I've said it before and I'll say it again - it is today's teenagers who are standing at the forefront of the environmental movement. Because, teens, you are the ones who will be directly impacted by the environmental decisions that are made today.  So don't just stand back and wait for the cards to be dealt.  Get out there and do something about it.  

Need help?  Check out this website: Do Something.org, a hip, teen-centric nonprofit that follows the ethos that every person has the power to make a difference.  We all just need to ... you guessed it ... Do Something.  Their aim is to help connect teens with the volunteer opportunites that interest them, so that all can benefit.  I really like their "Five Guidelines We Live By:"

  1. Believe in teenagers. Teenagers can lead today. We don't require adults.
  2. Trust teenagers. We provide reliable, easy-to-access information and activation strategies, but teens decide for themselves what to do.
  3. Celebrate teenagers. We think all measurable contributions from teens are valuable.
  4. Respect teenagers. We understand that teenagers have diverse abilities and constraints.
  5. Value teenagers. Our programs and products are free. We're not after teens' money; we want their passion, time and creativity.
You can browse their website to find all kinds of volunteer opportunities, and you can even search by cause, location and duration of the position. And if you really don't want to miss the boat, sign up for the Do Something NOW program, to get volunteer opportunities texted directly to your mobile phone.  You won't get any more than 1-2 texts per month, but remember standard text messaging rates apply and you can opt out any time.

Now don't just sit there.

Do. Something.

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