What is Earth Day?

Earth Day is a celebration of our environment held each year on April 22. The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970.

Each Earth Day, environmentalists and citizens from around the world participate in events to raise awareness about environmental issues like global warming, pollution, and biodiversity loss (or reduction in the variety of plants and animals). It is a day to reflect, celebrate Earth, and take action to create a better, more sustainable world.

More than 1 billion people now participate in some form of Earth Day activity, such as protests, educational activities, or tree planting.

View this video on the history of how the first Earth Day came to be:

Video credit: PBS Wisconsin Education

Earth Day 2024: Planet vs. Plastics

The theme this year is Planet vs. Plastics. Plastics are useful and durable materials, but in just 100 years they have permeated our planet from sea to sky.

Over the coming months we will explore our plastic footprint, look into alternative materials, and identify practical solutions that kids, families, and communities can carry out together to reduce plastic pollution.

Earth Day 2024 reduce plastics
Earth Day 2024 reduce plastics

Take action every day!

Beyond Earth Day: Caring for our environment is something we can do every day. Individuals can make a difference. And collectively (together), we have the power to create a brighter future for our planet.

10 ways kids can help the environment

a sign in front of a forest

What do we do with our stuff when we’re done with it?

drawing of a hippo recycling and composting

Earth Things To-Do List