What’s Your Earth Day Story?

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 was a grassroots day of action with over 20 million people nationwide standing up for the environment. Later that year, the Environmental Protection Agency was established and the Clean Air Act as we know it today was passed. Over the last 50 years, the United States made great strides in protecting natural resources, from water to air to endangered species. Earth Day highlights the importance of active conservation – of citizens who speak up, sit in, and vote for the environment.

Help AMC celebrate 50 years of environmental action and scientific understanding. Science-based policy advocacy has always been a cornerstone of AMC’s conservation mission, and together we will reflect on the last 50 years as we look ahead to meeting today’s environmental challenges. 

Share Your Story: AMC is collecting stories of what Earth Day means to you. Perhaps you remember the first Earth Day or you’ve witnessed the positive impact of environmental laws and policies leading to cleaner air and water since 1970. Share with us an Earth Day event that moved you, a story about a special place outdoors that inspires you to protect the planet, or a particular conservation action you have taken in the name of Mother Earth. We will share these stories back out to others around Earth Day to show how the AMC community cares and is fighting for our natural world. 

Get ready to honor Earth Day this year. AMC trip leaders from Maine to Virginia are planning Earth Day activities for this April. Sign up for AMC’s Conservation Action Network to receive updates and learn more in the weeks ahead. 

You can use the form below to send us your story or you can email your story and attach a photograph to amcconservation@outdoors.org.