Seven Ideas for Organizing
an Anti-War Earth Day Event
(For things individuals can do, such
as writing Letters to the Editor, click
1. Host a table at an Earth Day event. Contact your local Earth
Day organizer – visit www.earthday.org/events/ – to
locate an event in your area, and ask if it’s possible
to host an information table. Your friends and colleagues can
the table, which should have a sign, handouts, and a jar to collect
donations. You can download and make copies of leaflets
and fact sheets here. Click
here for a printable graphic that can go on
signs and other materials.
Leaflet at your local Earth Day Event. If it is too late to host
a table, get a group of friends together and hand out leaflets at the Earth Day event.
3. Host a video
party. “Hidden Wars of Desert Storm” is
a 64-minute video that was the result of a two-year investigation.
It can be ordered through Global
Video screenings can be done at home, in classrooms, at your
place of worship, etc. After the screening, consider leading
on the video and passing around a hat to raise money for Environmentalists
Against War. (Checks and tax-deductible donations can be sent
to Environmentalists Against War, 1713 Sanchez Street, San
Francisco, CA 94131.)
4. Host an Earth Day sign-making party for
your next local
peace rally. For suggested slogans, click
5. Organize a fun photo-op. For Earth Day 2001, a group of students
from Los Angeles laid down on a large lawn and formed
sun that said “Go Solar” (see www.earthday.org/events/events-us.stm).
And this year, nude women have posed in locations from Byron
Bayon, Australia to Point Reyes, California spelling out
messages of peace.
Clothed or not, you can spell out your own (short) message,
and invite local newspaper photographers to cover your event.
Organize an Earth Day action during the morning/evening
commute. Do you live in an area where commuters are stuck
while driving to work? Consider creating some large and colorful
to hang or hold on bridges that stretch across key highways.
Pick slogans that make the link between the war and oil,
such as “How
many lives per gallon?” or “No Blood for Oil!”
Form an SUV ticketing team. Gather some friends, print out
a stack of SUV “environmental tickets,” and head
to your nearest parking lot. Place these fake and funny tickets
of SUVs and large trucks. Visit BAA for
downloadable tickets and tips on giving them out.