Virtual Earth Month 2020


NYU's month-long celebration of the environment. This April 22, 2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. Check out 10 actions to take throughout the month of April to honor this occasion.

To combat the spread of COVID-19, NYU is discouraging schools, departments, programs, and units from holding large gatherings. Please note that the events listed on the 2020 Earth Month Events Calendar may be cancelled, postponed, or conducted virtually. For more information, please visit the Campus Activities and Spaces FAQs.

This April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

In 1970, Earth Day was initiated to encourage education and actions towards addressing global environmental degradation. That year, 20 million Americans (10% of the U.S. population at the time) mobilized in cities, towns, and on university campuses to launch the modern environmental movement.

In the last 50 years, we have seen immense political progress, innovation, and public participation. But we continue to face global challenges, the threat of climate change, and mounting concerns for the future of our planet and its inhabitants.

This year, at NYU we will honor the first Earth Day through various virtual events and activities to continue the legacy of Earth Day's founding intent: to educate, engage, and spark action towards a more sustainable future.