Earth Day is an event celebrated every year on April 22nd to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

NET participated in the first Earth Day held in 1970 by dedicating the day to broadcasting programs related to threats on the environment.[1][2] Sesame Street aired Episode 0118 in which Gordon encourages everyone to clean up trash on the street.

For the Earth Day held in 1990, Time Warner produced a celebrity-filled television special for ABC, in the form of The Earth Day Special, with participation from the Muppets.

Adding to their growing list of National Wildlife Federation PSAs, The Jim Henson Company produced a public service announcement using Earth Day 1990's popular slogan, "Who Says You Can't Change the World?" The spot featured Kermit the Frog singing his signature song, "Bein' Green."[3]

A series of sketches produced for Good Morning America in 1992 included one in which Reporter Kermit broadcasts from the Planet Koozebane to observe their holiday rituals.

Sesame Street Episode 3867 aired during the week between Earth Day and Arbor Day in 2008 on PBS Kids Sprout and was described by the broadcast guide as an "Arbor Day Special" (trimmed down to 30 minutes).

In 2006, HIT Entertainment promoted their release of Fraggle Rock: Complete Second Season with an Earth Day themed gift package sent to the media for advance reviews of their product.

PBS used the Sesame Street song "We Are All Earthlings" in an Earth Day promo in 2007.

For Earth Day 2008, Macy's and Sesame Workshop announced there were supporting GreeNYC with a line of products which were promoted by way of a meet and greet with Oscar the Grouch and Caroll Spinney.

Elmo participated in NASA's request to create a Global Selfie for Earth Day in 2014.

Sesame Street Episode 4923 celebrates Earth Day.


  1. โ†‘ American Archive of Public Broadcasting โ€” AAPB ID cpb-aacip/512-125q815g35
  2. โ†‘ Rome, Adam. The Genius of Earth Day, pages 160
  3. โ†‘ Wild Things: Children's Culture and Ecocriticism by Sidney I. Dobrin and Kenneth B. Kidd, 2004, Wayne State University Press
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