Earth Day 2010
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This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering ways to make a better planet for fish, wildlife and their habitat. Read News Release

Since 1970, Earth Day has been observed around the globe each spring as a day to raise environmental awareness and involve citizens and communities in creating a cleaner, healthier world.

While climate change is perhaps the greatest ecological challenge of our time, Earth Day reminds us that we all can take steps to help protect the environment, which touches the human spirit, contributes to human health and well-being and promotes a healthy economy.

  A young boy enjoys the beauty of a Monarch butterfly. Credit: Ryan Hagerty / USFWS
A young boy enjoys the beauty of a Monarch butterfly. Credit: Ryan Hagerty / USFWS

Earth Day 1970 helped to develop crucial support for some of the most powerful and effective environmental legislation in the United States and abroad.

Unprecedented environmental legislation, such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act were influenced by Earth Day.

This year, take action on Earth Day by checking out our Web pages here featuring eco tips, podcasts and numerous ways to get involved. In addition, you’ll also find a host of fun and meaningful activities taking place around the country at wildlife refuges, fish hatcheries, ecological field stations, as well as partner events in local towns, parks and surrounding areas.

Can’t find an event near you? There’s plenty you can do at home, in your neighborhood and with your families and friends. On the Service’s Earth Day pages, you will find a range of easy to do action items. Plant a tree, remove invasive plants, clean-up a beach...the opportunities are endless!

Get started now and read our 20 eco tips for easy ways you can take action.

After 40 years, Earth Day remains a day to honor our planet and build a healthy environment for future generations.

Featured Highlights
President Barack Obama
President Obama and Earth Day
President Obama released a video encouraging Americans to
get involved in their local community as part of celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, on April 22nd 2010.
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Last updated: April 21, 2010
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