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Thu, 22 Apr 2021 02:00:00 +0100

Thursday 22 April 2021 marks international Earth Day co-ordinated by the Earth Day Network with more than one billion people in 192 countries making it the 

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Thursday 22 April 2021 marks international Earth Day co-ordinated by the Earth Day Network with more than one billion people in 192 countries making it the largest civic observance in the world.

The theme this year is ‘Restore Our Earth’ and focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems.

As the world returns to normal, we can’t go back to business as usual and Shoosmiths is on a net zero emissions pathway as one of our key sustainability priorities. We aim for our operations to become net zero by 2025, we have committed to the Science Based Targets initiative to set science-based emissions reduction targets across the entire value chain that are consistent with keeping global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and we have established a sustainable travel policy statement.

We are also proud to be part of @BITC’s #Challenge2030 campaign to make the climate crisis history. Businesses must accelerate the transition to climate resilience and net zero carbon as close to 2030 as possible. Whatever stage you’re at now is the chance for business to step up: https://bit.ly/2PDDS2x #EarthDay2021 #BuildBackResponsibly

In promoting Earth Day to staff we suggested a number of ideas to ‘Restore our Earth’:

We also asked staff to share stories and tips about what they have done to live more sustainably over the last 12 months.

This information is for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. It is recommended that specific professional advice is sought before acting on any of the information given.

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Thu, 22 Apr 2021 02:00:00 +0100

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The 51st annual Earth Day is coming up on Thursday, with the majority of events once again being held digitally, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Earth Day is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement. It works in 192 countries, and aims to “diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide”.

The highlight of this year’s event is the second ever Earth Day Live, which starts streaming live on its website from 5pm.

But there are plenty of other ways to get involved, whether you are an individual, part of a group, or a school.

Earth Day has been held on 22 April ever since it inception in 1970.

The concept was proposed by peace activist John McConnell at a 1969 Unesco conference in San Francisco, and was originally planned to be on 21 March, the first day of spring.

A month later United States Senator Gaylord Nelson proposed a nationwide environmental teach-in on 22 April, an event which consumed McConnell’s plan.

It was named Earth Day, and its purpose grew, culminating in it becoming the largest single day protest in human history.

On Earth Day 2016, the Paris Agreement, which focuses on climate change, was signed by more than 120 countries, including the UK, United States and China.

The theme of this year’s Earth Day is “Restore Our Earth”. The organisation said: “We’ll cover natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems.”

Other topics will include:

This year Earth Day will be marked with three days of climate action.

It will begin on Tuesday 20 April with a global youth climate summit led by Earth Uprising, in collaboration with My Future My Voice, OneMillionOfUs and hundreds of youth climate activists.

In the evening the Hip Hop Caucus and its partners will present the “We Shall Breathe” virtual summit. This digital event will examine climate and environmental justice, connecting the climate crisis to issues of pollution, poverty, police brutality, and the pandemic, all within a racial justice framework.

On Wednesday Education International will lead the “Teach for the Planet: Global Education Summit.”

This multilingual virtual summit will span several time zones and feature prominent activists from every continent.

Then on Earth Day itself the organisation will hold its second Earth Day Live digital event on its website.

“World climate leaders, grassroots activists, nonprofit innovators, thought leaders, industry leaders, artists, musicians, influencers, and the leaders of tomorrow will come to push us towards a better world,” it said.

You can sign up to volunteer for Earth Day on its website. All you need to do is enter your details, and you will be contacted with volunteering opportunities near you.

It is also possible to register your own Earth Day event, which you can do here.

One of the major ways to get involved in Earth Day is through cleanups.

Lots of group cleanups have already been organised, so you can join an existing one, or you can get some friends and family together and register your own.

You can also sign up to do an individual cleanup, or even attempt “plogging”, which is the art of jogging while picking up litter.

Schools often run Earth Day events, to teach their pupils about the importance of the environment and climate change.

Project Learning Tree has created a list of resources to help schools run Earth Day events. It also recommends simply taking children out on a nature walk, and teaching them this way.

You can find a map of existing Earth Day events here.

– April 22, 2021
Earth Day Shoosmiths supports 2021