2023 marks 53 years of Earth Day! And it’s more important than ever to reduce our carbon emissions and help our planet regrow.

Celebrated on the annually on 22nd April, Earth Day is a reminder of the urgency that surrounds our world to tackle climate change. Created in 1970 and born from the concept of US Senator Gaylord Nelson to raise public awareness of air and water pollution, the first Earth Day became a huge success with over 20 million people participating in events across America. Speaking to a crowd before the first climate event, Senator Nelson said: “I don’t think there’s any other issue, viewed in its broadest stance, which is as critical to mankind, as the issue of the quality of the environment in which we live.”

After the success in America, with new legislation being passed to support the message of Earth Day including the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act and Endangered Species Act, the event became globally celebrated in 1990.

On it’s 53rd anniversary, the environmental event is now recognised by an estimated one billion people across more than 190 countries.

There are many ways to take part throughout the year to help tackle climate change:

  • Tree planting
  • Volunteering with your local green charity
  • Recycling and reducing waste and plastic consumption
  • Donate to environmental charities and organisations
  • Advocate for greener practices to reduce carbon emissions and pollution

A large part of the PATT Foundation and Green Task Force work involves creating a better planet for the future through woodland creation and tree planting, carbon capture projects and local community projects. Throughout the year there are so many opportunities with the PATT Foundation to get involved with to create a greener and more sustainable future. To find out more take a look at our projects or take action and sign up to become a volunteer.