The day coincides with the annual northern migration of Adelie penguins. There are various different species of penguin.
OxfordSparks have their Penguin Watch Team who will be answering a Q&A. Their researchers monitor penguin colonies across the Southern Ocean, working to disentangle the effects of various threats from things such as climate change and the krill fishing industry.
This year, the RHS is calling on gardeners to go out into gardens or balconies as a way to look after their physical health and wellbeing, and to keep growing at home.
Gardening gives you space to think, to be...
Gardening is a great way to boost the mood and there’s nothing like feeling the earth between your fingers to connect with the world. Plants, flowers, bushes and trees all make for great company; they give you space to think about things, and life, and drift in your thoughts; they give your mind a chance to rest and relax and immerse yourself in the moment and forget what’s going on in the world. They don’t interrupt your train of thought. They just let you be….
Although we are in lock-down, many garden centres around the country are giving us the chance to order online or even call them and put in an order over the phone.
Bring gardening into your home
You don’t need a garden, either – you could bring nature into your home with a houseplant, herbs on a window sill, perhaps in the kitchen, watching gardening videos, and “visiting” many famous gardens online!
I LOVE pots! I’ve put a couple of strawberry plants into small pots and so far I’ve counted 5 strawberries coming on one, and 2 on another. I keep going out into the garden and talking to them to encourage them. My husband thinks I’ve gone mad, but I love it.
We’ve also got a dwarf blueberry bush in a pot on the patio, a dwarf raspberry bush, also in a pot, and a peach tree.
And don’t forget flowers – they are lovely for making you feel brighter. Last year, I sowed some freesias in several little pots and this year, much to my surprise, they have all come up into beautiful flowers and I’ve got a gorgeous scent coming from them. Red, yellow and dark pink freesias are really giving me something to smile about.
Feel a sense of achievement
Gardening gives you the chance to create and enjoy your own beautiful green space, whether in the house or in the garden, or both! There’s nothing like the feeling of achievement it gives you, and the joy you have looking at the fruits of your labours!
Visit the RHS and check out their advice section – you’ll find so much information to help you! It’s not all reading, either – they have videos you can watch as well J
Share your garden
Wildlife need our gardens, especially as we are taking so much of their homes off them. They need hedgerows, trees and bushes to nest in, to rest in, to shelter in from the wind, rain and sun. Provide them with access to water in a pond or a bird bath (those can be small as well), put up bird feeders, stick a pile of logs in a corner and leave it all a bit messy there, and you will have your own nature show to enjoy, full of beautiful sounds.
Get the kids busy and their hands dirty!
Hands can easily be cleaned – get the kids out into the garden and give them the chance to discover all about the outside world by getting their hands dirty, their t-shirts all covered in muddy earth, their feet wet… there’s nothing like it. All that fresh air and activity will hopefully wear them out!
Earth Day is on every day and can be celebrated wherever you are – even in space! Flood the earth with hope, optimism and action!
In 2020, Earth Day is 50 years old. The theme is Climate Action. As its website says,
Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-supportsystems which make our world habitable.
If we look at the start of 2020 alone, the Australian bushfires left terrible damage behind them. Organic Lesson wanted to give an idea of the severity of the crisis, by re-creating the smoke haze in scenic locations around the world and you can see what places like London, Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and the Alps would have looked like.
The Earth Day Network works around the world to drive meaningful action for our planet across the following issues
Science and Education
People and Communities
Conservation and Restoration
Plastic and Pollution
So whatever your interests are in earth, you should be able to find a way to get involved. And Earth Day's website has toolkits you can use to really get out there and change the world and make a difference.
Animals Asia have had an urgent call about three bears in terrible trouble on a bile farm.
They were alerted 2 weeks ago – and they dropped everything, to get ready to rescue as fast as possible. But travel restrictions put in place because of the coronavirus meant it was not possible (or safe) to go ahead.
Travel restrictions have been lifted now. The team is ready to go and rescue the three bears. But Animals Asia need help to do it. These bears will have bellies to fill, there'll be essential medicines to buy and months of high costs, thanks to the coronavirus.
The bears were found trapped in tiny metal cages, side by side. There’s limited information about them but Animals Asia say they can be almost certain that they will have serious health issues and will need special, on-going care and treatment for the rest of their lives – which could be 15 years or more.
They are asking people to become monthly donors, to help set up these bears on the road to recovery and beyond.