Earth Day will be celebrated by millions in the US, Canada, and around the world on Wednesday, April
22, 2020 - marking its landmark 50th anniversary.
Earth Day 2020
The theme for this year's observance is "Demand for Climate Action".
This year, as the effects of worldwide climate change are increasingly becoming evident, several initiatives have been planned for Earth Day's 50th annivesary.
These include :
Vote Earth -- calls for citizens, particularly young and first-time voters, to examine the environmental platforms of their candidates, demanding that they have convincing long-term plans for protecting our planet.
Great Global Cleanup -- capitlizes on the social media craze for photographing efforts to cleanup local neighborhoods.
Through a unified campaign including mobile registration, digital mapping and social media, the Great Global Cleanup will connect partners and participants around the globe to remove billions of pieces of trash from green spaces, urban communities, and waterways.
Billion Acts of Green will also see a relaunch in 2020, this time with a goal of of 3.5 billion actions taken and logged around the world -- including (but not limited to) tree planting, reducing plastic usage, banning pesticides in the home garden, or personal actions to Create Your Own Act of Green.
Earth Day 2020 calls for more climate change-concious decisions by political leaders, as well as
individual actions to help clean up the environment and to reduce the effects of global warming.
All about Earth Day
The idea behind the day - honoring the planet and all living things that inhabit it - originated with the early 1960's hippie era. That's when Earth Day bloomed into a grass roots movement that resulted in the first official U.S. observance of Earth Day, celebrated in 1970.
Today, many cities extend Earth Day celebrations for an entire week to increase awareness of recycling and better energy efficient communities.
Just up ahead, discover detailed information about what else happens on the big day - with fun facts, quotes, ideas for student projects, coloring pages, crafts ideas, information and history, as well as environmental events & festivities, celebrations & activities across the US and Canada ...
DID YOU KNOW? Earth Day fun facts
• Exceeding all expectations, 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day observance in 1970. Celebrations effectively stopped traffic in New York City when 20,000 people packed Union Square to see Hollywood actor Paul Newman and hear a speech by New York City Mayor John Lindsay, who arrived on an electric bus.
• Today, Earth Day is the largest secular holiday in the world, with more than 500 million people taking part in 174 countries around the world.
• Google has celebrated Earth day with animated doodles on its home page since 2001.
Quotes for Earth Day
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. - Margaret Mead
"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." -- Native American Proverb
"What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?
-- Henry David Thoreau
"Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them." — Bill Vaughan
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." -- Margaret Mead
"Until a man duplicates a blade of grass, Nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favorable comparison with the products of Nature, the living cell of a plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life." -- Thomas Alva Edison
Earth Day Network - The whole earth catalog of regional sites around the globe with the latest news, listings of events, feature stories, online quizzes, factoids, feature stories, teaching resources.
Pals - Kid-friendly community with fun facts, activities, and resources for learning more about planet Earth, recycling & conservation, and lots of links to Earth Day information around the Web.
Earth Day - Wikipedia - A good overview on the history of American environmental concerns, the origins of the celebration
plus links to more on international events.