Fighting for our Earth: Make every day Earth Day in 2012

river rafting on Rogue Rover Oregon

The need to protect our wild places has never been greater than it is now, which is why we're starting the countdown to Earth Day early this year. The official celebration is Sunday, April 22, 2012 but the many threats wilderness is facing make it critical to declare every day Earth Day.

The fight continues

Today, our beautiful and beneficial lands face an unparalleled group of legislative attacks. From a proposed mine near the Grand Canyon, to releasing tens of millions of acres of our wildest lands to irresponsible developers, to drilling the Arctic Refuge, these attacks endanger the places we cherish.

The new Wilderness Under Siege report from TWS details the imminent threats jeopardizing our wild landscapes.

my Earth Day, my sacred place

Comic actress Wendie Malick is serious about protecting wild places. Watch her special Earth Day my wilderness video where she encourages us all to seek out wild “pockets of wonder.”

Earth Day history

Gaylord NelsonEarth Day started with the simple desire to protect the places we hold sacred. After witnessing a devastating oil spill off the coast of California, Sen. Gaylord Nelson organized a national Earth Day to educate Americans about the value of our wild lands and the threats that could destroy them.

“The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity…That’s all there is. That’s the whole economy,” Nelson explained in a letter about why he created Earth Day.

Learn more about how Sen. Nelson organized a grassroots movement that mobilized 20 million Americans to speak up for our greatest national treasure on the first Earth Day in 1970.

Support our work

As Earth Day approaches, we want you to know that your ongoing dedication and commitment to The Wilderness Society makes all the difference in protecting our wilderness and our planet. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift at this time to help The Wilderness Society continue its mission of protecting wilderness and inspiring Americans to care for our wild places.