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Earth Day 2020 Climate Strike

Fridays for Future

April 21, 2020, 8 p.m. - April 24, 2020, 8 p.m. EDT

Earth Day 2020 (Wednesday, April 22) will mark the 50th anniversary of the world's first major environmental movement. Regrettably, Earth Day 2020 also marks another year of insufficient progress by the world's richest and largest polluting countries on addressing the climate crisis. The December 2019 United Nations COP25 climate conference was a clear failure, and most world leaders refuse to take meaningful climate action. So again, environmentalists, youth climate strikers, and coalition allies will use Earth Day 2020 as a platform to call attention to the urgency of protecting the place we all live: Earth. Earth Day 2020 will be a day of major global climate strikes, rallies, and marches around the world. We will use the week of April 22nd (and Friday, April 24th) to send a clear message to our leaders in a critical election year that we need (and demand) climate action now. On the first Earth Day in 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. By the end of that year, the first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. We need that type of hope, positivity, and people power again as we push for a Green New Deal - but this time around the world. Please mark your calendar and RSVP to receive reminders and additional info as Earth Day 2020 events get planned. To organize, list, or promote your climate strike or event on Brightest, sign up as an organizer here or submit your event information here. To share an Earth Day climate event with your friends, family, or organization, you can use our free email template here.

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Go Carbon Neutral

Brightest (Climate)

Flexible times and locations

When we started Brightest we made two simple commitments to ourselves and you: anytime someone completed an act of good or volunteer shift through Brightest, we'd plant a tree. Second, we'd operate as a net zero carbon (CO2) service, offsetting all our servers, travel, and anything else we use to run our website and build our community. Thanks to the commitment of our climate community (and people like you), we've already planted over 10,000 new trees, capturing more than a hundred tons of CO2 this year. All thanks to individual acts of good adding up to big change. Now, with your help, we're taking our tree projects and sustainability commitment to the next level with a new service: a Zero Carbon Living tree-planting offset subscription. Using our existing project and partner infrastructure, each month we plant plant trees and invest in carbon-neutralizing clean energy and waste projects on behalf of our members, then verify the work to report back impact, allowing you to go carbon neutral (or gift zero carbon living to a friend) for less than the price of a weekly coffee ☕ While we don't think this alone will solve the climate crisis (one of the many reasons we provide digital infrastructure and tools to groups like Fridays for Future, Extinction Rebellion, and Sunrise Movement), little differences DO add up when we spread the word and work together. To illustrate this, if every Spotify or Netflix customer went carbon-zero, it would carbon offset the environmental footprint of a country the size of Australia or Brazil. If you'd like to help us reach our next planting target of 1 million trees, we'd be extremely grateful, and you can start right here. Your contribution to plant trees and go carbon neutral is tax deductible. Trees planted through Brightest are planted in partnership with The Brightest Foundation Incorporated, a registered US 501(c)(3) public charity, EIN 83-3516335, alongside our local reforestation partner network. Your contribution to plant trees and offset your carbon footprint with us is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S law.

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Drop In Center Mentor And/or Director

Stand Up Houston

Flexible times

Do you have 3 hours on Friday? Ready to breathe some meaning into your Friday night plans? Do you have a passion for helping young adults rise above their obstacles? The young adults we reach have faced so many challenges transitioning to adulthood due to the cards they were dealt, but we can make a difference. We are a small team part of a nationwide network of boldly compassionate volunteers on a mission to End The Cycle of Homelessness for Young People in Houston. Come join our family and Be the Change you wish to see in the world!Time CommitmentDrop In Counselors: We need volunteers who are able to make a recurring commitment for 2-3 hours per week on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis, based on what fits your schedule. Specifically, you must be available on Friday evenings between 6-9 pm or on weekends as needed. Mea Delivery: If you only have 30 minutes to spare and are able to be in the Montrose area, we are in need of a helpful individual to be the friendly face who picks up food and/or clothing donations and drops them off at our location on Friday afternoon/evenings. You will need any size vehicle and be able to lift the weight of groceries. Leaders: We are also looking for a Drop In Center Director who can be available weekly or biweekly for 3-4 hours/week. You will mentor clients and volunteers at the Drop In Center, keep donation inventory stocked and managed, and take part in leading our organization toward our mission. It’s honestly an easy and rewarding gig and we’re a small, family-atmosphere organization. And you could make a huge difference! Meeting and engaging young adultsDrop In mentors staff our weekly Drop In Center, conduct minor food preparation, and enjoy some of the best conversation of your life as you mentor and build relationships with homeless young adults on their path toward self-efficacy (ages 18-25). The single greatest need for homeless and street young adults is continuous caring and real support.A viable drop in program is not solely concerned with finding homeless young adults who are interested in making huge leaps toward work, school, and housing. While identifying young adults who may require shelter assistance, support must also be provided to those who, for one reason or another: (1) have to live on the streets, (2) aren’t ready for more of the establishment, (3) are afraid to go to a shelter, (4) have a police record and fear incarceration, or (5) have major obstacles in their paths.Drop-In encompasses:Providing vital information regarding available resources to meet their needs, including housing, education, employment, medical, mental health and other support servicesProviding food, clothing and hygiene productsHarm reduction counseling to address the risks associated with street lifeOngoing mentorship through forming safe, helpful, and meaningful connectionsWhere are our Drop In Center programs?Houston (Montrose Area, Downtown, or start your own in your community!)Other locations: Arizona (Tucson), California (Oceanside, Orange County, San Diego, Silicon Valley), Colorado (Denver), District of Columbia, Florida (Miami), Georgia (Atlanta), Illinois (Chicago), Massachusetts (Worcester), Ohio (Cleveland), Texas (San Antonio), Virginia (Hampton Roads), Washington (Bremerton, Olympia, Seattle).

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Houston, Texas 77098

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