Teach-In:n. A series of lectures and discussions on a subject of public interest.
At the first Earth Day in 1970, concerned citizens from all walks of life organized environmental teach-ins. Earth Day teach-ins educated and mobilized citizens to demand government action that protected the environment. Around the United States, people gathered to learn about the environmental degradation happening around them.
Ultimately, this interest and activism led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and landmark legislation, such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act. The process inspired people around the world to adopt similar legislation and institutional arrangements.
Throughout 2020, Earth Day Network returns to teach-ins. We’re calling on people around the world to take part in the 2020 Global Teach-In, with the goal of reaching more than 500 million students and community members worldwide. Teach-ins are a great way to bring your community together to discuss the environmental issues that impact you, vulnerable populations, and future generations. Consider environmental justice throughout your planning to ensure that all voices are represented and heard.
Our resources will help you organize your own environmental teach-in in your local community: at schools, libraries, houses of worship, community centers, parks. Reach out to your neighbors. Register your event. Tell the press.
Download Past year’s toolkits
Protect Our Species Toolkit
To inform on the issues of species loss and spread awareness of the unprecedented threat species face across the planet.
Protect Our Species Toolkit (COLLEGE)
FOR A COLLEGE AUDIENCE: To inform on the issues of species loss and spread awareness of the unprecedented threat species face across the planet.
End Plastic Pollution Toolkit
To communicate on the exponential growth of plastics that is now threatening the survival of our planet.
Campaign for Communities
Two decades of partnerships to diversify and activate the environmental movement through the voting process.
We increase awareness and build environmental and climate literacy in students around the world.