6 Simple Ways To Get Involved In Environmental Action

Want to make a difference? Well you certainly can!

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The environment is something we feel very passionate about here at KISS and we know that you guys feel the same. While doing small things every day – like carrying a tote bag or recycling – is a great way to do your part, there are loads of other options for those who want to step it up a notch!

There are so many organisations and activities around Ireland that you can take part in so we’ve come up with a list for you!

Sustainable School workshops

ECO-UNESCO is Ireland’s Environmental Education and Youth Organisation that works to conserve the environment and empower young people. They offer many opportunities for young people to get involved and be informed on how they can take part in helping the environment. One of the services they offer is free workshops for schools, which cover a range of topics such as fast fashion, food waste, climate action, plastic, and what Earth can sustain. Visit their website for information on how to organise a workshop for your school.

 

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Donate your clothes!

Spring cleaning your wardrobe? H&M and TK Maxx are two shops that will take clothes donations if you’re cutting down on excess clothes. H&M recycle your clothes by either selling them on or reusing the materials to make something new, along with the donation you get a €5 voucher to spend online or in-store as a thank you. Sounds good to us!

TK Maxx are using donations to raise money for Enable Ireland who offer vital services for children with disabilities in communities across Ireland. Both very worthy causes and great ways to encourage a clear out of those items you’ve stared at for the past year and never worn.

You can also head along to a swap shap, where you trade your unwanted clothes for someone elses (one man’s trash is another man’s treasure and all that!).

 

Beach and street cleans

An Taisce’s Clean Coasts promote the idea of  the 2-minute beach clean and now they’ve started the 2-minute street clean, because why restrict it to the beach? They encourage people of all ages to spend two minutes cleaning up whenever you’re out and about. Two minutes can go by so quickly when you’re scrolling through Instagram, so why not spend them being productive? You can snap a pic of what you’ve collected, Tag the picture using the hashtag #2minutestreetclean and share it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to be in with the chance to win a #2minutestreetclean gift! This is a simple activity you can take part in anytime and it’ll make such a difference if everyone gets involved, get the timers on!

 

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Solar Schools

Friends of the Earth have volunteering opportunities all over Ireland as well as the Solar Schools competition which gives students a chance to win their school a solar panel for their roof! They feel strongly about the benefits of going solar and want to make the process of going solar more straight forward so more and more schools and communities can make the move with ease in the future. Each participating school must come up with a great idea for climate action to be in with a chance to win! All details are on their website. Last year there were 5 winners but this year they are picking up to 16! Get the creative juices flowing and check online to see how your school can be involved next year.

 

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Spring Clean Up

Live Here, Love Here is an organisation that promotes environmental and community improvement in Northern Ireland. They host big spring clean up events around Northern Ireland and give you the opportunity to organise your own. Check their website for details on how to get involved or inspiration to start something similar in your area, you’d be so surprised how much can get done when a community works together.

Hopefully these gave you some environmental inspo to go out and make your difference. Everyone can so a little something to play their part, get your friends and families involved, bring your dog for a walk while you clean, it can be fun too!

 

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Words: Jade Carpenter

 

 


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