Happy Earth Day from the New Global Citizen Team


For the past 44 years, the world has celebrated the Earth. Today, there are more than a billion people across taking some sort of positive and “green” stride for our planet.

But did you know it all started with 20 million people across the U.S. in the ’70s who began to rally, advocate and community educate for the protection of the environment? (Read more here on Nat Geo about Earth Day got started and its impact!)

This year’s theme for Earth Day revolves around the idea of building green cities. What does this mean? It means that this year more than half the world lives in an cities, and with an ever-growing of “urban population” – people living in cities – our impact on the land, the ozone layer, the air we breathe, the rain and sunlight that hydrates our vegetation becomes critical, as it has become over the last decade. (You can read more here about this year’s theme on Earth Day Org!).

As a New Global Citizen, there are many things you can to today to alleviate your and your peers’ impact on our planet. From educating to advocating, whether at the local or global scale.

At the local level, you may raise awareness about littering on campus. Bring it up to the administrators and discuss the importance of a clean area, or encourage your friends to do better. Or, perhaps your city doesn’t have a recycling system…or perhaps your household doesn’t have a recycling system.

On the global level, you may raise awareness about NGC’s partners from A Ban Against Neglect (ABAN) in Accra, Ghana, where majority of our electronic waste ends up littering the streets. Women in Accra with ABAN are reversing the effect of poverty and waste in their lives by taking the trash and in turn turning it into marketable goods! That’s a plus for the Earth, the economy and women empowerment! Learn more here!

Or, on a more local level for those in Arizona or specifically in the Tuscon-area, you can partner up with Douglaprieta where community members are taught how to cultivate their vegetation and garden in order to alleviate the families’ dependency on government-assistance! Learn more here. 

Click here to learn more about sustainability-based global projects you may take a part in!

Magnolia High Rides for Change

Written by Team Mentor Kamrie Yeung


On Saturday, November 23, 2013, six students from Magnolia High School left the comfort of their beds and stepped into their backyards – America’s backyard. Magnolia High School’s NGC team had organized a Ride for Change event to ride their bikes around their local park to pass around “goody bags” for the homeless in the park. These bags, carefully arranged by the team, contained water, granola bars, and socks. These were small offerings, but like coals in the snow, a precious gift. Team leader Ailene Ortiz recounts that in this deceptively simple act, they had learned that “a small token of care can have such impact on someone’s life”.  They became more aware that “poverty is happening in our own backyards, and we have the power to make a change”.

People in developed countries are often preoccupied (although sometimes rightly so) with what is going on in other countries and what is unjust in other societies that they overlook what is happening in their own backyard. Sometimes, in the midst of learning about and helping distant issues, we must remember that although America as a country is thriving, there are bubbles of poverty within itself. These are often overlooked, not receiving nearly as much care and attention as the “Red Cross” areas, and yet needing just as much. Magnolia High team’s event was sustainable, thoughtful, and enjoyable, which is what NGC, I believe, strives for our students.