This year on April 22nd over a billion people in 190 countries celebrated Earth Day – the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Historically, groups from across the political spectrum have come together on that day in efforts from protests and rallies to conferences and clean-ups. As Jaycees, we can be proud that many of our chapters around the country tackled environmental issues to make their community better.
The grassroots nature of Earth Day offers a number of lessons that Jaycees can use as inspiration for their own efforts to get involved and improve their communities. As the premier organization for young professionals 18-40, the Jaycees are committed to making a difference by working with local partners on projects that will have a sustained impact on their immediate environment. By teaming with resources from government, business, and political elements, our members make connections that will offer benefits well into the future.
As Earth Day also reminds us, we have a social responsibility to make our surroundings better. By planning and executing projects that help individuals throughout our communities, the Jaycees, already positively identified at the local, national, and international levels, demonstrate a continuing commitment to the well-being of others. What does that mean for our organization? It increases an already strong reputation that allows better access to the influencers within our communities that can help guarantee the sustainability of existing projects and the creation of new ones with even greater impacts.