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Earth Day 2024: When is it and how can you get involved?


Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has served as a catalyst for environmental consciousness and advocacy worldwide.

Held annually on 22 April, this day symbolises a collective commitment to addressing pressing environmental challenges, from climate change to biodiversity loss.

This year, under the theme "Planet v Plastics," Earth Day's focus sharpens on one of the most critical environmental dilemmas of our era: plastic pollution. With a shocking 380 million tons of plastic churned out annually and only 9 percent ever finding its way into recycling streams, the call for immediate action is more important than ever.

Across the globe, Earth Day is commemorated through activities and initiatives that promote environmental awareness and sustainability. From community clean-up efforts to educational workshops and tree-planting campaigns, individuals and organisations come together to make a positive impact on the health of our planet.

What can you do in preparation for Earth Day 2024?

Everyone can celebrate Earth Day by committing to an activity or exercise. Here are some ideas:

🌱 Remove plastic and rubbish from your local beach, park or lake

🌱 Switch off your lights and all electrical devises for one hour on Earth Day

🌱 Explore local plastic-free stores or local markets to discover ways to change your shopping habits and minimise plastic usage during your grocery trips

🌱 Plant trees or native plants in your garden or community green spaces to support biodiversity and combat climate change

🌱 If you can, leave your car at home and walk, cycle or use public transport for a day

🌱 Reflect on your own habits and pledge to make small changes that have a positive impact on the planet, both on Earth Day and every day

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