Earth Day 2017 is on April 22nd. The focus for 2017 is environmental and climate literacy. The mission of this day has always been to encourage environmental awareness by promoting a healthy and sustainable environment, addressing climate change, and educating the public in protecting Mother Earth for generations to come.
Join us in celebrating with a day of action!
History of Earth Day
Earth Day was founded in 1970 by the Senator of Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson. It was first envisioned as a day to educate people about environmental issues. Since its inception, Earth Day has become a globally recognized event. It started as a “national teach-in on the environment” in hopes to raise public awareness of air and water pollution. Nelson wanted to push environmental issues to the front of the nation’s minds.
March for Science 2017
For Earth Day 2017, the Earth Day Network and the March for Science are organizing a rally and a teach-in to be held in Washington, D.C. The March for Science defends our air and water, conserves our planet and saves lives with medical treatments, and they feel that science and scientists have a large role to play in protecting the environment and supporting communities.
The March for Science is an unprecedented global gathering of scientists and science enthusiasts joining together to acknowledge the vital role science plays in our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world. Their mission is to unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.
This is why they will be joining forces with the Earth Day Network in 2017.
Ways to Get Involved
If you’re not going to be in Washington D.C on April the 22nd, there are still many things you can do to support Earth Day 2017. You can:
- Register your own Earth Day event. Have a community group you can mobilize in your neighborhood? This may be a great opportunity to encourage participation and promote earth-friendly activities like litter clean-up, composting classes or other education workshops.
- Donate to the Earth Day Network for greening our schools.
- Donate to plant trees.
- Donate to March for Science.
- Walk in the March for Science.
- Donate to The FruitGuys Community Fund to support local, independent farms all across the U.S.
Check out the Earth Day 2017 campaigns and gather with your community this April 22nd for an Environmental & Climate Literacy project focused on education. Join the movement!