Earth DayJoin the world in celebrating Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. This year’s festivities mark the 45th anniversary of the celebration that aims to promote environmental awareness and education.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is helping to spread Earth Day awareness by sending out a simultaneous message across participant’s social media accounts at noon on Earth Day. The EPA’s message, which will be posted on registered participant’s Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr accounts via an app called Thunderclap, will state “For Earth Day, I commit to protect the climate. Take small actions that add up! #ActOnClimate.” The message will also include a link to the EPA’s website where visitors can find tips on what they can do to help prevent climate change. To share the Act on Climate message on your social media accounts, register prior to April 22 by clicking here.

Earth Day Network is another organization that is helping to spread awareness about the global event. This organization encourages environmental education in schools and creates conversation among global leaders about green energy. In addition, it started The Canopy Project, a movement to plant 10 million trees over a five year span in the world’s most vulnerable communities. To learn more about how you can join the Earth Day Network in celebration of Earth Day 2014, visit

If you are looking for more tangible ways to celebrate Earth Day right here in the city of Atlanta, then there are many options to choose from. Whether you prefer to give back to the Earth through education, awareness or action, there is an event happening near you:

  • Georgia Tech’s 17th annual Earth Day Celebration will be held Friday, April 18 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Tech Walk. This event is free, and it features more than 70 exhibitors who aim to focus attention on the environment and increase people’s awareness of the world around them.
  • The City of Decatur and The Wylde Center are hosting an Earth Day Party at the Garden on Saturday, April 19 from 1 until 4 p.m. at the Oakhurst Garden. This pirate-themed event offers a festive way for members of the community to gather and celebrate Earth Day.
  • Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District will be celebrating Earth Day by hosting a Downtown Atlanta Beautification Project. From 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 22, volunteers will be planting flowers along the new streetcar route.
  • The Atlanta Botanical Gardens will be celebrating Earth Day from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22. From craft time to ladybug releases to learning about the Garden’s conservation programs, there is something for everyone taking place on Earth Day.

To see more of the Earth Day events taking place around metro Atlanta, click here.

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