Do a good deed on World Earth Day

UN International Mother Earth Day (sometimes called World Earth Day) is on the 22nd April. This day celebrates planet earth and its many interdependent ecosystems. The day reminds us each that we have a collective responsibility to live in harmony with nature and achieve sustainable balance.

The UN have developed a series of Sustainable Development Goals. These range from ensuring there is no poverty and zero hunger to protecting the seas and supporting clean water and sanitation. Following these will mean that everyone can enjoy and prosper in the world.

Good deeds

You can support International Mother Earth Day by making a few simple changes or doing some good deeds.

1. ABC  = Always be carrying, whether it’s a reusable water bottle, a keep cup for take away coffee, or an extra bag for those last minute shopping trips. Don’t use single use plastic. It will end up in the ocean even if you bin it after use.

2. Plan meals carefully to avoid food waste or reuse uneaten food the next day.

3. Walking a few minutes each day is good for your physical and mental wellbeing. It can also support sustainability.

4. Grow a plant at home. Plants are good for clearing the air and it could also produce food. A chilli plant is easy to grow from either seeds or seedlings.

5. Switch off lights or devices when not in use. This is an easy one that any one can do.

bee team around hive
The City Bee Team examine one of the hives on top of Innovation Centre


Head to the City website to read more about the variety of schemes which City organises to ensure sustainability at City and to promote sustainable development in the community.

Love your planet/Love our oceans

You may have seen the increased media attention around the damage plastics are doing to our planet, in particular our oceans.  But did you know there are simple steps you could take to reduce your plastic use:

1. Rather than buying bottled water, make use of the water fountains around campus. We have one on Level 3 of Northampton Square Library.

2. Purchase a reusable cup and get a discount on hot drinks on campus and at many high street stores.

3. Say no to plastic straws and disposable cutlery. It is possible to buy sets of travel or camping cutlery that you can store in a small case that easily fits into the pocket of a bag.

4. Take a bag with you when you go shopping. This will not only reduce your plastic use but also save you paying 5p for a new one. If you regularly buy loose fruit and vegetables, you could cut the waste even further by reusing plastic bags for your fruit and vegetables!

5. Avoid excessive food packaging. Record how much plastic you use over the course of a week and consider whether there are alternatives. If you are unable to avoid excessive food packaging when shopping and are feeling brave, then take it off and leave it at the till. This becomes feedback to the supermarket that excessive packaging is not welcome.