This April, the New Jersey Department of Education invites New Jersey local educational agencies to participate in Action for Earth in recognition of Earth Day 2024.

Earth Day is held every April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held in 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by and engages 1 billion people in more than 193 countries. The official theme for 2024 is “Planet vs. Plastics.”

The Action for Earth initiative challenges school districts to plan and share activities related to four themed weeks that engage students to be better stewards of their bodies, their communities and the planet as they explore climate-related challenges and solutions. The four themed weeks will be:

  • Energy – April 1-5.
  • Food – April 8-12.
  • Waste – April 15-19.
  • Nature and Wellness – April 22-26.
Key Steps/Actions
  • Visit the Climate Change Education webpage to learn more about each weekly theme and gather resources to prepare for action-based learning.
  • Plan an Action for Earth lesson, activity and/or event to explore the weekly theme.
  • Share your Action for Earth activities on social media utilizing the hashtags #ClimateEd #ClimateChangeEducation #ActionforEarth.
  • Invite NJDOE staff from the Climate Change Education Unit to your district to celebrate your action!

For questions about Action for Earth, Earth Day 2024, or climate change education, please contact the NJDOE via email.