Over a billion people will join together for a mass celebration around the globe on April 22 this year.
So what is Earth Day?
This is a day to raise a glass to the planet – from our familiar shores to the deepest oceans; the intricate eco-system within our rainforests, to our vast deserts. Ultimately, Earth Day is a celebration of every living person and creature.
The planet will be the subject of discussion this Sunday, as a series of global conversations take place that hopefully might just lead to something bigger. This annual tribute to our planet fits hand in hand with the ethos here at Eden: to preserve and enrich the environment. And as David Attenborough said, ‘Surely we have a responsibility to leave for future generations a planet that is healthy, inhabitable by all species.’
On this thought-provoking day, we’ve teamed up with the buyers from our webshop to offer a few simple additions to your home and garden that have a positive impact on the planet.
According to the British Beekeepers’ Association, one third of the food we eat would not be available without bees. So why not find space for a beehive and encourage them to your garden? You’d not only help increase the population of bees – your very own resident bee colony will also help your garden along, resulting in a better yield from your veg patch.
This must-have book outlines many of the ethical challenges that surrounds 21st century living. It gently inspires positive change by looking at the decisions we make on a daily basis and the impact these choices have on the planet. A bestselling resource you’ll wish you’d read years ago.
Plant a tree for Earth Day and sleep soundly knowing that it will help absorb carbon dioxide and release life-preserving oxygen. The mighty tree fern is one of the oldest varieties in the world and can grow up to six metres. It’s really hardy, so should survive even the harshest winters.
Attracting beneficial insects can do a marvellous job in keeping your broccoli free from pests and pollinate crops so you ensure a great yield. So here’s the solution to encouraging insects back into the garden – a garden plot just for insects. This box has a solar light that turns on at dusk, attracting moths and butterflies. There’s a shelf for bee nesting holes, and you can put plants through the access door to encourage all sorts of other creepy crawlies. It’s all made from FSC wood so it promotes responsible management of the world’s forests.
Did you know that the average roof can harvest 24,000 litres of water in a year? Collect it in a water butt or two so you can conserve water, energy and money by using rainwater where you can.