Earth Day

On Sunday 22 April, tens of thousands of runners took part in the London Marathon.

Entrants faced scorching temperatures and an unforgiving sun, attempting to claim the pride and satisfaction of completing the notorious course.

Earth Day is an annual event, raising awareness and action for environmental issues across the globe.

With over a billion participants in 195 countries, it is officially the world’s largest civic observance. The event was founded in America, 1970. The event played a key role in the introduction of the Clear Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

Within twenty years the event expanded internationally and has been celebrated in Britain ever since.

This year’s Earth Day was focused on plastic pollution, an extremely potent issue for British audiences. David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II highlighted the damage caused by plastic in our oceans, and was met with a passionate public response.

Plastic pollution has become the most talked about environmental issue, as food giants abandon plastic straws and the government outlined plans to introduce a plastic bottle deposit return scheme.

One of the highlights of this year’s event came from London’s S o m e r s e t House, where a series of free exhibits and talks helped captivate the capital.

I n t e r n a t i o n a l organisations have also used the focus to promote their existing good work on the subject. ‘Liter of Light’ uses old plastic bottles to provide light energy to some of the world’s least connected villages.

With the added attention this Earth Day brings, it aims to reach one million homes by the end of this year.

A little closer to home, UEA also celebrated Earth Day in its own way.

Utilising the resources of our campus, ‘Sustainable UEA’ organised free walks and activities showcasing the natural beauty of the green spaces around our university.

Earth Day 2018 has been and gone, yet there remains a great deal we students can do to help. Some of us may wish to organise events for next year’s celebration, but for the rest of us, the Earth Day Network has released nine tips for how to live with less plastic.

They are: ‘bringing your own shopping bag, carrying a reusable water bottle, bringing your own cup, packing your lunch in reusable containers, saying no to reusable straws and cutlery, skipping plastic produce bags, eating in rather than dining out, storing leftovers in glass jars, and finally sharing these tips with your friends.’


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