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 Congress act to protect the environment. Ultimately, this activism led to the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and other groundbreaking legislative accomplishments.

This Earth Day we are returning to this strategy of the first Earth Day in 1970: Teach-Ins.

The theme for Earth Day 2017 is climate and environmental literacy.  Earth Day Network is launching the ambitious goal of achieving global climate and environmental literacy by Earth Day 2020 and supporting coordinated teach-ins on the National Mall and around the world to help achieve our goal. At these teach-ins, global citizens will gather to learn about local environmental issues and develop the civic engagement techniques necessary to take action.

Earth Day Network knows that grassroots activism through a teach-in is the one of the best ways to build a world literate in environmental issues including climate change and comprehensive civic action.

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.

Join us also this Earth Day on the National Mall in Washington, DC for the March for Science rally, march and teach-in. Make sure your voice is heard and sign up today!