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#earthday Happy Earth Day 2009: The Green Generation

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Earth Day 2009, April 22, will mark the beginning of The Green Generation CampaignTM which will also be the focus of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2010. With negotiations for a new global climate agreement coming up in December, Earth Day 2009 must be a day of action and civic participation, to defend The Green GenerationTM’s core principles: Family with windmills: Renewable energy for future generations.

  • A carbon-free future based on renewable energy that will end our common dependency on fossil fuels, including coal.
  • An individual’s commitment to responsible, sustainable consumption.
  • Creation of a new green economy that lifts people out of poverty by creating millions of quality green jobs and transforms the global education system into a green one.

Join The Flaming Lips, moe. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, and more for Earth Day on the National Mall!

Under the umbrella of The Green GenerationTM, thousands of events are currently being planned in schools, communities, villages, towns and cities around the world. As in 2008, on April 19th Earth Day Network will celebrate Earth Day on the National Mall in Washington, DC, plus large-scale volunteer events in New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Denver, Austin, Atlanta, and DC in partnership with Green Apple Festival. We want to make Earth Day a time for meaningful change, so sign up to restore and give back to the community! And after you’re done giving back, celebrate with a free “thank you” concert for all our volunteers!

Our partners in Cleveland, Columbus, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Beijing, and Manila, among others, are planning large events where everyone can participate. Find an event or activity near you!

Start planning your event NOW!

With Earth Day, April 22, around the corner here’s how you can get the ball rolling for your Earth Day event:

Poster: Earth Day 2009 official poster

  1. Read our new and updated Organizer’s Guide: Find great ideas for events, learn fundraising and media outreach tips and much more!
  2. Check out Earth Day in a Box for additional resources, such as flyers and fact sheets that you can download for free and distribute at your event.
  3. Register your event in our Global Event Registry. This will allow people in your area to find your event and attend, and it’s a great FREE source of publicity!
  4. Check out our e-store for Earth Day 2009 merchandise. For discounted bulk rates, contact
  5. Talk to us! We want to hear from you. Send us your pictures and videos! Then we’ll select the best of them and post them on our site so they can be inspiration to other Earth Day organizers.

Earth Day on Campus

Where better to start the Green Generation than on campuses across the globe?

Earth Day on Campus: More than 1200 campus eventsWith Earth Day on Campus 2009, the most environmentally-aware generation will lead the way in introducing the Green Generation campaign to the world at thousands of schools across the US. In these truly exciting times, college campuses must honor their traditional role as a hot bed for political and social change. Now is your chance to join the Green Generation, and point your school, community, and country in the right direction for our collective future!

Earth Day Network Partners with National Environmental Education Week - April 12-18, 2009

Kids with jar: Environmental education for our childrenEarth Day Network is proud to partner with National Environmental Education Week (EE Week), which annually promotes understanding and protection of the natural world by actively engaging K-12th grade students and educators of all subjects in an inspired week of environmental learning and service before Earth Day. This year's EE Week theme is Be Water Wise! Registered partners will receive a certificate and have access to a wide variety of FREE environmental education resources, including a school water auditing tool, water quality monitoring resources, and water-themed lesson plans designed by Earth Day Network. Register today!

Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau opens internationally on Earth Day 2009

Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau is a two act, four character play reflects a conversation between Thoreau and Emerson set during the final two days Thoreau spent in his cabin before leaving Walden Pond. Over 7,100 colleges and schools have already performed the play. On Earth Day, April 22, 2009, the play will be broadcast nationwide on public TV, public radio, movie theaters and through Earth Day TV. Earth Day Network and the producers of the play have created lesson plans that make Walden a perfect educational tool.

Learn more about Thoreau with Earth Day Network’s virtual tour of the Walden Pond.