Earth Day 2011
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Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and learn ways to make a better planet for fish, wildlife and their habitat.

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.

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

Featured Highlights

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The Climate of Conservation in America: 50 Stories in 50 States
Starting this Earth Day, April 22, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will launch a series of 50 stories for 50 consecutive weekdays that will explore the many ways accelerating climate change is impacting or may impact fish and wildlife across America.
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Comment on a Renewed Vision for the Refuge System by Earth Day
The National Wildlife Refuge System is seeking public comment by Earth Day, April 22, as part of "Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation," a vision process that will guide management of America's wildlife refuges for the next decade.
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President Barack Obama
President Obama and Earth Day
President Obama released a video calling on all Americans to help make their communities greener and healthier as part of celebrating the 41th Anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, 2011.
See the video >>

Last updated: April 22, 2011
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