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  • Writer's pictureLaura Alliss

When Is Earth Day And Why Does It Matter?

Updated: May 3

The first Earth Day was on April 22, 1970, in the United States. The day started because of growing concerns over the pollution, deforestation, and the degradation of natural resources. Over the years, Earth Day has evolved from an event in the US into a global movement, celebrated all over the world in over 192 countries. 

Today, it serves as an important reminder of the ongoing struggle to protect our planet and to try to live sustainably, something we care deeply about at Green Flare.


Earth Day in the UK


Today, Earth Day is celebrated across the UK with different events, activities, and initiatives organised by individuals, communities, schools, businesses, and environmental organisations. Bristol was one of the first UK cities to adopt the event, and now hosts a range of Earth Day events, including clean-up drives, workshops, eco-friendly markets, and educational programs. 

London also hosts many different Earth Day events, ranging from environmental fairs and exhibitions to tree planting events and community clean-ups. Various organisations, including environmental NGOs, community groups, and educational institutions, come together every year to raise awareness about environmental issues and promote sustainable living.


Earth Day 2024

This year's Earth Day is set to be a big one, and the theme is set as Planet vs Plastics. The organisers explain that “for Earth Day 2024, EARTHDAY.ORG is unwavering in our commitment to end plastics for the sake of human and planetary health, demanding a 60% reduction in the production of ALL plastics by 2040”. Their stated aim is to create a plastic free planet that can be enjoyed by future generations.


Earth Day serves as an important reminder of the urgent need to protect and preserve our planet's natural resources, biodiversity, and ecosystems. This year's "End Plastic Pollution" campaign raises awareness about the detrimental effects of plastic pollution on both people and also the ecosystem health, emphasising that the choices we make every day can have a huge impact on this global issue.


As we approach Earth Day 2024, the focus is on urgent environmental issues more than ever. By 2050, there will be more plastic pieces in the oceans than there are fish. Plastic pollution poses significant threats to our oceans, wildlife, and our own health. When plastic waste ends up in the ocean, it harms marine life, endangers species and can release harmful chemicals into the water, impacting the water quality and posing risks to both marine and human health. By educating and empowering people, the end plastic campaign encourages businesses, schools, organisations and individuals to take proactive steps to reduce their plastic consumption.


The Canopy Project


The Canopy Project is a global initiative, as part of Earth Day, focused on helping prevent deforestation. Since its start, this project has successfully planted tens of millions of trees across more than 30 countries. You can participate directly by planting trees in your local community or by joining larger tree planting initiatives organised by the Earth Day Network and its partners.


Earth Day Activities


There are a wide range of different activities and events you can join in on Earth Day. You can help clean up beaches, take part in photography competitions, attend art workshops, plant trees, learn about removing invasive species, attend nature identification courses, have plastic-free days, or join marches and rallies.


Even if you can't find a local Earth Day event, there are still many ways to get involved and make a difference. One of the simplest yet most effective ways to make a real difference is by conserving water. You can start by fixing leaks, installing water-saving devices such as low-flow taps and showerheads, and practising mindful water use habits like turning off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving.


You can also initiate or participate in a recycling or waste reduction program in your community. Hold yourself, your family and friends to proper recycling practices, reduce single-use plastic consumption, and encourage them to recycle and compost. If you want to really roll your sleeves up, you could even organise local community clean-ups, litter pickups, or tree planting events to improve public spaces.


Educate yourself and others about environmental issues and support local eco-friendly businesses and products. Knowledge and information is crucial to engendering change and every little action counts, so by making conscious choices in your daily life, and encouraging others to do the same, you can contribute to protecting our planet.


Renewable Energy


Investing in solar panels and heat pumps is a sustainable and efficient way to power your home or business, and reduces your reliance on fossil fuels. Learn more about options for renewable energy


There are countless ways to participate in Earth Day, including making renewable energy changes in your home, even if you can't find a local event to attend. Being sustainable is important now more than ever because our planet is facing serious environmental challenges with climate change, pollution, and plastic issues. These issues threaten the health of our ecosystems, wildlife, and communities, and they require immediate, urgent action to protect our planet for future generations. Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to make some sustainable changes to your life. Every small action can make a big difference in protecting our planet.

Green Flare’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and promoting sustainable energy sources aligns perfectly with Earth Day's mission. By offering eco-friendly options like solar panels and heat pumps, we are actively supporting Earth Day goals year on year, so that individuals and businesses can make environmentally responsible choices and also reduce their carbon footprint.

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