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State of Virginia Honors Earth Force

The state of Virginia issued a proclamation in honor of Earth Force’s 30th Anniversary! Thanks to Senator Adam Ebbin for initiating this process and being a wonderful mentor for Earth Force students. Sen. Ebbin worked with students in Virginia who used Environmental Action Civics to advocate for changes to state indoor air quality laws after discovering mushrooms growing in their classroom.

Earth Force President and CEO Vince Meldrum, Earth Force Youth Board Member Bridget Baron, and Senator Adam Ebbin
SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 67
Offered February 12, 2024

Commending Earth Force.

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Patron– Ebbin
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WHEREAS, Earth Force, an organization dedicated to engaging young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future, celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2023; and

WHEREAS, inspired by the work of a group of elementary school students from Freeport, Maine, the Pew Charitable Trusts founded Earth Force in 1993 with the aim to provide young people with civic experiences that will motivate them to become active citizens in addressing environmental challenges; and

WHEREAS, through the Earth Force process, which combines best practices from environmental education, service-learning, experiential civics education, and youth development, young individuals gain direct experience in addressing environmental and community issues, developing valuable leadership skills along the way; and

WHEREAS, Earth Force’s approach has evolved over the years in collaboration with other environmental organizations–such as Global Rivers Environmental Education Network and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Chesapeake Bay Office–and in 2019 launched its innovative Environmental Action Civics program; and

WHEREAS, with adults guiding young people through the process of investigating environmental problems, identifying issues that affect their lives, and developing and implementing a course of action, Earth Force’s Environmental Action Civics program helps students develop a range of essential skills and most importantly, inspires them to become involved in the environmental decision-making that will impact their futures; and

WHEREAS, building on its success over the past three decades, Earth Force announced its TenFold program in 2021, a five-year strategic plan to expand the organization’s reach from 15,000 to 150,000 students; and

WHEREAS, today, Earth Force has programs in 28 states, with more than 750 educators empowering nearly 50,000 students to become agents of change for the benefit of the environment and the future of the planet; and

WHEREAS, local chapters of Earth Force have collaborated with Caring for our Watersheds, an education program that encourages students to participate in efforts to preserve and improve local watersheds through student-led solutions; and

WHEREAS, members of Earth Force at George Washington Middle School in Alexandria were recently successful in their efforts to address the issue of mold in schools, an accomplishment that will improve the quality of life for thousands of young people in the Commonwealth; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the Senate of Virginia, That Earth Force hereby be commended on the occasion of the organization’s 30th anniversary; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the Senate prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to Earth Force as an expression of the Senate of Virginia’s admiration for the organization’s mission and best wishes for its continued success.

Written by -

Hayley Valley, Earth Force's Communications Manager, joined Earth Force in 2010 and has since held too many roles to count - all drawing on her experience in communicating Earth Force's commitment to environmental action civics. When she’s not knee-deep in Google Docs, you’ll find her chasing her two boys around.

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