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Earth Day

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Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Earth Day

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) celebrates Earth Day every year in April.

The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970.  On that day, 20 million Americans, 10% of the U.S. population at the time, took to the streets, college campuses, and hundreds of cities. They protested environmental issues like oil spills, smog, and rivers so polluted they caught fire, and they demanded change for our planet going forward. 

The ongoing goal of Earth Day is to raise awareness for climate change, protect the world's resources, and improve the environment. Government, non-government organizations, businesses, and individuals around the world act on Earth Day to help restore the world's resources, improve farming practices, rebuild soils, restore native flora and wildlife, and improve water quality, making it one of the largest civic engagement events that take place worldwide.

Celebrate Earth Day with EGLE!

Earth Day 2024 Student Summit

Annual Student Summit

On April 25, 2024, EGLE hosted the first annual Earth Day Student Summit in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Grow the Earth, and MSU Science Festival. This student-focused sustainability conference will featured breakout sessions, hands-on exhibits, and immersive field experiences to explore careers in the environment.

Earth Day Poster

Poster contest

EGLE invites students in kindergarten through 5th grade to enter the annual Michigan Earth Day Poster Contest! Prizes are awarded for 1st and 2nd place winners in each grade.

Check out the 2024 Winners!
Environmental Service Award Project

Environmental Service Award

EGLE invites schools to nominate a student or classroom in grades 6-12 to be recognized for completing a school-sanctioned project that has tangible results for the environment.

Two projects will receive an award, one for grades 6-8, and one for grades 9-12.

Celebrate Earth Day all year!

You can celebrate Earth Day weekly all year long with one of our 52 ways to celebrate Earth Day! Bookmark this page and revisit throughout the year to learn all kinds of ways how you can help take care of the planet.


Earth Day 2023 Student Webinar: Taking Clean Water Action in YOUR Community!

EGLE’s Earth Day student webinar will continue Michigan’s “Year of Clean Water” celebration by sharing ways that young people around the state are taking action in their own communities to care for Michigan’s water resources. You’ll hear from EGLE Water Resources staff about some of the biggest issues facing our waters, as well as from students and teachers whose work is making a real difference in addressing those challenges. Learn how you can get involved in making a difference too!

Earth Day 2023 Webinar on Taking Clean Water Action in YOUR Community!