Concerned citizens from all walks of life organized teach-ins at the first Earth Day in 1970. Around the USA, they gathered to learn the facts about environmental degradation happening around them. Earth Day teach-ins helped educate and mobilize citizens across America to demand that the government and Congress act to protect the environment. Ultimately, this activism led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and landmark legislation such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act. This process inspired others globally to adopt similar legislation and institutional arrangements.
This Earth Day we are returning to this strategy of the first Earth Day in 1970: Teach-Ins.
The theme for Earth Day 2018 is to End Plastic Pollution. From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet.
Use this toolkit to organize your own environmental teach-in in any local community –universities, houses of worship, community organizations, and more. Reach out to your neighbors. Register your event. Tell the press.