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Since April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network has been at the forefront of the environmental movement — in the United States and around the world. It’s a movement defined by environmental activism, community engagement, civic involvement, and green mobilization – and it continues to produce incredible achievements.
Below are just some our notable and hard-fought victories:
EDN has registered over one million environmental voters and was the first group to build relationships with African American and Latino faith groups around environmental activism.
The largest environmental service campaign in the world is steadily building commitments by individuals, organizations, businesses, and governments to protect the planet. EDN launched the campaign in 2010 and met its goal of registering one billion actions in advance of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June 2012. We’re now past 2 billion Acts of Green and heading for our third billion.
Since 2010, EDN has planted hundreds of millions of trees in 32 countries, focusing on areas most in need of reforestation. The Canopy Project has empowered rural and urban people to conserve, repair, and restore tree cover to their lands and rebuild local economies.
Launched in 2011, the Green Ribbon Schools Program is the first federal program that recognizes public and private schools that reduce environmental impact and costs, improve the health of students and staff, and provide interdisciplinary environmental education. EDN was integral in creating the Green Ribbon Schools award alongside the US Green Building Council and the Department of Education.
Working from the ground up, the NCEP empowers selected teachers and students to remedy specific environmental concerns in their communities. To date, more than 20 projects have been undertaken with huge success!
In conjunction with Rovio Entertainment, EDN released Angry Birds Champions for Earth, a weeklong global tournament that challenged players to learn about and help solve the climate crisis. Available in five languages, the tournament was promoted by seven ‘champions,’ namely Ian Somerhalder, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Sonam and Anil Kapoor, and the Korean boy band VIXX (see the video here). The game was downloaded by millions and gave players opportunities to sign a climate petition, plant trees, and engage on social media.
An initiative focused on promoting women’s leadership in designing and advancing the green economy. This campaign was borne out of a desire to end the scarcity of women in bodies that govern and shape our economy, specifically in approaching global solutions to climate change.
In March 2009, EDN launched a water-focused web portal that brings professionals, activists, and the public together to a single site focused entirely on the global fresh water crises.
In September 2015, Pope Francis addressed the U.S. Congress while EDN hosted a rally on the National Mall to watch the broadcast speech, which included a call for action on climate. Less than a month later, EDN was invited to the Vatican to take part in the March for the Earth from the Coliseum to St Peter’s Square.
EDN organized a record 1,100 Earth Day campus events in April 2009, including over 230 youth voter registration projects on college campuses. EDN’s “Call for Climate” motivated over a million people to ask Congress for immediate and comprehensive action on climate change.
EDN helped pass legislation providing roughly $7 billion in grants to green low-income schools across the country — the first federal grant program for greening schools.
On April 18, 2015, a rally was held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., bringing together world leaders, corporate innovators and other dignitaries. In front of an audience of more than a quarter million people, critical commitments to address climate change were made.