Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22 in over 190 countries around the world. It’s followed closely by Arbor Day, which falls on the last Friday in April.
Earth Day is an annual event that aims to raise environmental awareness and inspire action towards environmental protection to address global challenges. Some of the event's key focus areas include climate action, environmental education, social impact, pollution, global warming, conservation and restoration. Common ways to celebrate earth day include community gatherings to clean up litter, volunteer tree planting events, street protests and demonstrations, or even taking simple steps to fight climate change, such as reducing waste, rethinking your energy consumption and recycling.
When was the first Earth Day? The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 in the United States. More than 50 years ago, an impressive 20 million Americans, approximately 10% of the population at the time, ventured outdoors and protested alarming environmental issues. Notably the protests raised awareness on topic areas such as deforestation, oil spills, toxic drinking water, air pollution, and the effects of pesticides.
In 1990, Earth Day was transformed into an international event in over 141 nations around the world. On the 2016 Earth Day, the well-known Paris Climate Agreement was signed. On the 2020 Earth Day, which marked the 50th anniversary of the international Earth Day, it is estimated that over 100 million people in 193 countries were digitally mobilized to take action, making commitments on a broad range of environmental problems, such as climate change, plastic pollution, renewable energy and many others.
Use your voice and platforms to share your love for earth, the environment and trees with the world. You can access our social-media friendly shareables page for ideas.
Start your own own fundraising campaign and share it with friends and family. Not only will you be advocating for the importance of trees, you'll be raising money for a project with an impact area that means the most to you!
Looking to get your hands in the dirt? Attend a local tree planting event organized by One Tree Planted and spend a day caring for or planting trees at an event close to home with your friends and family and give back to the trees in your community.