World Earth Day began in 1970 with 20 million people taking to the streets to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet. Credited by some as the beginning of the environmental movement, it’s since gone on to influence lawmakers across the world; from clean air and water bills to the protection of endangered species and World Earth Day was fittingly chosen as the day the Paris Climate Agreement went into force.
It often feels like a daunting, if not impossible challenge to turn the tide in the face of the climate emergency, with teenagers like Greta Thunberg taking the lead where several generations of elected leaders have failed us. Yet the environmental message has bled into our culture and way of life, not quickly enough and with a long, long way to go.
Arts and culture have always taken a leading role in the environmental movement and now social and economic sustainability is at the core of most cultural institutions.
To find out how this happening at one such institution here in Manchester, join HOME this World Earth Day live on Instagram where they’ll be sharing knowledge, tips, tricks and fun ways to stay connected with nature from our homes.