• Jace Shoemaker-Galloway

International Earth Day

March 20 is International Earth Day, an annual event celebrated on the Vernal Equinox.

While Earth Day is celebrated in April in the United States, the “original Earth Day” is observed internationally. Despite location, age, religion or culture, International Earth Day serves as an important reminder to all people around the globe about the plight of our planet. The “holiday” raises awareness about the various environmental concerns our planet faces and brings attention to its original purpose – peace, justice and the care of the Earth.”

First observed on March 21, 1970, the event was officially recognized when the Secretary General of the United Nations and other well-known celebrities and world leaders, signed the proclamation written by the founder of International Earth Day, John McConnell.

Participate in International Earth Day

  • Unplug appliances when not in use.

  • Turn off the lights!

  • Learn more about recycling from Planet Pals.

  • Start a recycling program at your school or in your neighborhood.

  • Organize or take part in a city-clean up event.

  • Plant a tree - or two or three.

  • Make a Papier Mache Globe from Enchanted Learning.

  • The Bug Hunt - Find all the bugs before you run out of time.

  • Speaking of bugs, play this online game by NIEHS and Zap those Red Bugs.

  • Instead of driving everywhere, find out how you can pollute less with this online game, Errand Run.

  • Play Michael, Michael Go Recycle - a fun online game.

  • My Planet Earth - Make this cool planet out of melted crayons.

  • Sweet Gum Pod Mouse - This adorable craft project is too cute!

Enjoy! Today is also Proposal Day! Learn how to pop the question and put a ring on it!