Explore the wonders of life on Earth!
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day at the Florida Museum and beyond! The international theme for this year is Climate Action. This day-long event is presented in partnership with the University of Florida Thompson Earth Systems Institute and features activities at the Museum as well as around Gainesville.
- Meet experts in the field
- Take part in excursions around the area
- Learn what you can do to make a difference
- More details coming soon!
6-7 p.m. at the Florida Museum: Hear from award-winning conservationist and featured speaker Audrey Peterman about “Outdoors for All: Discovering the Extraordinary Earth in our Parks and Public Lands.”
Peterman is an author and leader in the movement to engage more Americans of color in the enjoyment, care and protection of our national parks and public lands system. She has written several books including “Our True Nature: Finding a Zest for Life in the National Park System,” a travel guide to the national parks system, and “Legacy on the Land: A Black Couple Discovers Our National Inheritance and Tells Why Everyone Should Care,” which she co-authored with her husband, Frank. Her achievements have been recognized with awards including the Environmental Hero Award, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Outstanding Citizen Advocate Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Outdoor Afro. Thanks to her efforts, President Obama issued a Presidential memorandum in 2017 promoting diversity and inclusion in our national parks, forests and other public lands and waters.
The first Earth Day was organized on April 22, 1970 as a way to spread awareness and education about environmental issues. The cause has morphed into a global movement that extends into Earth Week with events and activities being held around the world leading up to and after April 22.
In honor of the 50th anniversary, the Earth Day Network has organized a variety of campaigns to inspire people to take action: EARTHRISE, Great Global Cleanup, Earth Challenge, Foodprints for the Future and Artists for the Earth.
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