UCI Earth Week

International Earth Day is April 22nd and marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in the United States in 1970. This modern environmental movement is built upon centuries of environmental protection led by indigenous communities around the globe. Every year, it is celebrated around the globe as a day of action that changes human behavior and provokes policy changes as we all fight for a clean environment, climate solutions, and social equity.

Each year, UCI student leaders, staff, faculty, and community members organize a variety of events during the entire week of April 22nd to inspire sustainability action on campus and in our wider communities. These events offer an opportunity to critically engage in dialogue and perspectives that direct us to make meaningful changes for the better of our communities.

We encourage all organizations and units to create events focused on the sustainability of our ecosystems and communities. Events that align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UCI’s sustainability definition are highly encouraged. Events should be relevant to UCI students, staff, and faculty.

A calendar of approved events will be included in all promotional materials, including the main Earth Week calendar on this webpage. To submit an event, please visit the Sustainability Events Calendar and when entering information include the “Earth Week” event tag. All organizations and units will receive promotional materials and are encouraged to utilize these in marketing efforts.

All events should be submitted by April 3rd, 2023 to be included in all promotional materials.

Earth Day at UCI has an extremely important place in the history of this university. The first Earth Day on April 22nd in 1970 was a prominent day across the United States. At UC Irvine, students, staff, and faculty participated in this day of action by rallying. For example, a group of students took a trolley car with a poster reading, “Recognize the Polluter, Recognize Ourselves”, to a local landfill (link here). Since this day, UCI has become an established leader in sustainability and environmental change.

Today, we continue to celebrate and honor this legacy while looking to move the needle even further. Earth Week continues to be celebratory and focused on addressing environmental inequities and community concerns. We invite all to use this time to engage in critical dialogue and find critical perspectives of how we can make further change for the better of all.

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