Earth Day: 6 ways you can make earth positive changes

1. Use your voice to make a collective impact. Here is our round up of 6 important petitions you can throw your weight to: 📣     
  • Ask the Government to double tree cover with Friends of the Earth
  • Get Amazon to offer plastic free packaging with
  • Support Wildlife Trusts and recommendations made regarding Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) 
  • Wildlife and Countryside LINK Coalition are calling on the Prime Minister to write the recovery of nature into the Environment Bill
  • Current laws are failing to protect UK seas, WWF call on the Department of Environment to to publicly commit to a 10 year UK Ocean recovery strategy by June 2021
  • Call on the Government to make sure there’s a clear plan to reduce pesticides and make the countryside a safer place for wildlife with Friends of the Earth

2. Educate and Immerse 📚  

We all know the wonders, joy and appreciation that being out in nature can give us. Go forth but remember to go lightly, leave no trace and for extra earth love pick up any litter whilst you are at it. And there are plenty of other ways to immerse yourself in the non physical sense too, here are our picks:

3. Cut the plastic tap🚰  

Less than 2% of plastic waste produced since the 1950s has been recycled, more than 90% has been landfilled or disposed of in the natural environment. Forbes. Ditching the single use plastic is a no brainer. Sorry (but not) for listing out the below, we reiterate the more obvious because they are 6 easy ones we can all do.

1.Loo roll 2.Re-usable coffee cup 3. Reusable drink bottle 4. Reusable bag 5. Daily soap 6.Do we need to write Straws, do we really still use those?

And for the sake of our forests, loo roll is front of the queue.

4. Change energy providers ⚡⚡

Last summer there were two months when none of the UK’s electricity came from coal, 1882 was the last time this happened. As the market moves increasingly to renewables, switching to green energy has never been easier

5. Eat more plants 🌽  our diet is a big factor when it comes to nature loss and climate change and ultimately, we can’t sustain the way we eat now. Here are 6 delicious vegetarian recipes perfect for this time of the year to inspire more veg in your life

  1. English garden toasts Anna Jones
  2. Use up your leftovers and make Pakora from Dabba Drop
  3. Asparagus cooking with Meera Sodha
  4. An oldie but a goodie for me Green bean hazelnut salad Ottolenghi
  5. Vegetarian picnic rolls Anna Jones
  6. Little Veggie eats for great kid friendly eating 

6. Find your green thumb 🌿 

For all the environmental pluses there is also the feel good factor here too. Welcome in the insects and pollinators by filling a pot or even rewilding your lawn with wildflowers. Growing your own herbs helps cut down on food miles, packaging and food waste too by only picking what you need and depending on what you plant they can welcome in the bees too.

Pollinating friendly plants

  • Snapdragon
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Lungwort
  • Chives