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Today is Earth Day!
The Earth Day Network was founded in 1993 with a goal of creating an
international network dedicated to supporting grassroots Earth Day
organizing. Earth Day New York and San Diego Earth Day kept the
fledgling entity going for a number of years but ultimately invited
Denis Hayes to become chairman of the organization in time for Earth Day
2000. Under Denis’ leadership the Network organized the world-wide
events for the 30th Anniversary and has grown into an established
Washington, DC-based organization that promotes environmental activism
and year-round progressive action, domestically and internationally.
Earth Day Network members include NGOs, quasi-governmental agencies,
local governments, activists, and others. Earth Day Network members
focus on environmental education; local, national, and global policies;
public environmental campaigns; and organizing national and local earth
day events to promote activism and environmental protection. The
international network reaches more than 25,000 organizations in 192
countries, while the domestic program engages 10,000 groups and more
than 100,000 educators coordinating millions of community development
and environmental-protection activities throughout the year.
In observance of the 40th anniversary of the April 22 Earth Day,
Earth Day Network created multiple global initiatives, ranging from a
Global Day of Conversation with mayors worldwide, focusing on bringing
green investment and building a green economy; Athletes for the Earth
Campaign that brings Olympic, professional, and every day athletes'
voices to help promote a solution to climate change; a Billion Acts of
Green Campaign which will aggregate the millions of environmental
service commitments that individuals and organizations around the world
make each year;
to Artist for the Earth, a campaign the involves hundreds of arts
institutions and artists worldwide to create environmental awareness.
EDN mobilized 1.5 billion people in 190 countries to participate in
these global events and programs, and helped create Earth Day