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    1. 1. Seoul, South Korea Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideTwo local organizations, EcoMoms and Green Growth,mobilized the Seoul communityto learn about environmentalissues and pledge acts ofservice. Photo: Participants holding a massive replica of the official Earth Day 2012 Mobilize the Earth™ poster 1 Billion People 192 Countries Mobilize the Earth
    2. 2. Kurdistan Region, Iraq Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideIn an effort to help Mobilize theEarth™ and to help theirconstituents embracesustainability, the KurdistanRegional Government plantedfive million trees across Iraq inhonor of Earth Day 2012 and ABillion Acts of Green®. Photo: Kurdistan Prime Minister Dr. Barham Salih planting a tree on Earth Day 1 Billion People 192 Countries “We’re proud to be joining so many people all over the world who are taking action for Earth Day 2012. By planting these trees, we’re improving the environment of Kurdistan and the surrounding communities, but we also hope to set an example for the rest of Iraq, the region, and the world.” -Dr. Barham Salih, Prime Minister of Kurdistan
    3. 3. Chhattisgarh, India Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideLocal students listened to lectureson the importance of Earth Dayand made environmental pledgesto be included in the “Tree ofLife”. At the end of the daystudents painted their handsgreen and made a collagesignifying their unity for a saferand healthier planet. Photos (Top to Bottom): Students show their support for Earth Day; A young girl writes down her environmental pledge; students showcase their green hands for the environment. 1 Billion People 192 Countries Mobilize the Earth
    4. 4. Oman Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideIn Oman, The Ministry ofEducation called upon everyschool in the Sultanate (7,000+)to take part in environmentalactions on Earth Day. Studentslearned about environmentalissues and gave speeches infront of their peers on theimportance of living green. Photos (Top to Bottom): Students prepareto hear an environmental speech; studentsand teachers get ready to plant trees in the playground 1 Billion People 192 Countries “To protect our planet and its precious natural resources, we have to spread awareness about the grave problems they face. And this environmental education has to start at a young age. That’s why Oman is mobilizing for Earth Day by engaging our school children.” -Ministry of Education in Oman.
    5. 5. New Taipei City, Taiwan Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideMore than 10,000 peoplegathered in New Taipei City,including The First Lady of theRepublic of China, Mrs.Christine Chow Ma, to planttrees in honor of Earth Day andhelp build a beautiful naturalpark for the city.Photo: First Lady Mrs. Ma is seen planting a tree for Earth Day. 1 Billion People 192 Countries Mobilize the Earth
    6. 6. Madhya Pradesh, India Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideStudents and villagers rallied inthe Kanha National Park to callupon world leaders to protectthe Earth. Participants plantedtrees, picked up trash, and gaveaway free energy efficient solarlamps to villagers. Photos (Top to Bottom): Villagers and students participate in the Rally; A village member is given a solar lamp 1 Billion People 192 Countries “Save Earth! Save Life! One Earth! One Chance!” -Students at the forest rally
    7. 7. Fayetteville, Arkansas Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideFayetteville held “40 Days and40 Nights” of events in honor ofEarth Day. From April 5th to May14th, 40 Days and 40 Nightsfeatured over 100 events,engaging residents and localbusinesses throughout thecommunity to mobilize andshow their support for asustainable future.Photo: Mayor Lioneld Jordan kicks off EarthMonth with a proclamation reading in front of city hall 1 Billion People 192 Countries Mobilize the Earth
    8. 8. Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideIn honor of Earth Day, hundredsof skateboarders within theGreenskate community took tothe streets on April 22nd in SãoPaulo, Brazil to promotelongboarding as a viable, eco-friendly method oftransportation. Photo: Longboarders assemble on the streets of São Paulo 1 Billion People 192 Countries “São Paulo is one of the most troubled cities in the world when it comes to transportation and environment. With such a big skateboarding scene in Brazil, longboarding is an almost obvious alternative to avoid the traffic jams and reduce the pollution.” – A Greenskate Participant
