Sing the World Green encourages children’s choirs who do Earth Day concerts to engage in environmental service work as well. Amy's own students have felt the power of “walking the walk,“ not just “talking the talk.” See below for simple service work ideas. Amy has found that her students also enjoy sharing their project experiences with audiences through stories and slide shows. Educating people about caring for the Earth empowers and inspires her students. This is how young musicians can use their talents and passion to contribute to making our world a better place!
Sing the World Green would love to hear about other choirs’ experiences with doing service work. Please share them with me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the Contact Us area of this website, giving me permission to post photos and stories on this website (if you send photos, you will need to make sure that you have permission from the parents of your students). We need to spread the word about all our good work!
Build bat houses or bird houses
Help thin an unhealthy forest
Work at a recycle/compost station at a fun festival
Pick vegetables from a community garden to avoid waste
Pull invasive weeds
Collect seeds of native plants to plant in areas impacted by humans
Work with your local recycling company to add compost and recycle bins at more businesses in your community
Volunteer to help at your local recycling company
Raise and release native fish
Do an energy audit at your school
Pick up litter in your community
At your school and place of worship, plant native flowers that are beneficial to the local bee population
Take action to mitigate water bottle pollution. Ask your school district to get rid of pre-bottled water offerings at lunch, and encourage students to use their own water bottles.
Create paper pads out of recycled printer pages from your school.
Have a clothing repair drive at your school or place of worship.
Make eco-bricks out of plastic bottles to be used for building materials
Make eco-friendly house cleaners out of simple ingredients and sell them at a deep discount. Encourage customers to bring their own containers
Make paper-bead jewelry out of colorful magazine pages
You will probably need to collaborate with a local organization to do some of these things. Many cities have community gardens that would love extra help! Also, try contacting the offices of the county you live in. There may be an office that maintains parks and outdoor recreational places, and they probably use volunteers to help. Also, most states have fish and wildlife offices that may need volunteer help. Finally, most school districts have some sort of sustainability coordinator that can be engaged in for some of these projects.