Earth Day 2020
What is Earth Day?
Earth Day was created 22nd April, 1970, when 20million people protested together and attracted attention to the looming climate crisis. During the protest they identified important connections between human health and the health of the planet, they demanded a new, healthier future for our planet. Many of the people involved in this protest were key in launching the modern environmental movement, and sparked a new wave of action and laws. Earth Day is celebrated on the 22nd April every year, it’s about raising awareness about the importance of protecting our planet and taking action.
Celebrating 50 years
This year, Earth Day will be celebrating 50 years of environmental action. A huge amount has changed within those 50 years; The Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts were created in response to the first Earth Day in 1970. In 2016, the United Nations chose Earth Day as the day when the historic Paris Agreement on climate change was signed. Despite this, raising awareness, changing damaging habits and creating protective laws remains a priority of Earth Day.
How Could I help?
There’s so much you can do to help protect and restore our planet. By celebrating Earth Day, you could be part of a community of over 1 billion people who take part in this event every year. Have a look at the next page to find a few ideas or come up with you own. Share them by sending them into school and we will try and get some up on the website.
Remember, you don’t need to wait until you are older to make a difference, it is possible to make a real change now.
- Make a pledge and stick to it.
You could either develop a pledge for yourself, or have a discussion with your family and develop a
family pledge. Write it down, even illustrate it if you want, and stick it up in the house to remind yourself.
- Plant a tree or donate to a charity that does
If possible, plant a tree or shrub around your home. If you can’t, have a look into donating to a charity that can.
- If safe and possible, go on a nature walk
Make your nature walk fun, here are a few suggestions:
- Go on a scavenger hunt, but look for natural objects, such as woodlice, water, bark, leaves, slugs, snails, ladybugs, webs, and many more…
- Collect natural art supplies (make sure you check it is safe for yourself and the environment before you do so). Either create an outdoor collage on the ground, or take them home and create your master pieces.
- Observe what nature has to offer, try and identify birds, insects, plants or animals your saw on your walk.
- Fun maths! Calculate the number of steps you take, who takes more steps? Calculate the average speed of your walk. Measure the diameter of trees. Estimate e.g. the length of your walk, the height/size of objects or insects you see.
- Geography: Create a map of your walk, including key features or interesting information you collected.
- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
- Calculate your impact on the Earth by conducting a waste and energy audit of your house. Discuss with your family what you could do to improve.
- Investigate and present the lifecycle of objects around your home. Include organic and inorganic objects, e.g. apples, bread, shoes, even a phone. Research from the extraction of raw materials, to the energy and process involved in making the product, to its use and finally its decomposition stage of life.
It may help you realise why we need to reduce, reuse and recycle our waste.
- Compost as much food waste as possible.
- Make an Earth Day sign/poster for your window, try and encourage and inspire others to take part.
- Litter pick. If it is safe and possible, go on a litter pick in your local area. Report your collection online (there are links to litter pick pages on the school website).
- Make an informative presentation or video that could go on the school website. Possible topics include (but aren’t limited to); education, conservation and restoration, climate, plastic and pollution, people and communities.
- Write proposals to companies and lawmakers who you think could make a difference and send them. Remember, you are not too young to make a difference.