    9. 9. Dhi Qar Province, Iraq Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideOver 10,000 schools Iraq plannedEarth Day events to help Mobilizethe Earth. The Al-Nasiriyah HighSchool for Girls in southern Iraqhosted a number of activities,including a presentation on theimportance of protecting theenvironment, a tree planting anda drawing exhibition. Photo (Top to Bottom): A young Iraqi girl works to plant a tree; a student draws an environmental painting; a teacher lecturesstudents on the importance of conservation. 1 Billion People 192 Countries“This is the second year we organized Earth Day activities and we are committed to do so every year” -Al-Nasiriyah School Principle
    10. 10. St. Louis, Missouri Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideMore than 30,000 peopleattended the 23rd Annual St.Louis Earth Day Festival on April22nd. The theme was "Heroes forthe Planet: Ordinary People,Extraordinary Acts." Activitiesincluded an “All Species Parade”kicked off by Mayor Francis G.Slay, a recycling extravaganza,and a Green Jobs exhibit. Photo: volunteers educate an event participant about recycling 1 Billion People 192 Countries “I encourage all citizens to take this opportunity to learn about respect and celebrate our connection to life on Earth and to take measures to give back on Earth Day and every day. ” -St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay
    11. 11. Dushanbe, Tajikistan Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideA team of local NGOs, led byLittle Earth organized acommunity cleanup at localplaygrounds, and organizednumerous presentationsthroughout the day to educateresidents about environmentalissues. In honor of Earth Day,the coalition of groups openedthe first bicycle lane inDushanbe. Photo: Participants standing together to show their support for the planet 1 Billion People 192 Countries "Remember, we’ve only got one Little Earth! Even if everyday is Earth Day for some people, it is only on the 22nd of April that we come together and realize how big our movement has become." -Timur Idrisov, co-founder of Little Earth
    12. 12. Kingston, Jamaica Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideIn Jamaica, over 100 studentshelped Mobilize the Earth™ byparticipating in environmentalevents and games, hosted bythe Jamaica Environment Trust(JET). Students learned theimportance of conservation andworked to incorporate greenactions into their daily lives.Photo: JET participant displays a mask that he made in honor of local wildlife. 1 Billion People 192 Countries “Earth Day 2012 marked the completion of the second phase of the Building Appreciation for Nature in Children at Risk (BANCAR) project. The project ended with a fun filled day for participants. Nearly 100 8 - 14 year olds from RISE Kidz Clubs in communities of Majestic Gardens, Tower Hill and Drewsland came out to celebrate in Kingston.” – A JET Member
    13. 13. Cape Town, South Africa Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideIn South Africa, local K-12students picked up waste at anearby beach and helped cleanup the surrounding landscape inhonor of Earth Day. Photos (Left to Right): Students clean up wastearound a sea drain; two young boys pose for the camera while recycling some plastic bottles 1 Billion People 192 Countries “We are very happy to be collaborating with the City of Cape Town and teaching the learners about the importance of looking after the earth. It is important that the youth play a role in keeping our environment clean and by participating in initiatives such as Earth Day, they are doing just that,” -Stuart McLeod, Managing Director of PenBev.
    14. 14. Columbus, Ohio Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideIn honor of Earth Day, thousandsof people volunteered during themonth of April to help clean upthe state of Ohio. In addition,local group Green Columbusorganized a large event indowntown Columbus to buildawareness of the city’s greeninitiatives.Photo: team of volunteers who cleaned up their local neighborhood 1 Billion People 192 Countries Mobilize the Earth
    15. 15. Son Rullan, Spain Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideA local sustainable communityorganized a series of activities anddemonstrations within their eco-village to help educate nearbyresidents about living in anenvironmentally friendly manner. Photo: participants gather together to meditate in Son Rullan, Spain 1 Billion People 192 Countries “It is a celebration with a difference, a celebration which gives meaning, a celebration which renews our commitment to respect Earth and humanity.” - Earth Day organizer
