Frequently Asked Questions
When is Earth Day?
Earth Day is honored around the world on April 22, although larger events such as festivals and rallies are often organized for the weekends before or after April 22. Many communities also observe Earth Week or Earth Month, organizing a series of environmental activities throughout the month of April.
Why do we need an Earth Day?
Because it works! Earth Day broadens the base of support for environmental programs, rekindles public commitment and builds community activism around the world through a broad range of events and activities. Earth Day is the largest civic event in the world, celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. More than a billion people participate in our campaigns every year.
Who is responsible for Earth Day?
Earth Day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin and organized by Denis Hayes in 1970. Earth Day Network manages and organizes Earth Day and related environmental education and policy activities, such as school greenings, year-round.
What can I do for Earth Day?
The possibilities for getting involved are endless! Volunteer. Go to a festival. Install solar panels on your roof. Organize an event in your community. Change a habit. Help launch a community garden. Communicate your priorities to your elected representatives. Do something nice for the Earth, have fun, meet new people, and make a difference.
But you needn't wait for April 22! Earth Day is Every Day. To build a better future, we all must commit to protect our environment year-round.
What is Earth Day Network?
Founded by the organizers of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network (EDN) promotes year-round environmental citizenship and action, worldwide. Earth Day Network is a driving force, steering environmental awareness around the world. Through Earth Day Network, activists connect, interact and impact their communities, and create positive change in local, national, and global policies. EDN's international network reaches over 22,000 organizations in 192 countries, while the domestic program assists over 30,000 educators, coordinating thousands of community development and environmental protection activities throughout the year.
How do I get in touch with Earth Day Network?
Visit our Contact Us page.
I'm interested in organizing an event. Where do I begin?
If you are new to event organizing, visit our online resources section for all sorts of organizing tips. If you aren't sure what sort of project you would like to do, check out our events. Adapt the ideas you see on the calendar for your country, political climate, and environmental and social needs. If you are organizing an event, register your event in our calendar so that we can share it with the world.
What does Earth Day Network provide teachers and can I get access?
From Richmond to Russia, teachers are using Earth Day Network's environmental education curricula in their classrooms. In Taiwan, the Natural History Museum is distributing our lessons in Chinese. Join our Educators' Network today!
Who writes the Earth Day Network blog and what can I learn from it?
Our blog is where Earth Day Network staff and our partners write about a wide variety of environmental topics and issues, including our recent articles and events of interest to the worldwide environmental community.
Why should I register my organization with Earth Day Network?
Register your group with Earth Day Network to become one of our organizational partners. It will allow you to form alliances with other member groups and share campaign ideas and strategies.