It’s Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day. This is the day to demonstrate support for environmental protection. What do you have planned?

Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, and has grown to include events in more than 193 countries. This worldwide activity is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.

April 22, 2019, marks the 49th anniversary and 50th observance of Earth Day.

In 1969, organizers started Earth Day in response to a massive oil spill in waters near Santa Barbara, California.

#PictureEarth on Social Media

One interesting way to mark Earth Day this year is to participate in NASA’s Earth Day social media campaign to celebrate our planet, and the importance of protecting the environment.

Post a close-up photo on social media of your favorite natural features, such as crashing waves, blooming flowers or stunning sunsets, with the hashtag #PictureEarth.

Include the location where the photo was taken in the text of your social media post. On Earth Day, NASA will share some of NASA’s most stunning images of Earth from space to help inspire you.

NASA said it will check Instagram, Twitter and its NASA Earth Facebook event page to find your images and select photos to showcase in future videos and composite images.

Also, check out (and download) NASA’s collection of Earth Day Posters for 2019, and from years past, at science.nasa.gov/toolkits/earth-day-posters.

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