Earth Day Network Blog Updates

It's Earth Day!

Today is finally Earth Day! Today, over one billion people in 192 countries—from Zimbabwe to Albania to Indonesia—take action to protect the planet. They organize demonstrations, contact their elected officials, plant trees, clean up their communities, demand renewable energy targets, and much more. This year’s theme is Green Cities.

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Earth Day at Union Station

Come out to Union Station in Washington, DC for an Earth Day event you won’t want to miss!

On April 22nd, the historic public transportation hub will feature free interactive, educational exhibits in honor of Earth Day for guests of all ages. The event aims to show people how they can observe Earth Day by making simple changes in their lives to save energy and protect the environment.

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Earth Day in the Eastern US

Earth Day continues to thrive in the United States with several Earth Day events taking place in cities scattered around the Eastern U.S.

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Share a Ride, Plant a Tree

The theme of Earth Day 2014 is Green Cities. So what exactly are we supposed to do to make our cities green? We can start with transportation. That means transforming our public transportation systems so that they’re accessible, convenient, and run on clean fuels. It also means making our cities more walkable and bikeable—with protected bike lanes, plenty of public green space, and pedestrian-friendly sidewalks. Finally, it means switching over to electric, hybrid, and other eco-friendly vehicles and relying on ride-sharing, rather than driving alone.

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Earth Day in Europe

Cities throughout Europe are gearing up for Earth Day. With several events going on across the continent, Europeans will surely find somewhere to celebrate and promote a more sustainable and healthy planet this Earth Day.

In Geneva, Switzerland, the International School of Geneva is hosting a “green sale” and an organic food sale to raise money to plant trees on the school grounds. There will also be activities like recycling games and environmental arts and crafts.

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Earth Day in the Middle East and Africa

Earth Day 2014 is shaping up to be a huge success, particularly in Africa and the Middle East. Several countries in the region will have Earth Day events this year, including Tunisia, Ghana, Oman, and Iraq, just to name a few.

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Spotlight Green City: Santa Fe, NM

Earth Day Network is excited to partner with the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico as part of the Green Cities campaign. The campaign is focused on helping cities achieve a more sustainable future through improvements in efficiency, investments in technology, and regulation reform.

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Spotlight Green City: Jackson, MS

Through the Green Cities campaign, Earth Day Network is working to help cities transition to a cleaner, healthier and more economically viable future through improvements in efficiency, investments in renewable technology and regulation reform. Earth Day Network is excited to be partnering with the city of Jackson, Mississippi as one of our highlight cities in the campaign.

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Participate in Earth Day with an Earth Dinner

If you’re looking for an easy, fun way to show your support for the environment and eat healthy on Earth Day, we’ve got just the thing—an Earth Dinner! After all, every holiday has its own food tradition except Earth Day, until now. Start by planning a dinner with as many local, seasonal, and organic ingredients as possible – supporting local and organic farmers is a great way to celebrate Earth Day.

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Earth Day in the Western US

Cities in the western U.S. have big plans for Earth Day 2014. Some cities to keep an eye on this Earth Day are Des Moines, Iowa, Reno, Nevada, and San Francisco, California.

The city of Des Moines, for example, is hosting an annual Earth Day Trash Brash on Friday, April 25th. The event will involve teams of volunteers racing to remove litter, beautify natural landscapes in Des Moines, and remove invasive species from public parks, all in an effort to improve Iowa’s water quality and natural beauty. Participants will also be treated to food, music, and educational activities.

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