PRESERVING FOR TOMORROW WHAT WE ALL ENJOY TODAY
Earth Day Countdown
April 20, 2019
EARTH DAY BEGINNINGS
EARTH DAY began in 1970 and is celebrated annually on April 22nd to promote responsible use and conservation of the planet’s resources. Global in scope, this event is celebrated in over 190 countries. Some nations and communities celebrate Earth Day for an entire week, staging parades and scheduling other events that promote a green theme, conservation and sustainability practices.
Earth Day founding was preceded by national and local Arbor Day observances, both focused on April 22. Arbor Day is now largely subsumed within the broader umbrella of Earth Day. Arbor Day is observed by many communities as either a stand-alone observance or one of several activities within Earth Day.
The Arbor Day Foundation designates qualified cities as Tree Cities, USA. Aiken was designated a Tree City, USA in 1985.
The City of Aiken is embracing the goals of Earth Day and simultaneously promoting our Aiken’s Tomorrow Green City theme by involving the entire community in a festive celebration at the Newberry Street Festival Center on April 20, 2019. Please join us.
MISSION STATEMENT – EARTH DAY
Working with the Aiken City Public Services Department, we interact with various businesses, schools, community leaders, volunteers, and activist groups to utilize Earth Day as a city-wide activity to promote environmental stewardship.
- EDUCATE – To better inform citizens on the value and importance of treating the earth’s resources with respect.
- ENGAGE – To create a stronger sense of personal stewardship thru activities such as recycling, conservation and litter control.
- EMPOWER – To encourage citizens to become informed advocates of legislation that will motivate and drive to more responsible behavior.