For over 40 years, Earth Day Network has been leading and supporting its vast international network in a myriad of programs and campaigns designed to celebrate Earth Day every year, on or around April 22.
It began as a "National Teach-In", on the 22nd of April, when 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.
Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
Since 1990, Earth Day has become a truly global celebration, with national observances in Morocco, India and nearly 200 other countries.
We invite you to create your own unique Earth Day event for our next observance! You can find all of the resources you need here.