On Friday the 22nd April we celebrate Earth Day: originating in 1970, the annual day of celebration has been adopted by hundreds of countries and now is celebrated by more than a billion people worldwide.
Earth Day is a day of learning, and of action. Thanks to the internet, spreading the message of Earth Day has gotten easier and easier, and there are many fine resources online showing you how to make the most of this day, and how to keep in good habits for the rest of the year.
The Earth Day in 2016 is a particularly special event, as countries around the world will be signing the Paris Agreement: a deal to tackle greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the rapidly changing environment. Each country will decide on their own contributions.
So how can you celebrate Earth Day?
- Volunteer in your local area for litter picking, tree planting and more
- Leave your car at home for the day and walk or cycle instead
- Sign up for online banking
- Head to your nearest Science or Natural History museum
- Give up bottled water
- Start growing your own food and bee-friendly flowers
- Go outside and enjoy the world!
Earth Day is a great starting point for change. Try to form habits based on your activities for Earth Day – if you cycle to work instead of drive, consider picking that up when you can. Get yourself a reusable bottle instead of buying bottles of water, and you won’t only help to reduce landfill waste and fossil fuel usage but also save money.
One last thing you can try on Earth Day is some delicious, local and sustainable food! Why not make up this easy cornmeal pizza dough and get some local vegetables to pile on top?
- 180ml cup warm water
- 2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast
- ½ tbsp granulated sugar
- 200g all-purpose flour
- 85g cornmeal
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Tomato puree
Mix the yeast with the water and sugar, and leave it to sit for five minutes until it starts to bubble – then add the olive oil
As it mixes, add the liquid ingredients slowly until a ball of dough begins to form.
Shape the dough into a smooth ball and then put in a greased bowl, cover and leave to rise until doubled.
Preheat your oven to 230 °C and roll the dough out into a big circle on a greased baking sheet.
Add your toppings – tomato puree first, then vegetables, then cheese – and cook for 12-15 minutes in the oven.
Best enjoyed warm – unlike the earth!