Earth Day is more than a one-day event or annual environmental wake-up call. It is a catalyst for ongoing education, action, and change. It simultaneously broadens the base of support and rekindles old commitments through highly participatory strategies.
Earth Day New York is a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes environmental awareness and solutions through partnerships with schools, community organizations, businesses, and government entities; educating public and private policymakers through conferences and publications; and involving the general public in annual Earth Day events.
Earth Day New York since 1989
Earth Day New York was founded in late 1989 by a broad coalition of environmental groups to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Earth Day in New York City.
In 1990, Earth Day New York mobilized two million people to attend Earth Day’s 20th Anniversary events—the Earth Rising Ceremony in Times Square hosted by Mayor Dinkins, the Environmental Exposition and Cultural Festival on Sixth Avenue and a major concert in Central Park featuring the B-52s, speeches by Governor Cuomo and Mayor Dinkins among many others.
For the 25th Anniversary in 1995, we organized diverse arts and educational events including the Parade for the Planet, the Giant Earth Projections, the International Poster Exhibition and the New York Team Clean and Green.
For the 30th Anniversary of Earth Day, we organized a vast environmental festival in three different venues (Battery Park, Battery ParkCity and the World Trade Center.) Exhibits included over 100 local, national and global environmental organizations.
For the past seven years, Earth Day New York has hosted an outdoor fair at Grand Central, which has included hundreds of both local and national green businesses and environmental organizations, as well as a concert. Two years ago, we added Times Square to the festivities, where we have a green vehicle exhibition and even more businesses and environmental organizations are represented.