How Are You Making the World a Better Place Today?

Laura Stelsel is director of marketing and communications for Kappa Delta Pi.

logo-world-environment-dayDid you know that June 5 is World Environment Day? It was established by the UN in 1972 as “the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.”  This year’s theme is Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level.

Sustainability is an extremely important initiative of Kappa Delta Pi. In fact, we are a partner of UNESCO, a specialized agency of the UN, to advance the work of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). We feel it’s our duty, and that of every educator across the globe, to teach children about being responsible global citizens, and ESD is a huge part of that responsibility.

So, we want to know: what do you do in your life or in your classroom to advocate for sustainability? And what are you going to do TODAY for the environment?

Even if you share info about World Environment Day via Facebook, recycle your yogurt container at lunch, bring your own bags to the grocery store, or finally make the switch from bottled water–every bit makes a difference. We want to hear all of your ideas, small and large.

Here are a few websites you may want to check out:

The EPA Carbon Footprint Calculator: allows you to answer a few questions to calculate your household’s carbon footprint and provides information on how to reduce the footprints we are all leaving behind. asks you trivia questions and donates 10 grains of rice for each question you answer correctly. Some fun facts: 5,134,830 grains of rice were donated yesterday through this website and over 100 billion grains have been donated to date (that’s almost 16 million meals). According to the website FreeRice has two goals, to provide education to everyone for free and to help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

Tell us: do you have any go-to sustainability websites and resources? Share them with us!

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