Earth Week Naperville 2023


Join us to celebrate the Earth and enhance our communities! 

April 22, 2023 marks the 53rd anniversary of the first Earth Day. 
This year's theme is INVEST IN OUR PLANET.
Invest in the future of our home by acting now!
Support climate and environmental literacy!
Reduce plastic pollution!
Plant trees!
Make your Vote Count!
Organize a Clean Up!
Support Sustainable Fashion!
Share your thoughts and actions at #InvestInOurPlanet and #EarthWeekNaperville

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2023 SPECIAL EVENTS:

Arbor Day Tree Sale

City of Naperville

When:            TBD                                                                                                                                                                                                   

How:              Order online; Pick-up in person
Where:           Naperville Public Works Service Center, 180 Fort Hill Dr., Naperville
What:             Select tree(s) for your yard or property; residents limited to 6 trees

Earth Day Fair 

Naperville Park District and Earth Week Naperville committee

When:            Date and time - TBD
Who:              All ages
Where:           Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Dr., Naperville
What:             Visit with local business and organizations to learn about their sustainable initiatives and how you can be more "green"            How:              Stop by any time during the event hours

Earth Week Mini Film Festival

One Earth Film Festival & the City of Chicago

When:            April 19 -23 
Who:              All ages
Where:          Virtual
What:             View specially selected films and shorts highlighting Earth Day and sustainable practices
How:              Get Tickets; Free or $8 Donation

One Earth Film Festival

Watch films and discussions from the 2022 One Earth Film Festival

When:            March 3-12 
Who:              All ages
Where:           Virtual 
What:             View specially selected films and shorts highlighting Earth Day and sustainable practices
How:              Get Tickets; Free or $8 Donation

Shred Event

When:            Saturday, April 15
Where:           TBD
What:             Drop off up to two boxes of documents to be shredded (or until the truck fills) and recycled
How:              Stop by any time during the event hours 


Local and Online Environmental Resources


Earth Day and Nature Related ParkTalk Podcasts


Earth Week Naperville Partners

 


Earth Week Naperville Sponsors


History of Earth Day and Arbor Day
 In the spring of 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to address the dangerous environmental issues facing Americans and the environment. On April 22, 20 million Americans protested on college campuses and in city streets across the country, demanding an end to air pollution, rivers that burned, ocean oil spills and loss of wildlife species. This first Earth Day launched the passing of numerous environmental laws to protect air, land and water and prompted the creation of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency in December of 1970. The holiday grew significantly over the years to the point that in 2009, the United Nations adopted a consensus resolution designating April 22nd as International Mother Earth Day.
Arbor Day was founded in 1872 as a day set aside to plant trees by J. Sterling Morton, who later served as Secretary of Agriculture to President Grover Cleveland. Today, most states celebrate Arbor Day on the last Friday in April. Morton's son, Joy Morton, is the founder of the Morton Salt Company and the Morton Arboretum, a 1,700-acre tree museum in Lisle, which is a leading center of tree science. "Plant Trees" was the Morton family motto.