Earth Day 2017: Promoting Environmental and Climate Literacy

A contemporary art exhibition presented by Art Works for Change and Earth Day Network

By Art Works for Change

Library (2010) by Lori NixArt Works for Change

Earth Day 2017

On April 22,1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. By the end of that year, the first Earth Day had led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. But many of these groundbreaking accomplishments are now under threat. For Earth Day 2017, we invite you to join us as we launch a campaign for global environmental and climate literacy.

Iceberg IX (Greenland) (2010) by Sebastian CopelandArt Works for Change

This Earth Day, we return to a key strategy of the first Earth Day in 1970 — Teach-Ins. Teach-ins educate and mobilize citizens across America to demand that Congress act to protect the environment.

Carbon Sink (2011) by Chris DruryArt Works for Change

For Earth Day 2017 and beyond, we seek to:

‌• Build a world that internalizes environmental values and creates sustainable communities for all

‌• Mobilize a global citizenry capable of speaking to the truth of climate change

‌• Provide avenues for local environmental action

Amazon (2013) by Daniel BeltráArt Works for Change

You can join this movement by organizing Earth Day events in your local community to promote environmental education.

Self Portrait Moving Out (2010) by Julie HeffernanArt Works for Change

We believe that grassroots activism is the best way to achieve climate literacy and environmental justice. By holding a teach-in for members of your community, you can empower them to defend the environment.

Pull (2013) by Mary MattinglyArt Works for Change

College students have an important role to play in building a grassroots environmental movement. By organizing a teach-in on your campus, you can be a catalyst for collective environmental action.

Into The Trees (2012) by Laura BallArt Works for Change

Today's students are tomorrow's leaders. We provide a variety of resources for educating and engaging students on climate change and other environmental issues.

Sustainable Cinema No. 2: Lenticular Bicycle (2014) by Scott HesselsArt Works for Change

Local government action is essential for achieving sustainability. We invite local leaders to participate in the annual Global Day of Conversation, a platform for discussing the challenges and opportunities of sustainability.

Field Guides (2003) by Fred TomaselliArt Works for Change

This Earth Day, let's take action to promote environmental and climate literacy. Get the tools you need to make a difference in your community by visiting, and get inspired by viewing more artwork from our exhibition entitled "Footing the Bill: Art and Our Ecological Footprint".

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This exhibit is a selection of works from "Footing the Bill: Art and Our Ecological Footprint", an online exhibition created in partnership with Earth Day Network and other leading environmental organizations. For more information, please contact us at or visit us at

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