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Earth Day will be celebrated by millions in the US, Canada, and around the world on Monday, April 22, 2019 - marking its 48th anniversary.

Earth Day 2019

The theme for this year's observance is "Save Species".

Since the first year Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, there has been a documented loss of 40% of the world's wild animal population.

Besides the more visibly exotic African animals under threat, bees and other insects responsible for pollinating the world's plant population continue to be decimated by the use of insecticides.

Marine animals have been devastated, with turtles particularly hard hit due to destruction of nesting grounds. Meanwhile, climate change threatens almost 75% of the world's coral reefs.

Under the present administration, the Endangered Species Act is also under threat with plans to lift or soften protections for more than 1,300 endangered or threatened species in the USA.

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Earth Day 2019 raises the alarm on the continued threat on wildlife by
insecticides, habitat loss, overfishing, and climate change.

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.

Come April, major cities in the US and Canada honor Earth Day from coast to coast by hosting civic ceremonies and interactive programs to get everyone involved.

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.

Google Doodles for Earth Day.

• John McConnell was the creator of the first Earth Day Flag. His design was inspired when he saw the first picture of the Earth, later dubbed "The Blue Marble", printed in Life magazine.

• Throughout the 1970's, Earth Day observances eventually led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

• 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

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"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

2019 Earth Day Events & Activities

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More about Earth Day around the Web:

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.

Planet 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.

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