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Friday, April 21, 2017

Earth Day 1970 – 2017: What’s Changed?

Earth Day
1970 – 2017
What’s Changed?
American Museum of Natural History
Published on Apr 20, 2017

The first Earth Day was in 1970. What’s changed since? 
  1. Our population has doubled. 
  2. We’re emitting 2.4 times more CO2. 
  3. Sea levels have risen 4 inches. 
But the world has also changed for the better. See how our actions since 1970 have added up.

For details about the Museum's Earth Day programming and to RSVP for the Earth Day Kickoff, please visit

Family and Childrens Programs
Earth Day at the Museum
Saturday, April 22

Join us on Earth Day to celebrate the vital role that science plays in society and in our individual lives.

Earth Day Kickoff
At 9 am, Museum scientists and staff will celebrate Earth Day and welcome participants in the March for Science NYC, with coffee and doughnuts for the first 1,000 attendees on the Museum steps on Central Park West. In light of the large crowds expected on Saturday, please RSVP if you plan to join us. And please bring your own coffee mug!

When the Museum opens at 10 am, Earth Day programming will include:

Data-driven graphics displayed throughout the Museum highlighting changes in Earth’s environments since the first Earth Day 47 years ago, based on data from publicly-funded federal agencies such as National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Highlights tours of the Museum, focusing on conservation stories

Screenings of the documentary Saving My Tomorrow, presented by HBO and the American Museum of Natural History, featuring Museum scientists and students from the Museum's Science and Nature Program, in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life

The Museum's way-finding app Explorer will feature a new Earth Day selection.
Executive Producer  AMNH/V. Trakinski
Writer/Producer  AMNH/L. Moustakerski
Animator  AMNH/S. Krasinski
Sound Design  AMNH/J. Morfoot
Scientific Advisors   AMNH/A. Porzecanski
Center for Biodiversity and Conservation

Endangered Species International
EPA, America’s Children and the Environment, 2015
EPA, Our Nation’s Air: Trends Through 2015
Global Carbon Atlas
IPCC, Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report, 5th Assessment
IUCN Red List
UN Environment Programme, Ozone Secretariat
UN Food and Agriculture Organization
UN, World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision
US Fish & Wildlife Service
van Dijk, A., et al., “Skin cancer risks avoided by the Montreal Protocol,” Photochemistry and Photobiology, 2012
WWF, Living Planet Report 2016

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