Earth Force has developed a project-based learning approach that engages young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities. We deliver the program by providing middle school educators with the training and support they need to create an engaging, hands-on classroom that empowers students to solve environmental problems.
Via Earth Force, over 25,000 young people per year design and implement projects that reflect issues they care about and their desire to address a local environmental issue, gaining hands-on experience by applying what they have learned in the classroom to real-world situations.
Earth Force Origin
In 1990, three young girls from Freeport, ME were concerned about the amount of styrofoam in local rivers. After talking with local businesses and community leaders, they decided to focus their efforts on passing a city ordinance to ban polystyrene food containers. In the end those young girls prevailed. Freeport passed an ordinance replacing polystyrene, fast food companies moved away from the use of styrofoam containers, and the Pew Charitable Trusts was inspired to start a nonprofit, Earth Force, to replicate the girls’ experience across the country.
Since that time, Earth Force has helped over 300,000 young people become environmental citizens.