Article: Nickelodeon Celebrates Earth Day With Their “Get Dirty” Initiative And Honors Teens Who HALO!


Earth Day is soon approaching and just like every other day, we should all be thinking of ways to give back to our Earth and appreciate the wonderful Earth we are fortunate to live on. Nickelodeon is celebrating Earth Day with their “Get Dirty” initiative and by honoring teens who HALO, like Abigail Saltmarsh. According to the press release, “The “Get Dirty Challenge,” a call-to-action issued by New Hampshire teen and young environmentalist Abigail Saltmarsh, is a nationwide contest for kids to show how they are helping the environment.  Saltmarsh’s challenge has been created along with support from Nickelodeon’s Get Dirty in partnership with the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)”.

Abigail Saltmarsh is April’s HALO effect honoree. According to the press release, “Saltmarsh was selected as Nickelodeon’s April HALO Effect honoree for her work as a dynamic advocate for environmental issues in her New Hampshire community.  A beach clean-up project with her Girl Scout troop at age seven made her aware of the role humans play in polluting our planet and sparked in her an ardent need to make a difference.  Since then, Saltmarsh has been diligently working to improve her home state through projects sponsored by her school’s recycling, composting, gardening and beautification clubs.  Saltmarsh is also an animal advocate, whose current passion project includes spreading the word about the plight of African elephants at the hands of illegal ivory poachers.

As the April HALO Effect honoree, Saltmarsh will be recognized in an on-air profile on TeenNick throughout the month and will be further highlighted on  In addition, Nickelodeon’s HALO Effect will award a $5,000 grant to the Wildlife Conservation Society(WCS), a global organization dedicated to saving wildlife,  on behalf of Saltmarsh’s work with the organization.”

YOU can make a positive impact on the environment and “Get Dirty” too! Make a video up to 60 seconds responding to Abigail Saltmarsh’s “Get Dirty Challenge” and show how YOU help the environment. Upload the video onto  and “from now through April 30.  A panel of young environmentalists will select their top four videos and then kids can vote on the one they feel is the most influential, with the winner receiving a trip for four to the 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards”. (source: press release)

Want to know how YOU can help make a positive impact on your environment? Every little thing counts! Go onto for environmental fun facts, photo galleries and even Spongebob’s Jellyfishin’ Mission game along with some Get Dirty trivia.

According to the press release, ““We applaud Abigail who cares very much about the environment and wildlife, particularly some species of African elephants who currently remain endangered.   Through Get Dirty, Nickelodeon is helping Abigail raise awareness about her particular cause and in the process challenging kids to be engaged around Earth Day,” said Marva Smalls, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Nickelodeon Group. “We wanted Get Dirty to be a way for kids across America to be proud of what they do to make a big impact on our planet.”

To learn more about the HALO Effect visit, . Comment below and tell me or tweet me at @alexisjoyvipacc, how will YOU be celebrating Earth Day? What do YOU do to HALO and make a positive impact on your environment – I want to know!

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