Earth Day 2022
Make Every Day an Earth Day!
“The truth is: the natural world is changing. And we are totally dependent on that world. It provides our food, water and air. It is the most precious thing we have and we need to defend it.” – David Attenborough.
How did it all start?
Earth Day was founded in 1970, by a US Senator (Gaylord Nelson) after he witness the ravages of the 1969 oil spill. Earth Day was inspired by the student anti-war movement, Nelson realised that if he could combine that energy with the emerging public awareness about the environment, then it could be pushed into the national political agenda. The 22nd April was chosen as the date for Earth Day because it was between the American Spring Break and end of year exams.
“The world must come together to confront climate change. There is little scientific dispute that if we do nothing, we will face more drought, famine and mass displacement that will fuel more conflict for decades.” – Barack Obama
This Earth Day
The Earth Day theme for 2022 is ‘Invest In Our Planet’. There are Earth Day events taking place across the globe with activities. In the UK, including an Earth Day Art club in London and a ‘Nurturing New Nature’ initiative in Cambridge. You can find activities closer to you here: https://www.earthday.org/
“The climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions. All we have to do is to wake up and change.” Greta Thunberg
Be the difference
The Great Global Cleanup, this is a worldwide campaign to remove billions of pieces of trash from neighborhoods, beaches, rivers, lakes, trails, and parks — reducing waste and plastic pollution, improving habitats, and preventing harm to wildlife and humans. Learn more here: https://www.earthday.org/campaign/cleanup/
What is sustainable fashion? The fashion industry is responsible for over 8% of total greenhouse gas emissions. Sustainable Fashion refers to a clothing supply chain that is ecologically and socially responsible. Find out more here: https://action.earthday.org/the-fashion-industry-must-change
The Canopy Project, this is aiming to improve our shared environment by planting trees across the globe. Since 2010, the Earth Day Organisation has planted tens of millions of trees with The Canopy Project, working worldwide to strengthen communities. You can find out more here: https://www.earthday.org/campaign/the-canopy-project/
Climate Literacy, this is a project aiming to create a generation of citizens, workers, students, and leaders ready for climate change. They are trying to improve public understanding of how to stop climate change and environmental harm. You can find out more here: https://www.earthday.org/campaign/climate-environmental-literacy/
“We are in the midst of a crisis that is now, I hope, well understood. Global warming, climate change, the devastating loss of biodiversity are the greatest threats that humanity has ever faced and one largely of our own creation.” -Prince Charles
Make a difference in your daily life
If you would like to get involved without attending an official event, you can even try some of the following activities:
- Walk to work or school, cycle or take public transport
- Use a reusable coffee cup
- Make sure you recycle
- Go paperless as much as you can
- Hang birdseed ornaments
- Take a reuseable bag to the shop
- Plant a tree
- Go meat or dairy free at least once a week
- Carry a reusable water bottle or coffee cup.
- Build an insect hotel
- Grow your own fruit and veg
- Buy local produce
- Turn off unneeded lights.
- Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth.
- Most importantly…Spread the message!
There are so many ways to foster a love of nature and to motivate children into caring for our planet. These activities teach children how to reduce their carbon footprint, appreciate everything the earth gives us and take steps towards protecting the environment, and then hopefully… they will pass this on. And remember, you can always find more ideas and activities on our blog here: https://reschool.co.uk/blogs
Happy Earth Day!
Adam and Patrick
The Reschool Team