    16. 16. Tunis City, Tunisia Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideSchools within Tunis Cityorganized outdoor Earth Dayactivities and taught theirchildren about the importanceof environmental issues in theclassroom. Outdoor activitiesincluded tree plantings,recycling drives, and the clean-up of a local park.Photos (Top to Bottom): A student works to create a sculpture out of her recentlyrecycled bottle; students help plant trees at a local park 1 Billion People 192 Countries Mobilize the Earth
    17. 17. Selangor, Malaysia Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideLocal NGO Waterfall Survivorsmobilized hundreds of localresidents to clean up of the localSelangor Waterfall and learnabout the importance ofpreserving their environment. Photo: Waterfall Survivors participantspose for a group photo before the clean-up 1 Billion People 192 Countries “On April 22nd, approximately 500 participants traveled to Templer’s Park in Selangor, Malaysia with the goal of removing all waste and litter from the magnificent waterfalls in the park. The event featured activities and discussions to educate participants about the environmental threats facing Malaysia’s waterfalls.” – A Waterfall Survivors Participant
    18. 18. Cleveland, Ohio Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideOn April 22nd, Cleveland hostedEarthFest 2012, anenvironmental education eventwhich featured speakers,exhibits on clean transportation,and green home improvements.The theme was ‘Local andSustainable Food’, whichhighlighted Mayor Jackson’s 10-year Sustainable ClevelandInitiative. Photo: EarthFest 2012 in Cleveland 1 Billion People 192 Countries Mobilize the Earth
    19. 19. Fiji, Palau, Philippines Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideLocal non-profit CommunityCentred Conservation (C3)hosted a series of communityclean-ups and reforestationactivities in honor of Earth Day.Photo: C3 participants clean up a beach in the Philippines 1 Billion People 192 Countries “The 22nd April 2012 was a day marked globally for its environmental significance, as over one billion people in 192 countries took part to help protect their environment to commemorate the 42nd Earth Day... C3 staff and local communities in four countries were among the individuals, schools, communities and companies across the world that were helping Earth Day Network achieve A Billion Acts of Green®.” – A C3 Participant
    20. 20. Bangalore, India Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideMore than 200 college studentspushed motorized bikesbackwards through the streetsof Bangalore in an effort tospread awareness about risingcarbon emission levels in thecity and to encourage the publicto use sustainable modes oftransport. Photos (Top to Bottom): Students march through the streets with their bikes; Students create a “human bicycle” to promote carbon free modes of transport. 1 Billion People 192 Countries “Bangalore is a city with the highest number of two wheelers in the country. I often think why I should use a vehicle to commute 5 km? What is the purpose of public transport then? This is one way to tell everyone that we must stop polluting the environment.” - Raksha Jayaraj, Earth Day Participant
    21. 21. Tripoli, Libya Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideLed by local NGOs theEnvironmental Friends ,of Libyaand the Flame of the Capital,hundreds of youth and adultshelped clean up the city andplant trees in honor of EarthDay. Photos (Top to Bottom): Some young boys are ready to clean on Earth Day 2012; Event participants show their support for EDN as they clean a local park 1 Billion People 192 Countries Mobilize the Earth
    22. 22. Alajuela, Costa Rica Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideIn an effort to help restore thelocal canopy and educate thepublic, the Alajuela communityhelped plant mountain almondtrees (a local species) in honorof Earth Day. Photo: Local family plants a mountain almond tree 1 Billion People 192 Countries “Our reforestation event on Earth Day was a fantastic success! We planted 100 mountain almonds trees and had 35 volunteers helping!” – Earth Day Participant
    23. 23. DeSoto County, Mississippi World Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 WideIn honor of Earth Day, theDeSoto County organized aseries of Earth Day activities andexhibits that focused onsustainable living, energyefficiency, and natural resourceconservation.Photo: kids learning about water collection at an interactive exhibit 1 Billion People 192 Countries Mobilize the Earth
