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Earth Day

April 22nd (every year, same date) is Earth day! According to, "Earth Day is a time to celebrate gains we have made and create new visions to accelerate environmental progress. Earth Day is a time to unite around new actions. Earth Day and every day is a time to act to protect our planet."

Earth Day, which began in 1970, is now celebrated by millions of people worldwide. Now going on 50 years around the world, hundreds of thousands of nongovernmental organizations, governments, teachers, and faith-based groups, among others, are making plans to declare that they are part of something extraordinary: a worldwide movement to protect our planet.

Every Earth Day, hundreds of events take place around the world, in communities large and small, in classrooms, in parks and on beaches, in places of worship. It is truly a global effort to protect the planet and save it for our children's future.

Each year on April 22, Americans recognize how far we've come... and what still needs to be done.
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Find local Earth Day events here.

Other Earth Day events here!

At Home
Save energy
Use less water
More ...

In Your Classroom
For teachers and students
Learn about issues
Try some games
Do activities
More ...

At Work
Commute smart
Use green buildings
Reduce energy use


Earth Team Volunteers
The Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service needs people 14 and older to help reduce soil loss, protect water supplies, and more.

Forest Service Volunteer
Volunteers are the heartbeat of the USDA Forest Service. Your talents and skills are matched with your work preference to satisfy you and fulfill the mission of the Forest Service.

Take Pride in America
Help maintain our natural, cultural and historic resources on public lands.

More volunteer opportunities

Learn What You Can Do

At Home
Save energy and water, recycle and reduce waste, more

In Your Community
Clean the air, save gasoline, keep water clean, more

In Your Classroom
Environmental Kids Club, student center, high school, teaching center, more

Learn about EPA's environmental progress
For more than 30 years, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

In addition to what you find here, check out the U.S. government's Earth Day portal,, and other governmental Earth Day sites.

Join Others

Participate in events listed at the Earth Day Network
or volunteer!