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.

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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.

Grab a free bottle and help heal the oceans

Today as part of Sustainable City Week 2017 Library Services will be handing out exclusive water bottles to City students and staff from 11:30 am in the Northampton Square Library.

Bottles
Get your hands on one of these (whilst stocks last)Joi
  • Britain consumes 3 billion litres of bottled water per year.
  • Typically bottled water retails at up to 500 times more than the price of tap water
  • The average student will spend £25,000 on bottled water and associated soft drinks in their lifetime.

The majority of bottled water is sold in PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles. All PET bottles can be recycled. Yet it is estimated that only 3 billion of the 13 billion plastic bottles of water sold in the UK  in 2007 were recycled.

Plastic waste, including bottles often end up in the oceans. The Eastern Garbage Patch is an area 6 times the size of England, where plastic outweighs plankton by 6:1. It is the world’s largest waste dump.

Together we can stop this happening. Join us today to get a free reusable bottle, whilst stocks last and let’s end plastic waste in the oceans.

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All facts from these pages:

Bottles up

Facts from University of Nottingham 

Plastic Oceans

Tapwater

What is City doing to reduce waste?