Earth Day FAQs

When is Earth Day celebrated?

Earth Day is celebrated around the world on April 22, although larger events such as festivals and rallies are often organized for the weekends before or after April 22. Many communities also celebrate Earth Week or Earth Month by organizing a series of environmental activities throughout the month of April.

Why Earth Day?

Earth Day broadens the base of support for environmental programs, rekindles public commitment and builds community activism around the world through a broad range of events and activities.

What can I do for Earth Day?

Since the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, Earth Day has been an annual event for people around the world to celebrate the earth and renew our commitment to building a safer, healthier and cleaner world for all of us. There are many ways you can get involved. Volunteer. Go to a festival. Install solar panels on your roof. Organize an event where you live. Change a habit. Help launch a community garden. Communicate your priorities to your elected representatives. The possibilities are endless! Do something nice for the earth, have fun, meet new people, and make a difference.

And you needn’t wait for April 22 to help out the Earth. Earth Day is every day — to build a better future for the environment we must commit to protect our environment on a year-round basis. You’ll find many ways to get involved in the Programs and Events section of the Earth Day website.

What is Earth Day Network?

Founded by the organizers of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network (EDN) promotes environmental citizenship and year round progressive action worldwide. Earth Day Network is a driving force steering environmental awareness around the world. Through Earth Day Network, activists connect, interact, and impact their communities, and create positive change in local, national, and global policies. EDN’s international network reaches over 15,000 organizations in 174 countries, while the domestic program keeps over 5,000 groups and over 100,000 educators coordinating millions of community development and environmental protection activities throughout the year. As a result, Earth Day is the only event celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. More than a billion people participate in our campaigns every year.

I’m interested in organizing an event. Where do I begin?

Visit their online Resources section for all sorts of organizing tips if you are new to putting events together. If you aren’t sure what sort of project you would like to do, check out the site’s events. Adapt the ideas you see on the calendar for your country, political climate, and environmental and social needs. If you are organizing an event, Register Your Event in our calendar so that we can share it with the world.

Who is responsible for Earth Day?

Earth Day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin and organized by Denis Hayes in 1970. Click on their names to find out more.