    24. 24. Beijing, China Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideIn honor of Earth Day, families,kids, and adults learned aboutenvironmental issues andconservation while constructinga sculpture of “Sky-patching-Goddess Nuwa” and washingcars with only one bucket ofwater. Several members of thevisiting Harlem Globetrottersplayers came out for the event. Photo: Harlem Globetrotters players andschoolchildren pose to capture the moment for Earth Day. 1 Billion People 192 Countries “I always believe that our planet is not inherited from our ancestors, but borrowed from our future generations. And, all religion and arts are derived and generated from nature. Earth Day is a great opportunity to eulogize the harmony of both natural and human landscapes.” -Yuan Xikun, founder of ‘Champion of Water Alliance’
    25. 25. Bellevue, Nebraska Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideIn Bellevue, hundreds of localresidents came out to seegreen product demonstrations,learn about city recyclingpractices, and take part in theannual Earth Day 5k race. Photo (Top to Bottom): recycle relay race; starting area for the 5k race 1 Billion People 192 Countries “It is imperative for municipal government to recognize, acknowledge and participate as an example to the community and its residents in leading environmental-friendly practices.” -Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders
    26. 26. Freeport, Maine Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideOver 50 children pledged toread environmentally themedbooks throughout the month ofApril and designed eco-bookmarks in honor of EarthDay 2012 at the FreeportCommunity Public Library. Photo (Top to Bottom): Reading for the Earth™ book display encouraging children to read environmentally-themed books; some of the bookmarks created by kids 1 Billion People 192 Countries Mobilize the Earth
    27. 27. Sofia, Bulgaria Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideAt the American College of Sofia,students learned about localenvironmental issues, madecommitments to help protectthe environment, and built acommunity garden in honor ofEarth Day. Photo: 8th graders stand proudly by their flower patch. 1 Billion People 192 Countries Some pledges made by 8th graders:“I pledge I will only drive to school three days a week.” “I pledge to make the air cleaner by planting a tree behind my house.” “I pledge to have a shower instead of a bath.” “I pledge to recycle my old notebooks.” “I pledge never to throw rubbish on the ground.” “I pledge to use less energy by using more solar batteries.”
    28. 28. Andhra Pradesh, India Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideA group of local women from atribal village in Andhra Pradesh,replaced their incandescentlight bulbs with CFL bulbs andpledged to lead “greener”lifestyles in honor of Earth Day. Photo: Villagers hold up their new CFL Bulbs on Earth Day 2012 1 Billion People 192 Countries Mobilize the Earth
    29. 29. Kowloon Tong, Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideHong KongStudents from the AmericanInternational School in HongKong researched animal habitatsand displayed their new foundknowledge through creativedioramas.Photo: Reading for the Earth™ display with animal habitat dioramas 1 Billion People 192 Countries “Our grade 3 students have created animal dioramas featuring animal habitats.” - Elsa Ko, American International School
    30. 30. Burbank, California Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideHundreds of local residentsgathered at the Earth Day eventin Burbank to learn about wastemanagement, recycling, andcomposting. Photo: Earth Day celebration in Burbank 1 Billion People 192 Countries Mobilize the Earth
    31. 31. Iasi, Romania Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideIn Iasi, Earth Day organizersplanned a series of events to helpmobilize schools and localresidents to protect theenvironment. Events includedwaste clean ups, tree plantings,seminars, and demonstrations.Photo: Students from the school club “RaduCernatescu” plant lime and oak trees in their school campus. 1 Billion People 192 Countries “Regardless of its length, each Earth Day initiative is commendable in that it spreads environmental awareness.” -Earth Day organizer
    32. 32. Guangzhou, China Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideIn honor of Earth Day, the U.S.Consulate in Guangzhouorganized 22 events during EarthWeek to help educate the localcommunity about environmentalissues and to encourage them tocommit to change their personalbehavior.Photo: On April 22nd, the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou held an eco-pledge signing ceremony where all contributions were added to A Billion Acts of Green®. 1 Billion People 192 Countries Popular online pledges: “I will eat meat at most three days a week.” “I will limit my showers to five minutes.” “I will recycle all plastic bottles I use.” “I will join and environmental organization.” “I will plant a tree.” “I will build a compost bin.” “I will ride my bike to work every day.”
