Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Themes

The American Chemical Society began celebrating Earth Day in 2003. Each year the Committee on Community Activities chooses an annual theme to help give direction and variety to that year’s celebration.

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) theme names will not repeat, but they will rotate through the general topics of water, atmosphere, plants/soil and recycling.

Although the materials below are from past celebrations, they cover topics that will always be relevant to chemistry and earth.

General Topic - Date
Theme Name - Main Focus
Water - 2014 "The Wonders of Water" Explored the unique properties of water that are crucial for life and a cleaner environment.
"Best of" all topics - 2013
"Our Earth: Handle with Care!" The 10th anniversary of CCED incorporated the "best of" all areas from past CCED years (recycling, energy, soil/plants, air, water).
Recycling - 2012 "Rethinking Recycling—It’s Easy to Be Green!" Focusing on the three R's: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Alternative Energy - 2011 “Energy – It’s Everywhere!” Focused on viable, alternative energy sources as a key aspect of sustainability.
Plants & Soil - 2010 Plants - The Green Machines! Focused on the chemistry of and uses of plants.
Atmosphere - 2009 Air—The Sky is the Limit Focused on informing the public about ways to reduce one’s carbon emissions and thus human’s environmental impact on the planet.
Water - 2008 Streaming Chemistry Focused on the Earth’s water supply and how we can better sustain it.
Recycling - 2007 Recycling—Chemistry Can! Focuses on recyclable materials, how materials are sorted and ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Plants & Soil - 2006 Dig It! Explores the layers of the soil, movement of soil and erosion as well as movement of water and nutrients from the soil to plants.
Atmosphere - 2005 Air—Here, There Everywhere Looks at the different types of clouds, their chemical make-up and their role in the water cycle. Also emphasizes air as a gas that we don’t see, but is there.
Water - 2004 What Do You Know About H2O? Discusses water chemistry with emphasis on the pH of water and other common
substances, including rainwater from the local area.
Trees - 2003 (pilot year) “Chemis—TREE” Emphasizes the important role trees play in cleaning our air as well as the effects acid rain can have on trees in a particular area.