Today is #EarthDay, the 51st edition of an international event celebrated across the world supporting environmental protection.
This year’s theme is ‘Restore Our Earth’ and it’s so important to remember that as well as all the major tasks the Government is focusing on, including leading on #COP26 and committing to reducing climate emissions by 78%.
I am also working on an Earth/Environment Event here in Derby North, to help raise wider awareness of the issues affecting our planet and work with local leaders to influence changes in #derby and across the country.
During the lockdown periods we have seen over the last year, there have been some large changes in the nature around us, whether this be goats wandering around a village, birds and other shy animals returning to areas usually full of people, or you may even have found a nearby natural beauty spot you never knew existed.
To help preserve the abundance in nature that many of us are now more aware of there are also so many small things we can do to reduce our carbon footprint and allow the nature around us to flourish, restore, regrow and thrive. These changes could be eating a little less meat each week; switching to locally sourced products, walking or cycling rather than driving; taking steps to recycle more and using fewer single-use plastic products or increasing the biodiversity of your garden by adding some more flowers or plants, building a bug house or hedgehog home, or putting a bowl of water with stones so bees can have a rest and a drink.
Similarly, there are so many local groups who do fantastic work to preserve and protect our local spaces; if you can, why not get involved with them and their work to learn more about how we can protect and restore the natural environment around us.
There are so many little ways we can all help make a change, and when you add those changes together, they could change the world.