How to Care for the Planet on Earth Day and Every Day!

Some days it can feel as if we’re constantly lurching from one crisis to another! From the current ‘cost-of-living’ struggles caused by rising food and energy bills to greater environmental concerns. Like the catastrophic damage we cause to our planet’s well-being through the methods we use to heat our homes.

It can become a heavy weight to carry. Leaving us feeling low, off kilter and as if there’s nothing we can do about it. Even if we try… 

That’s why it’s important to make some thoughtful adjustments to the way we live now. So we can take care of the planet and build a positive future. Not just for our own generation. But for many more to come!

How to do Earth Day 2024

On April 22nd, the world will unite to celebrate Earth Day for the 54th year running! Since 1970, millions of people from over 190 countries have united to stress the importance of taking care of our planet. Coming together to highlight the mutual responsibility we all share in protecting the Earth.

This global effort has brought people from diverse backgrounds together to work towards a common goal. Making clear the importance of protecting our delicate ecosystems or risk jeopardising the future of life here on Earth.

But Earth Day is not just a rally for the future of humankind; it’s a day to show support for every species. And a time to humbly acknowledge that human activity doesn’t rule the world – it coexists within it! 

So, especially for this year, Earthday.org has designed an Earth Day 2024 toolkit. Reminding everyone of the important individual role they play in the planet’s conservation. No matter how small it may seem! 

Planet vs. Plastics

The theme of 2024, ‘Planet vs. Plastics’ promotes the global goal of reducing 60% of plastic production by 2040. Its main aims are: 

  • To promote awareness of the damage done by plastics to the health of humans, animals and planet biodiversity. Calling for more research to be conducted into the health implications caused by plastic and for greater transparency; so that all found evidence can be released to the public. 
  • To stop using single-use plastics by 2030 and for the United Nations to agree to this plan by 2024. 
  • To end ‘fast fashion’ and the massive amounts of plastic it produces and utilises. 
  • To invest in ground breaking technologies and environmentally friendly materials that can replace and eradicate future plastic-use. 

This is undoubtedly a vitally important environmental initiative that we all must get behind!

Net Zero 2050

But there are also other environmental issues that we must not lose sight of in the meantime. Such as meeting our Net Zero target commitment to cut the UK’s carbon emissions output by 2050. Fossil-fuelled household heating systems account for almost 16% of all UK carbon emissions. To combat this, the UK Government has put in place programs to improve the energy efficiency of homes nationwide.

This project aims to improve the environment using green technology like solar panels and air source heat pumps. It also focuses on improving home insulation. All these measures aim to keep homes warm, promote health, and lower energy costs in the long term.

Energy Efficiency Schemes – Help for Homes and the Planet

The ECO4, Great British Insulation and Boiler Replacement scheme’s aim to tackle crises currently affecting households and the environment. By addressing large scale issues; they offer eco-friendly solutions for both households in need and environmental conservation efforts. Here’s how: 

Help for People in Need: Certain schemes allocate money to those on low incomes who can’t pay for their heating bills. This helps them stay warm in the winter without having to sacrifice food or healthcare.

Improving Health and Well-being: Schemes can help improve the health and well-being of vulnerable individuals, particularly children, the elderly, and those with chronic illnesses. Having an adequately heated property reduces the risk of cold-related illnesses and improves overall comfort, happiness and quality of life. 

Reducing Energy Poverty: Energy poverty occurs when households can’t afford to heat their homes properly. Government grants and schemes can help to alleviate energy poverty by providing financial aid, ensuring that everyone has access to essential heating services regardless of their financial situation. 

Promoting Energy Efficiency: Schemes like ECO4 promote energy efficiency initiatives – such as insulation and renewable energy source upgrades. By improving insulation, sealing air leaks, and upgrading heating systems – these programs can help to reduce the amount of energy consumed and make home heating more cost-effective in the long run. 

Environmental Benefits: Household energy efficiency measures also contribute to environmental conservation efforts. Installing solar energy powered heating systems can lead to saving energy and lower greenhouse gas emissions. This helps to mitigate climate change and protect the environment. 

Community Resilience: By ensuring that vulnerable households have access to affordable and efficient heating, it’s possible to build more resilient communities. Families are better able to withstand economic hardships and extreme weather events, fostering community well-being and stability. 

Government Support and Collaboration: Heating assistance programs are designed through collaboration from The Government, energy providers, non-profit organizations, and community stakeholders. They ensure that help is delivered effectively, so that they can maximize the positive impact on both households and the global environment. 

Overall, heating assistance programs play a vital role in addressing energy poverty, improving the well-being of vulnerable households, promoting energy efficiency, and contributing to local and global environmental conservation efforts. By providing essential support to those in need, these programs create healthier, more sustainable communities for everyone. 

Energy Advice Helpline

Here at Energy Advice Helpline, we take our local community and wider environmental responsibilities seriously. By finding ways to heat our homes without heating up the planet we hope to improve lives and build more sustainable futures for generations to come! Happy Earth Day everyone! 

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