about 1 month ago by Lewis Manners

World Earth Day 2022: Cherry's Top Tips

World Earth Day

​Today we are celebrating the 52nd Anniversary of World Earth Day! This widely recognised movement that originated in the United States, has grown to become a global call to action, marked by over 1 billion people in over 190 countries; becoming the largest environmental movement in the world! The climate crisis is not going to go away, we need to spread awareness to change human behaviour and encourage global, national, and local policy changes. The theme for this year is ‘invest in our planet,’ focusing on the collective effort from all of us – businesses, governments and citizens must act boldly, innovate broadly, and implement equitably to make the key changes that will preserve and protect our environment. We wanted to take this opportunity to give you some top tips on how you can have an influence and be a part of World Earth Day.

Our number 1 top tip is to educate yourself on the climate crisis. Some people may have a vague idea of what climate change is from seeing a news story or watching a short documentary but it’s important to explore relevant and factual sources to understand why it’s happening and what differences you can make to protect our livelihoods and planet. I would recommend getting to grips with the fundamentals by looking at the key evidence from the scientific community and think about the impacts on the world as well as your local community. The next step is individual action, the United Nations ActNow campaign has an action guide that will help to give you ideas on how you can make a difference.

One part of this action guide is considering how you travel to work, why not try cycling to work or taking public transport instead of driving your petrol/diesel car everyday into work. For every car that isn’t on the road, there will be less congestion and lower carbon emissions. Increased investment into public transport and cycle lanes have made it easier than ever for you to leave your car keys at home and switch to more sustainable modes of transport.

A lot of us are in the habit now of recycling where possible, however, this is actually the least effective of the 4 R’s –reduce, reuse, repair and then recycle. It’s much more important to reduce consumption in the first place, examples include reusing plastic shopping bags and refilling water bottles instead of buying single use plastic bottles. Before throwing items away make the effort to repair and fix them. Could you repair the hole in your jeans instead of buying a new pair? When you’ve tried everything else, it’s time to recycle anything you can, this includes metal, wood, paper, most plastics and electronic e-waste.

These are just some of our top tips but If you want to learn more about World Earth Day then click the link below to see their dedicated website that gives you more information about campaigns such as The Canopy Project and The Great Global Clean Up while also giving you the opportunity to donate and become a member.

World Earth Day 2022 Website