PRESERVING FOR TOMORROW WHAT WE ALL ENJOY TODAY
Earth Day Countdown
April 21, 2018
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 23, 2016. 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.
- CELEBRATE – To bring the community together in order to celebrate the planet’s wonders and the city’s green initiatives.
- INFORM – To promote and provide activities that demonstrate environmentally friendly practices for residents and visitors.
- COORDINATE – To assist the citizens of Aiken in preserving the Earth’s resources and maximizing the effectiveness of the Earth Day message.