Spring is a time when we can almost feel the countryside coming to life, from insects and birds appearing, buzzing and chattering, to buds appearing on the trees. Everything feels vibrant and full of lively potential. It is more important than ever to work to protect the planet and leave as little an imprint on it as possible. After all, it is our only home!
Recently there have been proposals to introduce a plastic bottle recycling scheme in the UK with a refundable deposit paid on each plastic bottle bought. Whatever your thoughts on the idea, something needs to be done about our reliance on single use plastics and the horror they are creating in the oceans.
On April the 22nd it’s Earth Day with a focus this year on putting an end to plastic pollution. From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet. In response, Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behaviour about plastics.
Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. They work through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns. The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage.
So this Earth Day, why not gather a group of friends and family together and pick up litter in your local community. Every small thing will help to repair the damage we’ve done to this now plastic planet.