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Wilmington Earth Day

2019: "Change Your Actions, Change the Planet."

Join us for Wilmington's Earth Day celebration on April 27, 2019!

We as a people are key to generating a future of environmentally literate citizens that are more respectful of natural resources Mother Earth Provides.This year's theme was selected to remind us of our deep rooted connection to our planet and to encourage people in our community to get back to those roots. With a close relationship to the land, knowledge of what our planet provides us, and close relationships to the people in our communities, we can promote a sustainable future which takes care of and respects our environment and people.Contact Us if you’d like to share how you’re incorporating this theme into YOUR world!

Wilmington Earth Day

Wilmington's Earth Day

Wilmington's Earth Day theme for 2010: REDUCE


About Earth Day's National History

It's all about enviornmental education and how every person can make a difference.

Earth Day was created in 1970 to promote environmental awareness and to encourage progressive action around the world. It is officially celebrated on April 22, although individual communities around the world host celebrations throughout the month of April. Wilmington, North Carolina celebrates on or around the third Saturday of April annually. For specific dates and information, please visit this year's celebration page.

Earth Day's founder Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin at the time, proposed this first nationwide environmental protest "to shake up the political establishment and force this issue onto the national agenda." "It was a gamble," he recalls, "but it worked."

That first year, approximately 20 million people throughout America celebrated. By 1990, 200 million people in 141 countries participated in Earth Day. As awareness and concerns spread, so did the participation in this annual celebration. In the year 2000, 184 countries and hundreds of milliions of people were on board.

Do You Remember 1970 & First Earth Day?

In addition to 1970 being the first year our communities united to celebrate our planet and begin this modern enviromental movement now known as Earth Day — it was a noteworthy year in many ways.

• The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22
• The Kent State shootings shocked the nation
• Simon & Garfunkel released "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
• Richard Nixon was President
• The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began
• The Concord made it's first supersonic flight
• The average cost of a new house was $23,450
• The Beatles' recorded their last album
• Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin both died
• ...and the meltdown of fuel rods in the Savannah River nuclear plant near Aiken, South Carolina — an incident not acknowledged for 18 years.

How Will You Participate?

There are a lot of ways to get involved. Some people choose Earth Day as the beginning of their commitment to our planet by starting to recycle, grow a garden, or even walk (instead of drive) to work. Current and previous Earth Day themes for Wilmington have been:

• 2019: “Change Your Actions, Change the Planet.”
• 2018: “rECOnnect”
• 2017: “Building a Better World”
• 2016: “Healthy Earth, Healthy People”
• 2015: “Life Starts From The Ground Up”
• 2014: “Clean Water Starts Here”
• 2013: “The World is Your Oyster...”
• 2012: “Cooperate - Connect - Protect”
• 2011: “Clear the Air”
• 2010: “Reduce”
• 2009: “How Do You Get Around”
• 2008: “Trees Please”

Now's the time to change a habit and invest in the Earth's future. Do something nice for the Earth, and our Earth will return the favor.

For more information on the worldwide Earth Day celebration, we encourage you to visit one of these websites:

Earth Day Network

Earth Day (U.S. Government)

Environmental Protection Agency

United Nations International Year of Cooperatives




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