How to celebrate Earth Day under lockdown

Do your part to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on 22 April 2020, with these tips to tackle climate change while working from home.

However, a more uplifting outcome of the pandemic has been the positive impact that coronavirus appears to have had on the environment. As factory closures and travel bans have brought about reduced levels of emissions worldwide, reports continue to emerge of wildlife returning to areas previously overrun with people, and ecosystems beginning to recover from the effects of human overconsumption.

In Venice, for example, images of swans gliding through the city’s undisturbed, crystal canals have been widely shared and hailed as evidence that nature just “hit the reset button”. China, meanwhile, is experiencing clear blue skies again in areas where the polluted air usually makes it difficult to breathe. Some experts are even suggesting that more lives may have been saved in China as a result of reduced pollution than the country’s total death toll from coronavirus.

However, it is important to note these positive environmental changes will be temporary unless we continue to tackle climate change throughout the current crisis and beyond. In the UK, as in most other countries, coronavirus has shifted the focus of public debate away from the ongoing climate challenge. But in such uncertain times, and with so many aspects of our ‘normal’ lives temporarily curtailed, we need to carry on recognising the ways in which we can make a positive impact on the world.

So, in support of global environmental protection and to mark Earth Day on 22 April, here are some top tips for how businesses can help to protect the environment while their customers and staff are working from home:

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