With Earth Day coming up later this month, some people will be putting together an event for the day. In this article from Destination Green, they give you ten ideas to help you organize an event for Earth Day.
Ten BIG PICTURE Ideas for Organizing an Earth Day Event
By Elizabeth Steward, The Ashkin Group
The best way to host a successful Earth Day event is through planning. The more support you get, the better your event will be. Follow these easy steps to make sure your Earth Day event is a success:
1. Develop a vision: Come up with a general idea for your Earth Day event.
It really is easier than you think to get involved with Earth Day events, or to host your own. Image source: Microsoft Office Images
2. Build a Team: We can’t solve climate change alone, and organizing is more fun with others! Build a team you can work with to plan events in your community. Identify and empower captains for various projects, such as recruitment, service, publicity, etc.
3. Define Project: With your team, create a plan for the event. Be creative. A shift in mindset can take place in many forums.
4. Set Goals: Once you have a plan, have your team set achievable goals. Remember, setting metrics for success is important for team morale. Success may be getting 10 volunteers for a park cleanup or 10,000 participants at a climate change rally. Set goals, and then work to meet and exceed them.
5. Work Out Logistics: Secure a location for the event; determine the time and date, and plan out the program schedule. Tell Earth
Day Network about your event so that we can help promote it and add it to our global registry.
6. Broaden Your Team: Climate change affects people from all communities and backgrounds. Reach out to neighbors, organizations and groups who may or may not traditionally get involved with environmental causes, and bring them on as partners.
7. Fundraise: Event planning takes money. Designate a fundraising captain and have everyone pitch in to raise the necessary funds to make your event a success.
8. Media Campaign: Start marketing and advertising for your event! Work with local media, and reach out to local government officials.
9. Run a Successful Event: Make sure the event stays on schedule, and be prepared for any problems that may arise.
10.Follow-up: Get feedback from your team and event participants on your event. Find out what worked well and how you can improve next time.