Marking its 47th anniversary on Sunday, April
22, 2018 Earth Day will be celebrated by millions in the US, Canada, and around the world.
The theme for this year's observance is "End Plastic Pollution".
The idea behind the day - honoring the planet and all living things that inhabit it - began during the early 1960's hippie movement, as Earth Day bloomed into a grass roots cause that eventually culminated 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 that culminates with official Earth Day observances on April 22.
In 2018, watch for major campaigns to help get more people involved in support of environmental science and related activities aimed at helping to protect the only planet we've got!
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 Paul Newman and hear a speech by 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
Be the change you wish to see in the world. -- Mahatma Gandhi.
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
"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."
-- Native American Proverb
"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.