Earth Day has been observed since 1970 and is celebrated annually on April 22. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness about environmental issues and encouraging individuals to promote sustainability and protect the earth's natural resources. The theme of Earth Day 2024 is "Planet vs. Plastics," which advocates for widespread awareness regarding the health risks of plastics, calls to phase out single-use plastics rapidly, and pushes for a strong UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution. Earth Day supports a sustainable future, builds happy and healthy communities worldwide, and contributes to a healthy economy. 

Check out these events happening in Cumberland Valley to celebrate the importance of Earth Day.

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A decade ago, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) launched a “Conservation Landscape” program that drives strategic investments around themes of conservation, community revitalization, and sustainability in special landscapes across Pennsylvania. Cumberland Valley is located in the South Mountain Landscape and features diverse natural, agricultural, recreational, and cultural resources. Within the South Mountain Landscape, community leaders, state agencies, local governments, philanthropies, and nonprofits all engage in ways to tackle effective conservation and community revitalization. For more information about South Mountain Landscape and specific initiatives, visit

Learn more about Dickinson College's commitment to environmental responsibility and how they have fostered a culture of sustainability on campus and within the local community.