Today is World Earth Day

April 22nd marks the 50th anniversary of World Earth Day.

This is a worldwide event which began back in 1970 following on from a huge oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Its purpose is to tackle environmental issues such as climate change and pollution.

The theme for 2020 is climate action. It has come at such a poignant time as people worldwide have started to see for themselves the positive impact COVID-19 is having on our environment.

Around the world people are seeing an effect. The smog has lifted in cities such as Delhi. The canals in Italy are starting to run clear and Florida is reporting the endangered Sea Turtles are beginning to thrive. This is in such a short period of time.

Closer to home in Lancaster and Morecambe, the air we breathe feels cleaner. I can smell the salt in the sea air over a 1 mile away from the coast.

More wildlife has been spotted in across Lancaster and Morecambe. Graham from our sales team saw a baby kestrel in his garden in Bare and Michelle has had foxes in her garden. A client has told us she has seen either Dolphins or Porpoises in Morecambe Bay.

The skies are clearer, the views across Morecambe Bay to the Lakeland Hills are clearer and Clougha somehow looks so much closer now that we have a sharp, crisp view.

Of course, now that the roads are quieter there has been a huge drop in carbon emmissions not just in Lancaster & Morecambe but around the world. The question has to be, how can we all help moving forward in protecting our planet.

Here are 3 simple ways

  1. Plant Trees
  2. Recycle
  3. Cut down on pollution

Plant Trees – Planting trees not only make our streets and gardens look aesthetically prettier, they also improve our atmoshphere by helping to remove carbon from the atmoshphere

Recycling – We can all recycle and given the introduction of recycling bins to our homes, it has never been easier. Also consider upcycling. I once took a cruise – the amount of rubbish I saw floating in the China Seas was heartbreaking. It certainly made me think.

Cut down on pollutions – We can all cut down carbon emissions. Can you leave the car at home more and cycle or walk to work? John and I car share daily. Our aim is to move across to electric vehicles next.

We can all play our part today. If every household switched off their power for just 1 hour, we could save enough energy to boil a kettle 42.8 million times. Why don’t you consider doing that? It’s a start to better and cleaner future….

My name is Michelle Gallagher. Whilst I don’t live in Passiv House, I live in a home which was built to be environmentally consciousness and use less energy. I’m attempting to grown my own veg. The next car will be electric. If we all just tried to change one thing, together we can make a difference