• Kathryn Hulland

Earth Day 2022

Earth Day is a day dedicated to celebrating our planet and all that it provides for us. It is celebrated each year on April 22nd, and is a time when people around the world come together to take action on behalf of the environment.

Earth Day was first established in 1970, and has been celebrated annually ever since. The day was created as a way to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our planet and its resources. Earth Day is now recognised as the largest environmental event in the world, with over one billion people taking part in activities each year.

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There are many ways that you can get involved in Earth Day. One way is to simply learn more about the environment and what we can do to protect it. On the Earth Day website they have numerous resources to assist with this including a number of fact sheets relating to reforestation, plastic pollution and bees. Read them here.

You could consider making a one-off donation to an organisation like JUST ONE Tree who are planting trees in much needed areas, or even commit to a monthly donation. Read more about JUST ONE Tree and their work here.

Another way is to take action in your own community. This could involve picking up litter, planting trees, or even just spreading the word about Earth Day to your friends and family. Of course it doesn't have to be Earth Day you do these things - every day should be Earth Day, in which we take the best care for our planet. Have a look in your area and see what groups may be around that you could get involved in, locally to me there is as Sustainable Hub and litter picking group – there’s lots going on if you look for it!

Consider joining in groups that may help support you in making changes in the way you live that will support the planet. I joined Jen Gale's online “Knackered Mums Eco Club” last year and it has been fantastic, I have made so many changes as a result of the education I have received within the group. It's all about small changes, not being overwhelmed and absolutely no judgment from anyone, just support. So, if you are looking for ideas on what changes you can make, why we should be making them and support along the way take a look - click here

The Earth Day website contains a section listing ways in which you can take action - click here

We are all interconnected with Mother Earth, she is part of us and we owe it to her, for all that she gives us, to care for her and make the best decisions we can. My love for nature is part of my inspiration to do my best, but also more importantly the future that I want for my daughter. How could I look her in the eyes if I don't try, for it is the future generation who will really suffer if we do not take action now.

Whatever you do, remember that every little bit helps!

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