It’s Earth Day tomorrow. Do something with the kids to celebrate and help preserve the Planet. It doesn’t matter how big the gesture, it’s all in the doing.
Here’s some ideas to get you going.
Plant something. Whatever suits your budget a seed, plant, shrub or tree. Did you know that 33 soccer pitches of trees are cut down every minute worldwide.
Eat veggie for the day. Need some inspiration? Here’s some great veggie recipes.
Direct emissions of methane from cows and pigs is a significant source of greenhouse gases. Methane is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a global warming gas.
Leave the car at home and walk to school. Get up earlier if that’s what is needed or if it’s too far to walk, jump on the bus.
Make a rainwater catcher – All you need is an old plastic water bottle, with the top cut off and the label removed. Using a permanent marker and ruler show your child how to mark inches on the outside of the bottle with their pen. Find a suitable place for the bottle to stand in the garden, making sure it’s well supported so it won’t topple over (perhaps dig it into the flower beds or place some stones around the base to keep it upright). Recycle and use the caught water for watering the garden.
Switch off standby - switch off all applicances at the mains or pull the plug out. If everyone in the UK stopped using standby for a year, the entire population of Glasgow could fly to New York and back and we’d still cut greenhouse gases.
Quitting standby in the UK would save £700m of energy in the UK annually – enough to pay the energy bills of nearly 800,000 homes. If the whole world followed suit, it would avoid 1% of global CO2 emissions, about 240 million tonnes of CO2
Buy Britsh and shop locally. It’s not just the carbon footprint of your personal travel you need to consider. Think about how far the food on your plate has had to travel, and yes that includes the wine!