Top 10 Earth Day Events
How to do Earth Day 2023
From Italy to Zimbabwe, here are just some of the major events happening around the globe you should know about this Earth Day
Just as Valentine’s Day nudges us to cherish our loved ones a little more, Earth Day is a reminder to dedicate our time, resources, and energy to solving climate change and other environmental issues.
This 22 April 2023 marks the 53rd anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. The celebration of eco-consciousness takes place in more than 190 countries around the globe and is the most widely observed non-religious holiday in history.
From parties, parades and protests to cleanups, rallies, and teach-ins, there are an endless number of ways to activate in celebration of Earth Day. But remember, every day is Earth Day.
1. The Big One
With the support of more than 70 organisations, including EarthDay.Org, Extinction Rebellion has organised arguably the largest environmental protest of 2023. Starting on the streets of London, 100,000 individuals (about the seating capacity of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum) are expected to march side by side to fight for Parliament to act against the climate crisis. Starting on the Friday, the 21st, individuals will unite to survive by flooding Westminster with a wave of flags and banners. Saturday will be an enormous celebration of individuals united for nature, biodiversity, and the planet, and led by a family-friendly march in honor of Earth Day. To finish the weekend off, The Big One will be joining forces with the London Marathon on Sunday the 23rd to engage with the huge crowds of spectators and completing the four-day event on Monday the 24th by delivering the demand to Parliament to choose a green future.
More info ► The Big One
2. Heaven on Earth Cleanup
Dal Lake, India
Up in the Himalayas is the beautiful state of Jammu and Kashmir (often referred to as ‘Heaven on Earth’). Its major town, Srinagar, has a special attraction for tourists – the iconic ‘Dal Lake.’ Dal Lake is dotted with over a thousand houseboats (shikaras) serving as residences, schools, and markets where you can buy items embroidered with the local crewel and handicrafts crafted out of walnut wood. For years, Earth Day India has helped clean up this major tourist attraction. For Earth Day 2023, a final clean up and special ceremony will take place, declaring the area as an Earth Day Star Village for their dedication to being stewards for the Earth.
More info ► Earth Day Network India
3. The Cape Coral Cleanup
The city of Cape Coral has come a long way in recovering from Hurricane Ian, but there is still much more to be done. This Earth Day, they are focused on building a cleaner and healthier community by tackling the remnants of trash and debris left behind in the wake of the storm. With more than 5,000 volunteers expected to participate, Cape Coral is planning to host the biggest cleanup their city has ever seen in honour of Earth Day.
More info ► City of Cape Coral
4. Village for the Earth (Villaggio per la terra)
Earth Day Italia annually hosts the five-day celebration of World Earth Day in the green heart of Rome between the Pincio Terrace and the Villa Borghese Galoppatoio. Known as the most iconic of all Italian Earth Day celebrations, Village for the Earth consists of over 600 events in collaboration with more than 200 organisations over the course of 21-25 April. These unforgettable five days hold ample opportunities to indulge in entertainment, culture, sport, and environment, with a full schedule of celebrations, institutional meetings, forums, shows, and a village dedicated to children with playful and educational workshops.
More info ► Earth Day Italia
5. Earth Day Jubilee
Heal the Bay Aquarium, California, US
Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of the Greater Los Angeles area safe, healthy, and clean since 1985. For them, every day is this Earth Day, but 22 April is extra special because communities from around the world come together in appreciation for our shared home and work together to help heal our planet. On 22 April, Heal the Bay is hosting their Earth Day Jubilee on the Santa Monica Pier as they celebrate the beauty of our oceans. With indoor and outdoor activities ranging from visits with the aquarium’s most beloved animals and wildlife observation decks to craft stations, short films, and mini dance parties throughout the day, this family-friendly Earth Day event is a great way to educate our children and youth about the environmental movement.
More info ► Heal the Bay
6. Earth Day: In Love and Rage
Extinction Rebellion is an international movement using non-violent and direct action to demand just action on the climate and ecological emergency we face. In protest of the federal government’s newly approved projects in Alaska and Massachusetts, Extinction Rebellion is rallying at Boston City Hall on April 21st to demand no new fossil fuel infrastructure in Massachusetts. This family-family party encourages activists to come dressed up as their favorite endangered species and/or carry one of the animal puppets provided by them. If you love Earth, love animals and nature, and want a livable future, join Extinction Rebellion alongside friends and family to march, dance, and process in support and love for the Earth!
More info ► XR Boston
7. End the Era of Fossil Fuels
Washington DC, US
Earth Day DC is saying NO to fossil fuels by coming together this Earth Day to fight for climate justice and demand real change from decision-makers. Kicking off the day, a youth-led rally in Freedom Plaza will feature the voices of young people from around D.C. and across the country alongside music from the Too Much Talent Band. Following the rally, individuals will take to the streets of Washington, D.C. and march to the White House to demand President Biden take bold action to follow through with his promise to end the fossil fuel era. Lastly, the event will conclude with a fair back at Freedom Plaza where climate cages, art projects, teach-ins, dance parties, and more.
More info ► Earth Day DC
8. Earth Day Fiesta
Earth Day Africa works with staff and partners in Sub-Saharan countries to activate everyday citizens to rise and come together to make positive, tangible, and sustainable changes to protect Africa. Following up on the first ever commemoration in 2022, Earth Day Africa will host the second annual Earth Day Fiesta this 22 April to celebrate Earth Day and share the African Climate Story. Aligning with this year’s theme, Invest in Our Planet, the fiesta will bring together everyone from Africa for a historical fun day together in Zimbabwe. The fiesta will host a day full of traditional African music, food, and arts, and collectively advocate for environment and climate action.
More info ► Earth Day Africa
9. Pledge to Our Keiki
Kanu Hawaii is an organisation of dedicated, everyday individuals working together to protect and highlight what makes Hawaii so special. This Earth Day, they are organising movements across Hawaii to transform thought into action. This 22 April will begin with a global moment of peace. Faith leaders will join in prayer at sunrise atop two volcanoes in honor of the children of Hawaii to rise and awaken the world in support of the Pledge to Our Keiki. As the day continues Kanu Hawaii, alongside partners and local businesses, will attempt the world’s largest dive cleanup, with more than 700 divers expected to participate across the Hawaiian Islands. In addition to the dive, more than 400 nonprofits, 800 events, and over 20,000 volunteers will activate to draw attention to what drives global pollution and to call out the systems causing massive amounts of waste.
More info ► Kanu Hawaii
10. An Earth Day event local to you
If the events listed above aren’t close enough for you to join in, or you want to show your environmental stewardship in another way, don’t worry! Earth Day’s official interactive Events Map shows you up-to-date rallies, cleanups, and so much more happening all around the world and in communities local near you. Every year, 22 April serves as an annual reminder to NEVER underestimate your power. When your voice and actions are united with millions of others around the world, we can create an inclusive and impactful movement impossible to ignore. United together, we’ll drive a year of energy, enthusiasm and commitment to a sustainable and equitable future for our planet.
Organising something for Earth Day? ► Register your event here
What’s so good about this?
Don’t underestimate your power. When your voice and actions are united with millions of others around the world, we can create an inclusive and impactful movement that is impossible to ignore. By engaging governments, businesses, institutions and the more than one billion people who participate in Earth Day annually we can solve the world’s greatest problem: climate change. To learn more about Earth Day 2023, visit earthday.org.
Meet the writer
Madison Aughinbaugh is the Global Public Relations Lead for Earth Day, the world’s largest environmental movement.