"The environment, after all, is where we all meet, where we all have a mutual interest. It is one thing that all of us share. It is not only a mirror of ourselves, but a focusing lens on what we can become." - Lady Bird Johnson
It may be hard to imagine that before 1970, a factory could spew black clouds of toxic smoke into the air or dump tons of toxic waste into a nearby stream, and that was perfectly legal. They could not be taken to court to stop it. How was that possible? Because there was no EPA, no Clean Air Act, no Clean Water Act. There were no legal or regulatory mechanisms to protect our environment. In spring 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to force this issue onto the national agenda. Twenty million Americans demonstrated in different U.S. cities, and it worked! In December 1970, Congress authorized the creation of a new federal agency to tackle environmental issues, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. - EPA
Here is a list to participate in Earth Day events and activities from across the nation while staying home!
Family Oriented Events
National Environmental Education Week - It's National Environmental Education Week (EE Week)! Hosted by NEEF, EE Week the nation's largest celebration of environmental education. On this page, you'll find links to activity guides, educational videos and infographics, citizen science resources, and much more. We realize this is a challenging time for many of us, and we hope you find these resources and activities to be informative, entertaining, and inspiring.
Earth Day LIVE - Join the Greenwich Audubon Center in Connecticut staff for a LIVE online Earth Day celebration! Enjoy Earth Day from wherever you are, as we share nature happenings and highlights, activities you can do at home to help wildlife, and what we love about Earth.
Earth Day at Home - NASA not only studies space and aeronautics, but they also study the Earth too!
EPA - Environmental information and educational resources for remote learning.
Earth Day Challenge Now - Participate in various at-home challenges and projects to learn how to live a greener lifestyle.
Earth Day Live - A three-day livestream, from April 22-24, where millions of people can join activists, celebrities, musicians, and more in an epic moment of community and hope for the future. Hundreds of youth organizers, climate justice activists and frontline communities are also hosting local livestreams for Earth Day.
Earth Day Coloring eBook - Five different volumes that can be colored in digitally or printed out.
10 Earth Day Activities for Families - From How Stuff Works, a list of activities that the whole family can join in to learn earth-friendly practices.
DIY Bird Feeder - Create your own bird feeder to help out your neighborhood birds!
Adult Oriented Events
Cocktails and Conversations - Join Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors for a virtual celebration digitally exploring the Grand Canyon and other activities.
IGNITE YOUR GREEN ON EARTH DAY - VIRTUAL SIP & CONNECT - Join the Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce for a virtual happy hour.