This April 22nd is World Earth Day around the world. But what’s it all about?
And, more importantly, is it going to throw a spanner in the works for your shed spring cleaning plans?
What is World Earth Day and Why Do We Celebrate It?
World Earth Day started out as just Earth Day on April 22nd 1970. It came about in reaction to climate change and the potential climate crisis. It’s a day dedicated to protecting the environment. It also has a focus on conservation in the face of global warming.
In fact, World Earth Day is the largest civic event that people join together for. The goals of World Earth Day are:
- To protect endangered species
- Lessen the effects of climate change
- Halt global warming
- Tackle industrial pollution
So what can you do in your humble garden shed, or out in your garden to help?
Well, we’ve got some great World Earth Day activities lined up for you, but first, let’s have a look at some fun facts about World Earth Day.
Facts About World Earth Day
- It was first celebrated on April 22, 1970
- On the first Earth Day, 20 million Americans protested outside against environmental ignorance
- Earth Day was founded by Gaylord Nelson whilst working as a US senator
- On Earth Day 2012, more than 100,000 people rode bikes in China to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel
- 2020 was the 50th anniversary of Earth Day
- The President of the USA will host a Leaders’ Climate Summit on Earth Day, April 22, 2021
- Approximately 1 billion people celebrate World Earth Day each year!
- It’s always on April 22nd
Wow! Looks like World Earth Day has come a long way since 1970.
So do you want to have some fun in the garden and get the kids involved? Or maybe you just want to see how you can pull your weight whilst tucked away in your outdoor shed?
Either way, check out these fun activities when celebrating World Earth Day this April 22nd.
World Earth Day Activities
Create a recycling centre
Recycling is one of the best ways you can help on World Earth Day – even from your very own shed or home.
Use your storage shed or garage to set up a designated recycling centre. Add to those three (or four!) bins that we’ve all now got and make it fun for the whole family.
Why not reuse old bins, buckets, and even watering cans as waste receptacles? You could even put spent batteries in a disused watering can. Or, you could have decorative bins for paper, plastic, and glass.
Get the kids out to the shed and let them run wild by sorting out the recycling. They won’t even know they’re doing you a favour! See – work smarter not harder!
Plant a tree
When it comes to World Earth Day, it’s no surprise that we look towards the earth and how we can be kind to it.
And that’s why planting a tree in your garden can be such a great way to give back. Planting a tree can help spread awareness and appreciation for our environment. Even if it’s just between your family and friends!
Not only do trees and shrubs make your garden look better, but they also provide shade, shelter for wildlife, and pollution control.
Just imagine how nice your outdoor garden building could look in a few years time surrounded by trees.
And if you just can’t wait, check out our guide to the fastest growing trees in the UK!
Grow your own food
There’s nothing quite like a meal that you’ve had to earn. And if you’ve got a little space by your shed or out in your garden, why not get to growing?
Kids will love contributing to your garden and mucking around with worms. So why not enlist them to help you start your own vegetable patch?
Teach your kids (and yourself) about sustainability by planting some herbs, fruit, or vegetables. And if you want to start small, simply learn how to make your own seed mix.
Remember earlier we told you to make a battery-bin out of a watering can? Well, guess what – we were way ahead of the trend (sort of).
Upcycling is all the rage these days and the perfect time to get into it is World Earth Day. It’s the ultimate life hack for gardens on a budget. So if it’s here to stay and you can’t throw it away – use it this Earth Day!
Upcycle things like old milk bottles and plastic pots to create planters. Give objects (and your garden) a new lease on life!
So, hopefully, you should have more than enough Earth Day activities to keep the whole family busy. And if that’s not enough, there’s a quiz at the end of this post!
But what about you personally in your outdoor shed? How can you help?
World Earth Day in Your Shed
Before we leave you to get your thinking hat on, let’s have a look at some little hacks you can use in your shed on World Earth Day.
Be energy efficient
Reducing your energy consumption can decrease your carbon footprint. And you’ll feel a little swell in your wallet to boot!
So, if you’ve got a wooden or metal shed that you often get cold in, think about:
- Installing double-glazing
- Caulking the base
- Insulating with wool, fibreglass batts, or even bubble wrap!
- Using a small electric heater or a tubular-heater
- Buying a draught excluder
- Sealing window frame gaps with expanding foam
Regulating your shed’s temperature can save both money and the planet in the long run. And if you want more tips on insulating your shed, check out our guide.
Get your bike out
You could save money on petrol if your work is close enough. And with everyone working from home – there’s no excuse!
Either way, getting your bike out more often can help reduce the number of emissions you’re contributing this Earth Day. Plus, getting your bike out of the shed for a bit means you can see if it’s contributing to any damp.
That’s right, even moist tools and equipment can affect your shed with damp. If you want to read more about how to solve this problem, check out this handy guide.
Use earth-friendly cleaners
When treating and staining sheds or treating mildew, we can forget about just how many chemicals we’re using.
If you’re not careful when treating your outdoor garden buildings, these chemicals might bond to surrounding plants.
So instead, why not mix up some earth-friendly cleaners for mould and damp this Earth Day?
Check out this handy guide for how you can treat damp in a wooden shed with just:
- Bicarbonate of soda
- Lemon juice
- A sponge
Use less water
And speaking of water – try to go easy on it this World Earth Day. Can your garden go a day without watering perhaps?
If not, thinking about how you can make your garden more efficient. Is your garden filled with plants that do well in warm weather, for example? Or, maybe you could lay some irrigation and cover it with mulch.
Instead of a huge lawn, why not think about installing some rockeries or even some quality artificial turf?
There you have it – you’ve got loads to think about this World Earth Day. Now, before you start saving the world, get the family around and take our World Earth Day quiz below.
World Earth Day Quiz
A whopping 25%! This comes from crops going out of season, supermarket over-stocking, and everyday waste.
Can you make a change in your garden? Why not check out our guide to vermicomposting.
The bowhead whale - they can live to be over 200 years old!
Estimates have it that bee pollination is vital to between 70-90% of all crops! Check out this awesome guide if you want to learn more about bees.
True - although an average-sized humpback whale can eat 2000-25000kg of food a day, whales act as carbon sinks and nutrient cyclers, as well as a source of food for other animals and plants.
When gases in the atmosphere block heat from escaping Earth.
140 countries - more than 70% of those in the world!
97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree that climate change is real and caused by humans.
The Earth has warmed up by an alarming 30°F in the past 100 years.
At least half. Photosynthetic plankton on the ocean's surface produce more oxygen than some of the largest trees on Earth. The real figure estimates that 50-80% of the oxygen production on Earth comes from the ocean.
And if all this talk of sheds and gardening has got you planning an upgrade, check out our guide to preparing your guide for a new shed.
It’s estimated that around 1 billion people from 192 countries celebrate World Earth Day. Why not join them this April 22nd?
What started as a protest against industrial pollution and climate ignorance has snowballed into a global phenomenon. Nowadays, we celebrate World Earth Day to be conscious of climate change and conservation.
World Earth Day occurs on April 22nd of every year.