Earth Day Anthem
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Copyright © 2010 - on
William Wallace
Apex, North Carolina

Updated: April 11, 2015
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Earth Day was founded April 22, 1970, and many consider it to be the birth of the modern environmental movement.

Earth Day falls on April 22 each year, which is widely recognized as the "official" day by most groups.  Often many other community events with an environmental theme are scheduled to coincide with the week Earth Day is celebrated.  Although not recognized as a holiday in the US, it nonetheless receives asattention and interest as other holidays.

There are few symbols or activities that are universally observed on Earth Day, that may stem from the number of people that participate each year.  One source estimates 175 countries and over 500 million participants.

The closest Earth Day has come to any common symbol is the "Earth Day Flag" - a picture of the earth from space on a deep blue background.  There are many songs that are performed on Earth Day, that generally fall into two categories.  Popular songs by contemporary artists not specific to Earth Day that are under copyright, or new lyrics adapted to children's songs.  Creating new lyrics that are easily translated into multiple languages, and set to a universally recognized melody in the public domain, does not appear to have been attempted.

The "Earth Day Anthem" satisfies these requirements for a universal song associated with Earth Day.  Ludwig van Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" melody is already the official anthem of the European Union (in that case purely instrumental without lyrics), the melody is widely recognized and easily performed, in the public domain, and originally composed for voice.

The underlying tune for "Ode to Joy" is in the public domain, HOWEVER, derivative music arrangements, lyrics, performances, and recordings published in the USA beginning 1923 and thereafter are generally not.  This arrangement and original lyrics are under copyright - US Copyright Office Case Number 1-460476191.

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Credit: "Used with permission of William Wallace, Apex, North Carolina".  While it may seem paradoxical for a copyright on material intended for wide distribution and performance without charge, it is the only method to ensure the work is not used inappropriately.
Joyful Joyful we adore our earth in all its wonderment

Simple gifts of nature that all join into a paradise

Now we must resolve to protect her

Show her our love through out all time

With our gentle hand and touch

We make our home a newborn world

Now we must resolve to protect her

Show her our love through out all time

With our gentle hand and touch

We make our home a newborn world
Original lyrics below are sung to the melody "Ode to Joy" by Ludwig van Beethoven:

Translation of "earth day anthem"

arabic        يوم الأرض النشيد

bulgarian      химн Ден на Земята

chinese        地球日 专题歌

czech          Den Země hymna

danish         Jordens Dag hymne

dutch          de hymne van de aardedag

english        earth day anthem

filipino       lupa araw na awit

finnish        Earth Day hymni

french         hymne de jour de terre

german         Erdetages Hymne

greek          ύμνος γήινης ημέρας

hebrew         יום כדור הארץ ההמנון

hindi          पृथ्वी दिन गान

hungarian      Föld napja himnusz

icelandic      Earth Day þjóðsöngur

indonesian     lagu hari bumi

italian        inno di giorno di terra

japanese       アースデーの祝歌

korean         지구의 날 축가

norwegian      jorden dagen nasjonalsang

persian        زمین سرود روز

polish         hymn Dzień Ziemi

portguese      hino do dia de terra

romanian       Ziua Pământului imn

russian        гимно дня земли

slovak         Deň Zeme hymna

spanish        himno del día de tierra

swedish        Earth Day nationalsång

thai           เพลงวันคุ้มครองโลก

turkish        toprak gün marşı

ukrainian      гімн День Землі
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'Earth Day Anthem' by Barbara George © 1990

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