Today marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. In the past four decades we’ve made some significant steps forward in the protection of our planet, but there’s still much that needs to be done. National Geographic’s website has put together a comprehensive look at the celebration’s anniversary, and you can find some of the highlights below:
- Earth Day in a Disappearing World – A photo gallery which documents how environmental damage is changing the landscape.
- The Green Guide’s Travel Tips – Our online resource for all things eco offers tips on how to eat locally, cut carbon emissions, and support sustainable travel initiatives.
- Quirky Earth Day Stunts – Photos of attention-getting Earth Day stunts from the past four decades.
- Earth Day Facts – The history of Earth Day, and how the event has changed over time.
- Awesome Earth Quiz – How much do you know about our fantastic planet?
National Geographic’s motto is
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“inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888,” and we subscribe to the ‘Earth Day is Every Day’ mantra. The work that we do aims to support the preservation of environments, cultures, and wildlife, and to educate the public about the world around them. So if you’re here reading we’d like to say thanks for caring and doing your part for the planet. How do you plan to recognize Earth Day?
Photo: Children rush to beat a Guinness World Record for the most trees planted in one hour. Photograph by Ron Wurzer, Nature Consortium/AP