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Earth Day 2023 mobilized more than one billion people across the world who are dedicated to the health of the environment and future generations.   

 The theme of Earth Day 2023 was “Invest in Our Planet.” It called on people in communities, businesses and governments worldwide to work together on behalf of the environment and increase protections for ecosystems.  

Earth Day is held every year on April 22. Since the first observance in 1970, Earth Day has grown into the largest civic observance in the world. People spend the day hiking, paddling and enjoying the outdoors, as well as participating in cleanup and restoration projects. It’s an opportunity to think about how our lives impact the environment. This year, consider what you can do to incorporate positive environmental practices into your daily routine, so each day is Earth Day.  


DEP staff celebrate Earth Day 2023 with cleanups, educational exhibits and activities and events.
CD employees group photo with collection bags at Festival Park cleanup event Central District staff with educational activity Earth Day 2023 Northeast District educational exhibit
South District Earth Day 2023 educational exhibit Zero Emissions bus Southeast-District-Cleanup-2

Practice Every Day is Earth Day 

Protecting our Earth, Economy and Future 

At the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) every day is Earth Day. The agency works year-round to protect and restore Florida’s natural resources by:  

  • Conserving the state’s natural and cultural history by acquiring environmentally sensitive lands.  

  • Using science to identify impaired water bodies and work with local communities to implement restoration and pollution prevention projects.  

  • Investing in our water quality protection and restoration projects.

  • Overseeing cleanup of contaminated sites to protect the environment and public health.  

  • Regulating air emissions sources to protect air quality.  

  • Working with communities to identify and implement projects to improve resiliency. 

  • Communicating real-time water quality status to Florida residents and other interested parties.

  • Enforcing the state’s environmental laws.  

  • Providing recreational opportunities for the public to enjoy Florida’s natural resources through the Florida State Parks. 

We can all take steps to personally and positively impact our community and our shared environment. Remember, even small actions can make a big impact. Get started by minimizing actions that deliver nutrients and other pollutants into our waterways, reporting algal blooms, volunteering and staying informed.

Statewide Winners 2023 Earth Day Art Contest


2023-Earth-Day-Poster,-SWD 4th-Grade
Elementary Winner
Suah, 4th Grade, Chiles Elementary
"Only One Earth"
Earth Day Poster Contest 2023, middle school
Middle School Winner
Aisys, 7th Grade, Orlando Science Middle School
“Two Earths”
2023 Earth Day Poster Contest winner, high school
High School Winner
Kendall, 10th grade, Gulf High School
"Invest in our Future"



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