Earth Day

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.

Latest Updates
Feb 13, 2012

Our campaign to reach A Billion Acts of Green® has now reached the halfway mark.

We've come a long way and still have a ways to go:

Dec 5, 2011

After the first week of COP 17, negotiations are continuing to stall. There is a growing sense of frustration within the environmental community and a feeling that COP 17 is not going make any concrete steps to halting climate change. With numerous countries, including the US, not wanting to adopt emission targets until after 2020, it looks as if an international climate treaty is still years away, perhaps even too late to prevent a permanent increase in global temperature.

May 23, 2011

NHL defenceman Mike Green is an Athlete for the Earth. In our latest PSA, the star Capitals defenceman helps spread the word about the Billion Acts of Green campaign, calling on all of us to do our part.

You can watch the embedded PSA or stream it via YouTube.

May 9, 2011

On May 6, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International Affairs Kerri-Ann Jones announced that as of April 24, the State Department had logged nearly 1,300 Acts of Green. Watch the video after the jump.