International Earth Day is tomorrow (Thursday 22 April) and this year’s theme is “Restore Our Earth”, urging us to focus not only on how we can reduce our impact on the planet but also on how we might actively repair ecosystems.
We can all do our bit. Whether that is ditch the car for the day and walk to work/school/shops. Go on a litter clean up. Avoid single use plastic when buying food or drink and visit Henley Charter Market tomorrow to buy local produced products. Buy coffee in own mugs or support Drifters Coffeehouse Don’t Be a Mug initiative. Go vegetarian or vegan for the day. Upcycle something. Plant some seeds. There’s many ways you can help. What will you do? Share your pictures on social media #earthdayhenley.
Young people love to get involved. Young Climate Warriors, a charity based in Henley is inspiring a national team of ‘young climate warriors’. They provide resources for children in KS2 and KS3 to help them learn and understand about climate change and feel empowered to reflect, discuss and choose their own informed path of action. They have set young people two challenges for Earth Day. The first is to head outside and look for bees and other bugs and find out a bit more about how climate change is affecting our crucial pollinators? This great Woodland Trust Nature Detective Minibeast Activity Sheet can help. The second challenge is for Young Climate Warriors to write to their MP? Let their MP know they are Young Climate Warriors, and ask their MP to share the Young Climate Warriors website link with other schools in their constituency? A link to find the name of their MP and their email address can be found here https://members.parliament.uk/members/Commons
Henley’s Warrior on Waste, Lynne Lambourne (photo below) was featured on the front of the Home section in the Metro newspaper yesterday showing how to upcycle a suitcase into a storage table to mark Earth Day. She said, “So much stuff is sent to landfill every year that with a bit of creativity could be upcycled and repurposed. It’s time to stop being so wasteful and think more carefully about our use of resources. A beautiful home shouldn’t cost the Earth.” You can check out some of Lynne’s other great ideas on her Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/lynnelambourne/
Greener Henley will be posting interesting links to articles, posts, photos, websites, films etc. throughout the day tomorrow on their social media pages on what you can do and how you might get involved in local planet-friendly activities. Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/GreenerHenley/ or https://www.instagram.com/greenerhenley/