All about Earth Day 2023 

Earth Day 2023 is on Saturday, April 22nd

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22nd to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970 and is now recognized in over 190 countries worldwide. The day is dedicated to raising awareness about environmental issues such as climate change, pollution, and deforestation and encourages individuals and communities to take action to reduce their environmental impact. 

Earth Day 2023 is on Saturday, April 22nd.

Earth Day is on April 22nd because that was the day chosen by the event’s founder, Senator Gaylord Nelson (Wisconsin), when he established the first Earth Day in 1970. Nelson chose this date because it fell between spring break and final exams for most colleges and universities, which meant that it would be an opportune time to engage students in the event. April 22nd also coincided with the birthday of environmental activist and writer Rachel Carson, whose book Silent Spring helped raise public awareness about the harmful effects of pesticides and other environmental pollutants. 

The success of the first Earth Day led to its continued observance on April 22nd each year. In fact, according to, today, Earth Day is widely recognized as the largest secular observance in the world. It is marked by over a billion people every year as a day of action to change human behaviour and create global, national and local policy changes.

There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day. Here are some ideas:

  1. Plant a tree or start a garden: Planting trees and gardens helps create wildlife habitats, improve air quality, and reduce the effects of climate change.
  2. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Reduce your environmental impact by reducing the amount of waste you generate, reusing items whenever possible, and recycling as much as possible.
  3. Clean up litter: Organize or participate in a community clean-up event to remove trash and debris from local parks, beaches, and waterways.
  4. Advocate for the environment: Contact your elected officials to voice your support for policies and legislation that protect the environment, such as clean air and water regulations.
  5. Conserve energy: Turn off lights and unplug electronics when not in use, switch to energy-efficient light bulbs, and consider using alternative transportation such as biking, walking, or public transit.

25 things you can do now to reduce air pollution 

  1. Educate yourself and others: Learn about environmental issues and share your knowledge with others through social media, discussions, and community events.
  2. Support environmental organizations: Donate to or volunteer with organizations that work to protect the environment, such as conservation groups, wildlife sanctuaries, and environmental advocacy organizations.
  3. Reduce your carbon footprint: Your carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases you produce by driving, heating your home, and using electricity. You can reduce your carbon footprint by driving less, using public transportation, carpooling, or walking or biking when possible. You can also make your home more energy-efficient by insulating, sealing air leaks, and using Energy Star-rated appliances.

How to Create a Cleaner & Greener Home

  1. Conserve water: Water conservation is critical, particularly in drought-affected areas. You can conserve water by taking shorter showers, fixing leaks, and using water-efficient appliances.
  2. Reduce plastic use: Plastic pollution is a significant problem worldwide. You can reduce plastic use by using reusable bags, bottles, and containers and avoiding single-use plastics like straws, utensils, and plastic wrap.
  3. Eat sustainably: Eating a plant-based diet or reducing your meat and dairy consumption can significantly reduce your environmental impact. You can also choose to eat locally grown, and in-season produce to reduce the carbon footprint associated with food transport.
  4. Support environmentally responsible businesses: You can support businesses that prioritize environmental sustainability by choosing products made from sustainable materials or from companies that prioritize eco-friendly practices.
  5. Get involved in your community: Joining local environmental groups or participating in local conservation efforts can help you positively impact your community and beyond.

Remember, celebrating Earth Day is not just about one day. It’s about making daily conscious choices to protect the environment and create a sustainable future.

Earth Day organizers have put together several ideas for celebrating Earth Day here.

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