Earth Day is an annual event that celebrates the plant’s environment and raises awareness about pollution.

Below you’ll find information about how Earth Day started, facts about pollution, ways to reduce waste and Earth Day events.

Read: Recycling Is In Trouble And You May Be Part Of The Problem

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. It originated in the U.S. during a grassroots movement and was proposed by late Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin who died in 2005. On the very first Earth Day 20 million people gathered in the streets of America to demonstrate for environmental causes. In 1970, congress creates the Environmental Protection Agency and passes the Clean Air Act.

Facts from the

  • Americans buy more than 29 million bottles of water every year. Only 13% of these bottles are recycled every year.
  • The garbage dumped in the ocean every year is roughly around 14 billion pounds.
  • Every year around one trillion gallons of untreated sewage and industrial waste is dumped in the U.S water.



You can help cut down on food waste by composting. Check out how to start and indoor or outdoor compost by checking out: EPA: Composting At Home Guide


Here’s a list of common items you can recycle at home and other recycling information to help reduce waste.

Check out: Items To Recycle

Reduce And Reuse

Tips on how to reduce waste and reuse items. Tips also include how to save money by knowing what to look for when shopping to reduce wasted materials. 

Check out: Reduce And Reuse 

Reduce Energy Waste 

Information on making changes at home to reduce energy and save money! 

Check out: Energy Star 


NC Zoo Earth Day Fun
What: The NC Zoo will host several events on Earth Day to raise awareness about recycling and the environment. The zoo also plans to give away free dogwood saplings while supplies last. There will also be live entertainment, food, character greets and more.

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GETTING INVOLVED: Area organizations and businesses will be on hand to discuss their green initiatives. Keep Randolph County Beautiful, a local non-profit group, and Dart Container Corporation, a global leader in foam recycling, will be at the Zoo to discuss recycling and conservation practices and how guests can be more green at home and in their communities.

• YIPPEE! FREE TREE FOR ME!: The Zoo will host a tree giveaway, distributing free dogwood saplings (from 1-5 p.m., while supplies last) to guests. Once planted, these native trees not only will beautify the landscape, but also help reduce the overall carbon footprint.

• FUTURE ARBORISTS: Expert arborists will be on hand at the Zoo to help young guests understand the importance of maintaining a tree’s health. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., arborists will assist children into safety harnesses and supervise a short tree climb as they tell them about their day-to-day work in maintaining our wooded friends in the forest.

• “RHINO WHAT’S FUN TO DO…BOWLING!” “Bowling for Rhinos,” a national fund raiser by the American Association of Zoo Keepers’ (AAZK), will have a mini-bowling game set up (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) at the Watani Loop in the Africa section of the Zoo. For a donation, guests can take a turn at mini-bowling, with 100 percent benefitting rhino habitats in Africa and Asia.

Earth Day Fair
What: The Piedmont Environmental Alliance will host a free Earth Day Fair this weekend. The event includes live entertainment, hands-on activities for all ages, live debate, a children’s corner, crafts, yoga, arts and crafts, water play and much more!
When: Earth Day, Saturday, April 22
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Rain or Shine!
Where: Winston-Salem Fairgrounds
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Maker Faire
What: Maker Faire Burlington will feature amazing makers and their projects from all over NC. Exhibiting makers include school groups, universities, makerspaces, small businesses, inventors, entrepreneurs, and crafts people. It also includes World of Steampunk, Musical Circuits, Alamance Co. Beekeepers, 105tth Squad Cosplayers, and Plan B Robotics.
When: Earth Day, Saturday, April 22
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Rain or Shine!
Where: Holly Hill Mall in Burlington
More Details: Maker Faire

Earth Day Fundraiser
What: Live music, games, silent auction, food and so much more! Earth Day event will help raise money for clean water in North Carolina.
When: Earth Day, Saturday, April 22
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Jade Aveda Salon – the Courtyard at the Shoppes at Friendly Center
More Details: Jade Aveda Salon

Earth Day Fundraiser
What: Giant Bubble Soccer Event to help raise money to build a well in Africa as part of a student Interact service club project.
When: Earth Day, Saturday, April 22
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: 1130 North Main Street in Kernersville