Earth Day 2024

Earth Day 2024: Actions for Change

The focus of Earth Day this April 22nd is crystal clear: Plastic Pollution and Our Planet. 

This emphasises the need to raise awareness about the environmental threats posed by plastics, accelerate the elimination of single-use plastics, advocate for a robust UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution, and call for an end to the fast fashion industry. 

Wondering how you can contribute to Earth Day 2024? There are numerous charitable organisations and initiatives dedicated to preserving our environment and promoting equitable access for all. If you're new to activism, consider leveraging your interests, such as sports, as an entry point into environmental advocacy. Supporting, volunteering, or donating to organisations aligned with your values can be empowering, fostering a sense of community and belonging. Unsure where to begin? Below are some organisations actively engaged in meaningful work, offering inclusive spaces where everyone is welcome.

 

Ocean Generation | Plastic Oceans

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For over a decade, Plastic-Oceans has been at the forefront of combating plastic pollution in our oceans, leveraging educational programs to enhance ocean literacy and prevent plastic from polluting our waters within a generation. Now, in collaboration with the passionate team at Ocean Generation, they're embarking on a new journey to co-create a global movement dedicated to restoring a sustainable relationship between humanity and the oceans. Join their community today to learn how you can contribute to their impactful partnerships and youth-led campaigns.

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Surfers Against Sewage

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Surfers Against Sewage, empowers communities to take a stand for ocean conservation, uniting individuals to safeguard marine ecosystems, beaches, and wildlife. Since its inception in 1990, this grassroots movement has flourished into one of the UK's most impactful environmental organisations, rallying over 300,000 activists nationwide. Their initiatives target pressing issues such as plastic and sewage pollution, while also educating advocates of all ages on the interplay between the climate crisis and ocean health. Through collaborative projects and campaigns like beach clean-ups and legislative advocacy, they strive to shape a brighter future for the UK's coastlines. Get involved with one of their beach cleans or join the #GenerationSea campaign to save and secure our oceans and beaches’ future.

2 Minute Beach Clean


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The 2 Minute movement is dedicated to making a difference, two minutes at a time. Inspired by a beach littered with plastic waste, founder Martin Dorey launched the #2minutebeachclean movement in response to a surge of litter along the UK's coastlines. What began with 8 stations in Cornwall has now expanded to over 800 locations nationwide. The Two-Minute Foundation, established as a registered charity two years ago, believes in the power of simple actions to effect significant change. Through social media campaigns and grassroots activism, they empower individuals, groups, and businesses to make sustainable choices and contribute to a healthier planet. Join the movement today by participating in a #2minutebeachclean and sharing your efforts on social media to inspire others.

Marine Conservation Society



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The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is dedicated to protecting marine life and habitats in the UK and beyond. Through research, education, and advocacy, MCS works tirelessly to combat plastic pollution, promote sustainable fishing practices, and preserve marine biodiversity. By supporting MCS, you're contributing to the preservation of our oceans for future generations, ensuring that marine ecosystems thrive and that communities dependent on the sea can continue to prosper.

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The Rivers Trust



The Rivers Trust is dedicated to protecting and restoring river ecosystems across the UK. Through community engagement, habitat restoration, and pollution prevention initiatives, The Rivers Trust works to ensure that rivers remain clean, healthy, and biodiverse. By supporting The Rivers Trust, you're contributing to the preservation of freshwater habitats, the conservation of native species, and the sustainable management of our water resources. Joining forces with these organisations and supporting their work is not only crucial for the health of our planet but also for the well-being of current and future generations. 

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SeaTrees

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SeaTrees is on a mission to restore and protect coastal ecosystems around the world. Through projects like mangrove reforestation and coral reef restoration, SeaTrees aims to sequester carbon, enhance biodiversity, and provide sustainable livelihoods for coastal communities. By supporting SeaTrees, you're investing in nature-based solutions to climate change and helping to build resilient coastal ecosystems that benefit both people and the planet.

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Friends of the Earth 



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Friends of the Earth is a grassroots environmental organisation committed to tackling the most pressing environmental issues facing our planet. From climate change and biodiversity loss to air and water pollution, Friends of the Earth campaigns for systemic change and advocates for policies that prioritise people and the planet. By supporting Friends of the Earth, you're joining a global movement working towards a sustainable future, where the health of our planet is safeguarded, and all living beings can thrive.

Right to Roam


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The Right to Roam is a legal right for anyone to wander in open countryside, whether on privately or publicly owned land. This concept, already established in countries like Norway, Sweden, Estonia, and Scotland, enables people to explore vast natural spaces, engaging in activities such as hiking, swimming, camping, and wildlife observation. Right to Road seeks to expand similar rights in England through amendments to the Countryside & Rights of Way Act, ensuring more people can access the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of outdoor exploration. Show your support by contacting your MP today.

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Updated on 23rd April 2024

Originally published on 19th April 2024 in Sustainability

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