In the Toolkit --

Introduction

  • Guide to the Toolkit
  • Leagues in Action
  • I. Choosing a Role for Your League

    II. Grassroots Action Priorities

  • Climate Action
  • Price on Carbon
  • Our Children's Trust
  • Energy Efficient Buildings
  • Renewable Energy
  • Adapting to Climate Change
  • III. Basics of Climate Change

    IV. Engaging Individuals

  • Communicating About Climate Change
  • Preparing for a Meeting on Climate Change
  • Engaging Groups in Your Community
  • V. Promoting Public Policy

  • Community Action Models
  • Organizing For Community Action
  • Tips for Building Grassroots Support
  • League Action on Climate Change
  • International Action
  • VI. Resources

    Earth Day -- April 22: Help Save Our Planet

    The first Earth Day -- April 22, 1970 -- is considered by many to be the start of the modern environmental movement. Millions of Americans turned out that day to protest environmental degradation and to demonstrate on behalf of a cleaner, healthier environment. By the end of the year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had been established and Congress had passed the Clean Air Act.

    Earth Day is now observed each year on April 22 by more than one billion people in over 175 countries. On Earth Day's 40th anniversary in 2010, the Earth Day Network launched a campaign to register A Billion Acts of Green in advance of the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development -- Rio+20 -- in June 2012. That goal was reached two months early, on April 22, Earth Day 2012. The network is carrying that momentum forward, working to reach 3 Billion Acts of Green, and initiating a series of focused campaigns to inspire targeted action. Campaigns include such initiatives as Green Schools, Protecting Endangered Species, Reforestation, Green Cities, and Campaign for Communities. 

    Make plans now for your League to celebrate Earth Day. Perhaps your League has taken part in Earth Day events in the past and is already in touch with community partners about plans for this year. If not, start by reaching out to other like-minded organizations to see what ideas they may have. Student groups have traditionally been eager participants in Earth Day celebrations.

    A Few Ideas for Earth Day

    Resources

    Last updated: 5/29/2016