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ACS, Earth Day Network strengthen partnership for Earth Day’s 50th anniversary

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2020 — On April 22, Earth Day 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of the world’s largest environmental movement, and the American Chemical Society (ACS) is a proud partner for this milestone event.

Officially recognized for the first time on April 22, 1970, Earth Day serves as a way to demonstrate support for a healthy environment, raise awareness about environmental issues and emphasize humanity’s contribution to a sustainable planet.

Earth Day Network and ACS share common goals and objectives with regard to conserving, protecting, enhancing and supporting nature and natural resources and contributing to the fight against climate change worldwide. In July 2019, ACS and Earth Day Network signed a three-year agreement to work together to advance these shared goals.

“To celebrate this milestone anniversary of Earth Day, the American Chemical Society is pleased to strengthen our partnership with the Earth Day Network and promote our shared goal of a healthy planet, which aligns with the ACS mission of ‘advancing the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people,’” says ACS CEO Thomas Connelly Jr, Ph.D.

Together, ACS and Earth Day Network are creating resources and programs to support ACS’ Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW), a public awareness initiative. Held annually during the same week as Earth Day, CCEW brings ACS members and chemistry enthusiasts together to celebrate and communicate the positive role that chemistry plays in the world. CCEW 2020 will take place April 19-25, celebrating the theme Protecting the Planet through Chemistry.” Resources for CCEW will be available on Feb. 1.

Through CCEW’s community service events and with Earth Day Network and its partners across the globe, ACS is helping build Earth’s largest cleanup crew. To learn more about the partnership and how to participate in the Great Global Cleanup by hosting an ACS-sponsored cleanup in your area, visit

Earth Day Network is a non-profit organization whose mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with close to 100,000 partners in nearly 192 countries to build environmental democracy. For more information, visit

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. ACS’ mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people. The Society is a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple research solutions, peer-reviewed journals, scientific conferences, eBooks and weekly news periodical Chemical & Engineering News. ACS journals are among the most cited, most trusted and most read within the scientific literature; however, ACS itself does not conduct chemical research. As a specialist in scientific information solutions (including SciFinder® and STN®), its CAS division powers global research, discovery and innovation. ACS’ main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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