessary for a pound of vegetables. Since the average American consumes nearly four times the amount of animal protein compared to the average person elsewhere in the world, we have a lot of work to do! But you don’t have to become a vegetarian to make a difference. Commit to not eating meat today. Or do it every Monday. Once a week isn’t that hard, right?
Learn more about the #MeatlessMonday movement, including health benefits and recipes here.
Are you a #WildernessWarrior or #TeamOcean all the way?
This Wednesday, the First 100 Ways community will be supporting one of two causes - and it’s up to you to help us choose which one!
Oceans make up more than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, feed hundreds of millions of people and regulate the climate. Wilderness provides refuge to many endangered species, offers opportunity for recreation and reflection, and enhances clean air.
Watch 50 seconds of each of these beautiful videos for inspiration and VOTE on Facebook:
If you don’t have Facebook, you can still vote by commenting right here on our site!
For millennia, sharing a meal has stood as one of the few things that all of us—whoever we are and wherever we come from—have in common. In the wake of this divisive election, we're hungrier than ever for spaces to break bread, be heard, and build bridges across lines of difference. Check out 100 Days 100 Dinners and find a friend to host a dinner with you.
Facebook (and the internet as a whole) can devolve quickly into bickering about politics, which can be draining and exhausting. Today, think about people you disagree with online and consider how to move those interactions into real life, person-to-person conversations. Use the “Better Conversations Guide” to get started.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. True, but they also may need words of encouragement and support, especially if they are facing tough times. Take 100 seconds today to write a note to someone and express your gratitude for them. Consider those you may not agree with politically. Do you have anything in common or a shared priority that you can be grateful for?
Sometimes it seems that political differences are like magnets pushing us apart and making it impossible to pull ourselves back in. Yet, books cross this space. Find a book off this list, which are all equally liked by both liberals and conservatives, and commit to reading it.