    33. 33. Khao Yai, Thailand Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideLocal families visited the NationalPark in Khao Yai to plant treesand learn about different treeplanting techniques, forestevolution, and the differencebetween reforestation and forestrestoration. Photo: Children pet giraffes as they learn about biodiversity and conservation. 1 Billion People 192 Countries"Not only is it beneficial for the planet to plant trees but its also important for children to understand the benefits that reforesting our planet brings and what better way than to get the whole family out there to help us "save the planet one tree at a time!“ -Andrew Steel, founder of Plant a Tree Foundation
    34. 34. Freeport, Bahamas Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideIn honor of Earth Day, the GrandBahama Branch hosted an EarthDay that educated locals onsustainable agriculture andfeatured a wood carving artexhibition to demonstrate thebeauty of nature that and how itis being tarnished by fossil fuelconsumption.Photo: Wood Carver guides Art Exhibition participant 1 Billion People 192 Countries “In the exhibition there are abstract works made of materials derived directly from the earth representing the beauty of nature, marred by the human need for fossil fuel consumption.” – Bahamas National Trust Participant
    35. 35. Fairbanks, Alaska Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideIn honor of Earth Day, FortWainwright organized Earth Dayactivities and registeredcommunity environmentalcommitments in collaborationwith residents, the North Polemayor, Doug Isaacson, Fairbankscity mayor, Jerry Cleworth andFairbanks North Star Boroughmayor, Luke Hopkins. Photo: Mayors gather to sign the Interior Alaska Community Sustainable Proclamation 1 Billion People 192 Countries "There were many leaves added to our commitment tree which symbolized individual commitments from those who attended the event toward sustainability and Earth Day. It was their way to say "Me and Now" to our theme of "If not you, who and if not now, when?“” -Andy McDonough, event chairman of Fort Wainwright
    36. 36. Indianapolis, Indiana Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideThe city of Indianapolis held itsfirst ever organized Earth Dayevent and mobilized severalthousand local residents tolearn about sustainability issuesand how to take better care oftheir environment.Photo: Tree planting at the inaugural Earth Day celebration 1 Billion People 192 Countries Mobilize the Earth
    37. 37. Port Louis, Mauritius Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideIn Mauritius, on Earth Day 2012,Deputy Prime Minister XavierLuc Duval, Minister of TourismMichael Sik Yuen, and Minsiterof Health Lormus Bundhoo alldecided to bike to work topromote sustainability acrossMauritius. They encouraged allMauritians to bike to work whenpossible. Photo: Minister of Tourism Michael Sik Yuen, and coworkers bike to work 1 Billion People 192 Countries “The bicycle emits no air pollution and noise. Mauritius will come out as a winner if we all bike more.” - Deputy Prime Minister Xavier Luc Duval
    38. 38. New York City, Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 WorldNew York WideFor Earth Day, Manhattan BoroughPresident Scott M. Stringer joinedhigh school students from GlobalKids, Childrens Aide Society, andYoung Womens Leadership School inEast Harlem for a town hall onSustainability and the Future of NewYork City. Photo: Manhattan Borough PresidentStringer speaking to high schools students 1 Billion People 192 Countries Mobilize the Earth
    39. 39. Naples, Italy Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideThousands of people gathered inNaples to take part in the officialEarth Day Italy event – whichfeatured musical performancesand environmental fashionshows – to draw attention toenvironmental problems in Italyand around the world andpromote a green lifestyle. Photo: Rezzophonic rocking the Earth Day Italy concert. 1 Billion People 192 Countries “Since its inception, the Italian Earth Day has worked to host our event in order to raise public awareness on critical environmental problems on Earth. Through music and fashion, Earth Day Italia brings people together who are working to form a more sustainable Italy and a more sustainable planet.” – Claudio Sestili, President
    40. 40. Monterey County, Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideCaliforniaChildren at the MontereyCounty Public Library pledged toread environmentally-themedbooks in honor Earth Day 2012. Photo: A child browsing through books at a Reading for the Earth™ book display 1 Billion People 192 Countries “Children learn best through their everyday experiences with the people they love and trust, andwhen the learning is fun. And the best place for these experiences is outdoors, in the natural world.”” -Center for Families, Communities, Schools and Children’s Learning
    41. 41. Sierra Gorda, Mexico Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideHundreds of students, parents,teachers, local authorities, andlocal businesses gathered inSierra Gorda to present skits,poems, traditional dishes,songs, and dances thatcelebrate humanity’sconnection to the Earth and thekinship required to protect it. Photo: School children display artwork created at an Earth Festival 1 Billion People 192 Countries
    42. 42. Malibu, California Ea r t h D ay 2 0 1 2 World WideHundreds of local residentsattended the Malibu Earth Dayevent and learned aboutcomposting, Smart Gardening,Energy Upgrade rebates, waterconservation, State Parks, andCity Environmental Programs. Photo: Children enjoy locally grown strawberries at Malibu Country Mart 1 Billion People 192 Countries Mobilize the Earth