21, April 2023
Make Every Day Earth Day
Since its inception in the USA in 1970, Earth Day has become a global phenomenon, with over 1 billion people in 192 countries taking part. Earth Day is a brilliant opportunity to celebrate our planet and help protect its future. But what if you could keep the goodness going beyond the 22nd April? Follow our tips to help make every day Earth Day.
What Is Earth Day?
Earth Day is a global event held every year on 22nd April. It celebrates the planet we live on and raises awareness of the issues of climate change. Established in the USA in 1970, when awareness of environmental issues was relatively low, it’s grown to become an international event. It’s a chance to take stock and think about what we can do to help protect the future of Planet Earth. And right now, that’s more important than ever.
What Can I Do to Help Planet Earth?
From clean-ups to concerts, there are hundreds of special Earth Day events you can get involved in; just search EarthDay.org’s interactive map. But why not use April 22nd as a starting point for making every day Earth Day? We’re always thinking of ways to help our world, like appointing Nature to our board, balancing our carbon through the World Land Trust and planting trees with TreeSisters. And on a personal level, small changes that we can all make small changes at home and to our daily routines to help heal the planet. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Refill: We talk about refilling a LOT, but that’s because it’s a genuinely brilliant way to cut down on your plastic use and carbon emissions. Yes, you can bulk-buy our products in refills, but you can also refill dried food and other household staples, reducing plastic packaging. Check out our map to find a refill store in your area.
Join a Litter Pick: Does rubbish in your neighbourhood get you down? As well as making the place look untidy, litter can be harmful to wildlife and end up in our waterways. Do something about it by joining (or starting) a local regular litter-pick. Look out for details on local social media groups, or visit Keep Britain Tidy and learn more about becoming one of their #LitterHeroes.
Eat Less Meat: The meat and dairy industries emit enormous levels of carbon into our atmosphere every day, which is one reason why more and more people are opting for a plant-based diet. We get it, not everyone wants to go full veggie or vegan, but cutting down on the amount of meat you eat can help. A great place to begin is trying to eat vegetarian one day a week. The Meat Free Monday website is packed with recipes and tips.
Walk or Cycle: If you’re a car owner and you’re able, you can help reduce pollution by taking short trips on foot or by bicycle. You don’t need to spend a fortune on a bike; check Facebook Marketplace, eBay and Gumtree for great deals on second-hand ones. Cars and taxis make up 77% of the traffic on the roads, whilst bikes make up just 1%. Help change that – enjoy fresh air and exercise, as well as the knowledge you’ve got from A to B without releasing any carbon into the atmosphere. Find out more about starting to cycle through the Big Bike Revival.