Earth Day 2020 – Celebrate 50 Years of Environmental Awareness and Action

February 7, 2020

Marking the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day with AMC

Help AMC celebrate environmental action! Over the last 50 years, the United States has made great strides in protecting natural resources from water to air to endangered species to climate.

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, saw 20 million people across the country stand up for the environment in a grassroots day of action. Later that year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established and the Clean Air Act as we know it today was passed. Earth Day emphasizes the importance of active conservation and people who speak up, sit in, and vote for the environment.

Below are several ways to celebrate Earth Day and promote active conservation in your area:

Share Your Story: Science-based policy advocacy has always been a cornerstone of AMC’s conservation mission. Please share with us an Earth Day event that moved you, a story about a special outdoor place, that inspires you to protect the planet or ways that you have witnessed or appreciate environmental improvements of the past 50 years. Click here to tell us your story.

Organize or Participate in an Activity:

Trip Leaders: Use the words “Earth Day 2020” in your trip listing to help promote your activity.

  • Learn, Know, and Show the seven principles of Leave No Trace. Coordinate a Leave No Trace training or experience or event in your community, or organize a clean-up of local trails, rivers, coastlines, and/or parks
  • Join the Citizen Science Movement – AMC needs you to collect data while you enjoy the outdoors. These activities can be done throughout the year, not just April!

Use the smartphone app iNaturalist to document and identify any plant or animal wherever you are outside. AMC projects are focused on flowering plants at all stages of development (bud, bloom, fruit) to help us monitor climate change in the mountains. Join one today and share observations on your next trip:

    1. Northeast Alpine Flower Watch
    2. Appalachian Trail Corridor
    3. AMC Maine Woods

Vote for Candidates who Support Science, Climate Action, and Environmental Protection

  1. Know your candidates’ positions and voting record (where applicable) on climate change, clean air and water, land protection, and more. Ask candidates and canvassers to answer these questions in detail!
  2. Attend candidate forums and ask them to state their position on climate action, including implementing science-based climate-friendly policies.
  3. Pledge to vote in local, state, and national elections. Your vote matters! www.outdoors.org/vote