Happy Earth Day: The motivation you need to embrace the green movement

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It’s officially April. With the heating off and those long summer days in sight, what better time to start really appreciating mother nature and the world that we live in – especially with Earth Day coming up on the 22nd April.

This is the perfect opportunity for us to review our approach to environmental issues and our relationship with the earth.

Here at HQ, the Flash Pack Foundation team are working hard to create a positive legacy through sustainable travel. Remember that with every booking you make, we will put £5 into the Foundation to kickstart our projects, meaning that you can travel guilt-free. Together, we can be part of the change.

With Earth Hour 2019 inspiring hundreds last weekend, and ahead of Earth Day on the 22nd, we want to encourage and intrigue you to make a difference through environmental resolutions this April.

If you’re struggling with where to begin, we’ve been looking at the best stories and ideas that have opened our minds to specifically fighting climate change this past month.

Following on from our March inspiration, here’s what’s at the top of our lists this April…

Read more: 7 solo travel escapes to visit this summer

Earth Day: the motivation you need to embrace a green lifestyle

We’re listening to…

For an original and alternative way to learn about climate change, tune in to the Mothers of Invention, a show that discusses feminist climate change solutions around the world.

Global warming is a pressing issue that will determine the future of the earth, and for which there are no easy answers. That’s why it’s so important that we engage with discussion around environmental issues, to broaden our minds and perspectives.

Listen to the former Irish president Mary Robinson tackle radical solutions with comedian Maeve Higgins – an uplifting blend of voices that is determined, inspiring and unique.

Climate change solutions

We’re intrigued by…

An impressive Global Youth Climate Change March took place on March 15th, led by 15 year old Greta Thunberg.

The strikes happened around the world in more than 100 countries, all led by school children as a way of stressing the impact that climate change will have on future generations.

It was an incredible display of anger and compassion for the state of the earth and the global climate that we live in.

Slogans such as ‘Wake Up, Save our Future’ and ‘Climate Now, Homework Later’ peppered the streets – a truly inspiring example of people power. Watch Greta Thunberg’s speech at the UN last month.

Earth Day: young climate change activists

We’re inspired by…

Earth Hour! The 30th March, 8:30pm, saw millions of people around the world turn off their lights for Earth Hour. The annual event that started as a symbolic light turn-off in 2007 is now an hour without electricity which has created an inspiring movement.

This year, Earth Hour touched 188 countries and territories worldwide.

A massive 2 billion impressions were generated with the Earth Hour hashtags, inspiring others to show their support as part of the Earth Day network.

Check out the #earthhour and #connect2earth official website.

Earth Day: panorama of lights on earth from outer space

Now it’s your turn…

Earth Day is coming up this month, so if you haven’t quite nailed those New Year’s resolutions this year or have gone a bit off track with your lent promise, try a simple Earth Day resolution and start your green journey this April 22nd. Here are 5 simple ideas …

Going digital can help you towards a more eco-friendly lifestyle

What you can do:

  • Recycle the unexpected – whilst crisp packets can’t be recycled normally, Walkers have started their own recycling initiative. Check out the webpage and start sending in your used packets.
  • Go digital – if you’re not so paper friendly at home or in the office, try going digital for things like brochures, tickets and occasion cards.
  • Say no – buying a bottle of water or a coffee in a take-away cup is easy but remembering your refill water bottle or coffee cup is an easy step towards a greener lifestyle.
  • Compost, compost, compost – you’ll be surprised at the amount you can compost, aside from just food waste. Paper, post-it notes and tissues once shredded can go in the compost too.
  • Ditch it – plastic straws have such a short life span, so learn to ditch it for a decomposable straw or a reusable metal one.

Interested in responsible travel?

Finland, Iceland and Slovenia, are some of the greenest and environmentally friendly countries in the world, inspiring us all with their ultra clean air.

Escape to summer Finland

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From canoeing on the lake to gorgeous summer nights in the forest, this Finland adventure will transport you to a world of peace and tranquillity.

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Encounter Icelandic bliss

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Stay on a secluded yurt on the banks of a glacial river, explore a land of pristine glaciers and navigate a vast hinterland of unspoilt wilderness.

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Beautiful blues in Slovenia

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Absorb the tranquillity of Lake Bled, abseil down waterfalls and ravines, and unwind in a wilderness hot tub on the banks of the lake.

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