The Theme for Earth Day 2023 is: INVEST IN OUR PLANET
Get Inspired. Take Action. Be a part of the green revolution.
For Earth Day 2023, we need to act boldly, innovate broadly, and implement equitably. Businesses, governments, and citizens — everyone accounted for, and everyone accountable. A partnership for the planet.
Since 1962, when the book Silent Spring became a best seller, Americans have been more aware of the danger and life-threatening results of our actions in the use of pesticides and the enormous amount of waste products and pollutants that are pumped into the air and our lands. Our planet has endured Oil spills, toxic leaks, pollutants, overbuilding, and overpopulation with resources being exhausted.
Things have escalated, and people are becoming inspired to do something to make a change, yet bureaucracy and political gain have created even more of a hardship in keeping our planet safe.
1980, Gaylor Nelson, the founder of Earth Day, wrote in the EPA Journal, "It was on that day that Americans made it clear that they understood and were deeply concerned over the deterioration of our environment and the mindless dissipation of our resources. That day left a permanent impact on the politics of America. ... In short, Earth Day launched the Environmental decade with a bang.”
See full speech https://archive.epa.gov/epa/aboutepa/earth-day-70-what-it-meant.html
Nelson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1995 for his role as the founder of Earth Day.
Earth Day was the push the nation needed. Congress passed at least six major initiatives that would become the foundation of our nation’s environmental laws.
Earth Day 2000, 30 years later, sent world leaders a loud and clear message: Citizens around the world wanted quick and decisive action on global warming and clean energy.
In 2010, more than one billion people took action for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
2020, For the 50th anniversary, on the Earth Day Network,
tens of millions of people across 193 countries participated in one of the largest online mass mobilizations in history.
More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
What are you doing to celebrate and support Earth Day 2023?