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An early Earth Week logo from the 1970s. 

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Calendar of Events

Second Annual Earth Day Expo
, Helena, Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Carroll College campus. Hosted by the Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO), Carroll College Environmental Program, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, and the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation. Interactive displays, educational programs, food vendors, live music, and electronic recycling. More info: DNRC and AERO

Montana Audubon's 9th Annual Earth Day Celebration, Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Billings. A day of volunteerism at the Center, 7026 S. Billings Blvd. More info: 

Gardiner Earth Day Celebration, Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Gateway to Yellowstone Park. More info.

Whitefish Earth Day Celebration, Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the lawn of the Whitefish Middle School. More info.

To celebrate Red Lodge's new electric vehicle charging station, an Earth Day block party is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2017. For more info, contact Katelynn Essig, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Red Lodge:  

Free E-Waste Recycling Event, Saturday, April 22, 2017, Gallatin County, Logan. Helena Industries joins Gallatin County for a free e-waste recycling day at the landfill outside of Logan, west of Bozeman. The normal fee for e-waste will be waived. More info

Bozeman's clean up day will be held in conjuction with Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, 2017.  Meet at the Public Library. More info.

A musical and artistic Earth Day event is planned around the issue of Snow Geese and the Berkeley Pit, Butte, April 22, 2017, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall. More info:

Dillon and the University of Montana Western is planning an Earth Day Festival and recycling drive at Depot Park on Saturday, April 22, 2017. More info.

Clark Fork River Cleanup, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Sponsored annually by the Clark Fork Coalition, this cleanup day is the social event of spring as hundreds of volunteers get the job done. Last year almost 700 volunteers recovered two tons of trash and recycled 651 pounds of recyclables. More info: 


Earth Day 1970 and Silent Spring

On April 22, 1970, 20 million people across the U.S. celebrated the first Earth Day. It was a time when cities were buried under their own smog and polluted rivers caught fire in this country. The U.S. and Montana lacked environmental regulations to prevent contamination.

Rachel Carson’s 1962 expose, Silent Spring was a major shout out that our ecology is vulnerable and launched the environmental movement that led to protective laws on the books. Today, the DEQ and other agencies enforce those laws, as well as work to improve them.