Earth Day History

Did you know that Philadelphia was the first city to host an Earth Week? In 1970, Philadelphians celebrated from April 16 to April 22. The largest gatherings that week happened on Independence Mall on April 21 and Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park on April 22. Tens of thousands of people showed up to express their desire for greater protections for people and the environment. Overall, 20 million people across the United States participated in the inaugural Earth Day. They organized sit-ins and other demonstrations, held educational teach-ins, carried out community improvement projects, and more.

This year we are celebrating Earth Week differently but that does not mean it can’t be as impactful! Read below for a list of activities, virtual events, and resources, including the launch of our 2020 Greenworks Review magazine.


Virtual Events

Check out the OOS Calendar or Grid Magazine for more virtual events!