The first Earth Day happened in 1970 and was started in America. It wasn't until 1990 that Earth Day went global. It was spurred by the every growing public awareness about the condition of the planet.
"In the decades leading up to the first Earth Day, Americans were consuming vast amounts of leaded gas through massive and inefficient automobiles. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of the consequences from either the law or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. Until this point, mainstream America remained largely oblivious to environmental concerns and how a polluted environment threatens human health." ()
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The UK recycling rate for waste from households was 45% in 2018, decreasing from 45.5% in 2017.
There was an EU target for the UK to recycle at least 50% of household waste by 2020. (Source: gov.uk)
Recycling can be a great way to give new life to household objects. Check out the Activity Hub where Sue will show you how to reuse your baked bean tins and turn them into decorative storage containers!
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Kiss the Ground (2020)
This interesting documentary, narrated by Woody Harrelson, explores the importance of soil within agriculture and examines the argument for 'regenerative farming' techniques. The documentary shows stark comparisons and how applying regenerative techniques can heal landscapes and help the Earth. Worth a watch.
Nature is a free wellbeing tool everyone can use and for many people, especially during the pandemic, nature has been a way to recharge their batteries and positivity. For Jenny in the Communications team, cold open water swimming is a way to reconnect with herself and to ease the anxieties and troubles of the day. Our Finance Director, Bernard, often finds himself under a canopy of trees in a deep state of mindfulness. This is what the Japanese call shinrin-yoku or ‘forest bathing’. It simply means slowing down and engaging with nature on a sensory level and can have numerous health benefits. Read about their experiences and others' wellbeing stories here: