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Save the Planet

Save the Planet

Just like you go to the doctor for checkups to help you stay healthy, our planet needs to be taken care of, too. 

Home to more than 7 billion people and about 8.7 million species, Earth is big. It’s easy for us to feel small and not know how to help, but there are lots of ways you can give back to this place we call home. 

Ready to make a difference?

  • Download the Give Back App (iPhone | Android coming soon!) and find ways to help save the planet near you
  • Create an account so you can favorite activities and causes, earn points and badges, track your hours, and see your impact
  • Use our our activity finder and choose Save the Planet
  • Read on to learn more about this cause…

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Did you know…

4 pounds
of trash is created on average by each of us every day

47,000 trees
could be saved if we all swapped out one roll of regular toilet paper for a recyclable roll

200 years
– the average amount of time it takes for one plastic straw to decompose.

5.25 trillion
– the number of pieces of plastic polluting our oceans. Every piece of plastic ever made still exists, and only 9% has ever been recycled. We must take action now.

How can you help?

Waste and pollution aren’t just hard on us – they’re hard on plants and animals, too. Everything from the air we breathe to the water we drink can be affected. 

Here are a few ways you can reduce waste and pollution where you live:

  • Try the “Zero Waste Week Challenge.” Reducing your waste at home is a great way to start giving back to the earth. Here are some tips to get you started – and who knows? Maybe once the week is over, you’ll be ready for a Zero Waste Month
  • Switch to recyclable toilet paper. Using recyclable toilet paper can help save everything from trees to water. Plus, it’s easy to find at almost any grocery store. Learn more. (Switch to recycled paper towels too for an even bigger impact!)
  • Give up plastic straws. It’s important to have products at home that can be used again and again, instead of plastics that can be used once. Start by swapping out plastic straws for ones made with a reusable material, like stainless steel.
  • Recycle the right way. Did you know dirty items might not get recycled, and that it only takes one contaminated good for the whole bin to get thrown out? Check your local recycling center’s guidelines to make sure you’re recycling the right way.  
  • Find a cause near you. Pick an issue or project in your community that speaks to you – and speak up for what matters. Start your search now or get the Give Back App.

These are just some of the inspiring partners we work with to help save the planet:

  • Crayon Collection. Have unwanted crayons at home? Start a collection at school, so those crayons get reused and don’t end up in landfills. (National)
  • Grades of Green. Reduce trash at lunch. Encourage parents to go green at carpool. Donate clothes to your school. Grades of Green has many ideas kids can go green all year long. (National)




Teen volunteers with a message for the planet at Create the Change Day 2019

Keep reading.

The bad news: The planet needs your help.

The good news: There’s lots of information out there on how to give back. Here are just a few resources.

The books, websites, charities, and/or other entities we share does not imply explicit endorsement by PGK, nor does PGK have any responsibility for the content provided by other organizations or websites. Content on this site is provided for informational purposes only.


Elementary school readers


S is for Save the Planet: A How-To-Be Green Alphabet (Science Alphabet)
by Brad Herzog (Author) and Linda Holt Ayriss (Illustrator)



True Green Kids: 100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet
by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin 



The Earth Book
by Todd Parr 


Middle school readers


365 Ways to Live Green for Kids: Saving the Environment at Home, School, or at Play—Every Day!
by Sheri Amsel 



The New 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth
by The Earthworks Group



Down to Earth: How Kids Help Feed the World
by Nikki Tate


High school readers


Dr. Art’s Guide to Planet Earth: For Earthlings Ages 12 to 120
by Art Sussman, Ph.D (Author) and Emiko Koike (Illustrator)



The Green Teen: The Eco-Friendly Teen’s Guide to Saving the Planet
by Jenn Savedge



Green Careers: Choosing Work for a Sustainable Future
by Jim Cassio

Online Resources

United States Environmental Protection Agency
Get classroom resources for students of all ages, plus activities for young planet protectors

Meet the Greens
This is a site made just for kids looking to save the planet, with games, downloadables, and great information. 

National Wildlife Federation
Learn new ways to get outside and become an advocate for the environment.


Get Green Now
From what plastic straws do to the environment to why saving water matters, learn the ins and out of helping the earth. 

Small Footprint Family
Sustainability starts at home, and this family-friendly blog is full of information and tips to help your family get started. Check out their 37 ways to reduce trash at home

Save On Energy – Kids’ Recycling Guide
Visit this kid-focused site with quizzes, games, and fun facts about recycling.  

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