Earth Day 2020
Celebrating 50 Years of Environmental Awareness and Conservation
By America's Charities on April 23, 2020
Earth Day is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020!
50 years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not exist, which meant there was no Clean Air Act, no Clean Water Act, and no legal regulatory mechanism to protect our environment. That all changed in April 1970 when Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to force this issue onto the national agenda. Twenty million Americans demonstrated in different U.S. cities -- and it worked. In December 1970, Congress authorized the creation of the EPA, a new federal agency to tackle environmental issues. Now, each year on April 22, people all around the world come together on Earth Day to celebrate the planet's environment and raise public awareness about pollution.
This year, as we face the global coronavirus pandemic, it is abundantly clear just how precious this planet and its people are - and how imperative it is that we protect each other and preserve our natural resources. We hope that wherever you are while reading this, you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. We appreciate your support in building a better future this Earth Day.
In honor of #EarthDay, America's Charities is celebrating the following agents of change who we are proud to call our members:
- The Conservation Fund: The Conservation Fund strives to protect our nation’s land, water, and wildlife by finding positive, lasting solutions to conserve these precious resources and species, and to achieve environmental and economic outcomes. This year, the Conservation Fund notes, is much different from the preceding 49as people around the world fight to protect human health and maintain the durability of economies. "Now more than ever we should reflect on just how important our Earth is, not only for the health and wellbeing of humankind, but for our resiliency and ability to endure challenges." Learn the three ways nature has supported us through crises -- and ways you can support it back.
- Feeding America: Many people think of ending hunger, especially by those impacted by COVID-19, when they think of Feeding America - and they would be right. However, Feeding America is also an important ally in the work to end food waste. Every year, 197 million pounds of food goes into landfills every single day. That's 72 billion pounds of food, or $218 billion, thrown away every year, while 37 million Americans struggle with hunger. Feeding America and its partner network rescues food every day -- to the tune of 3.6 billion pounds of food just last year. Learn how you can fight food waste in your own kitchen and play Waste It or Taste It to test your food waste knowledge; General Mills will donate $1 for every completed quiz.
- Lions Clubs International Foundation: From recycling programs to ensuring all areas have access to clean water, Lions Club International Foundation is working hard to keep Earth in its best condition. For example, Lions can be found on the front lines of local recycling projects all around the world, reclaiming everything from scrap metal and old newspapers to medical devices and used cell phones. That’s why they are dedicated to helping Lions take on large-scale projects that will create a sustainable and healthy future for generations to come. They have launched Campaign 100: Empowering Service, which will provide resources to expand Lion’s commitment to our communities and build sustainable, long-term environmental programs. From recycling programs to ensuring all areas have access to clean water, we’re working hard to keep the earth in its best condition. Learn more about their environmental focus.
- Population Connection: Each year, the world population grows by nearly 80 million people. Through Population Connection's programs, events, and member advocacy efforts, they work to increase awareness about the many environmental and social implications of rapid population growth. They invite you to join their Earth Day Matching Gift Challenge. Long-time member and educator JoAnne Miller will double all gifts up to $6,000 in memory of her husband, Lincoln Miller. Together, the Millers joined Population Connection in 1970 and used PopEd materials in their classrooms for many years. Don’t miss this opportunity to double the impact of your support on our education and advocacy programs—and ensure a more sustainable future for us all.
- Rails-to-Trails Conservancy: Since 1986, Rails-to-Trails has worked from coast to coast, supporting the development of thousands of miles of rail-trails for millions to explore and enjoy, and to build healthier places for healthier people. Their 2020 spring trail season kicked off on April 18 with an unprecedented spike in trail usage, in large part because of the way COVID-19 has altered American life. Check out their coronavirus page for information about ways to be physically active while maintaining social distances. In honor of Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary this year, learn more about four rail-trails with a transformative Cinderella story, going from industrial dumping grounds to beloved community assets. "Largely powered by citizen activism, the environmental recovery of these tarnished areas has given them new life as valuable transportation corridors, flourishing habitat for wildlife and scenic places for recreation."
How to Join Us for Earth Day 2020:
Engage with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn and let us know you are celebrating Earth Day this year while social distancing. Be sure to include the hashtag #EarthDay in your posts to join the global conversation online.
Subscribe to our CSR Newsletter as we share how our members’ programs protect our environment and communities around the world.
- Donate & raise money for these nonprofits. America's Charities is proud of our member charities' work on behalf of ecosystems, people, and communities all over the planet. One of the most cost-efficient ways you can support these nonprofits is to donate to them via payroll deduction through your employer's workplace giving program (Don't have a program? Click here to have your employer contact our team.) Click on each charity's name above to learn more about their work, and to make a donation now!