Every year on the 22nd of April, people around the world come together to progress climate action and celebrate Earth Day. 

This year’s Earth Day theme is ‘Invest In Our Planet’ which highlights the importance of dedicating our time, resources and energy to solving climate and environmental issues. When we invest in our planet, we are supporting healthy and happy communities worldwide. Earth Day reminds us that our actions at a local level can collectively make a difference. 

In Nottingham, we will be lighting up the Council House green on Earth Day to show our commitment to investing in the city to tackle climate change. We have an ambition to be the first carbon neutral city in the UK – but we need everyone to play their part. 

How can you get involved? 

  1. Sign up to Green Rewards 

Want to make changes at home to reduce your carbon footprint? The Green Rewards app has more than 25 actions you can take to support the city’s ambition to be carbon neutral by 2028. By logging what you do, you could be in with a chance to win prizes every month, including a family skating pass for the National Ice Centre and a month NCT bus pass. 

Get started with Green Rewards here 

  1. Help keep Nottingham clean 

Join in with Nottingham City Council’s Big Spring Clean and help fight against the toxic impact of litter like plastics and cigarette butts. Join in with a local litter pick, tell us if there are problems in your area like dog poo, dumped rubbish, graffiti and more.

If you’d like to help keep your neighbourhood is street clean, you can also join over 2000 people who’ve signed up to become a Clean Champion in the last year – and get a free litter picking kit and advice. 

  1. Get involved with Nottingham Green Guardians 

The Nottingham Green Guardians volunteering programme lets people play a role in improving the environment in their community. The programme is managed by the City Council’s Parks Team who manage over 250 parks, nature reserves and open spaces across the city.

Over the winter, Nottingham Green Guardians planted over 13,000 trees! There are lots of activities to get involved in this Spring, from conservation to tree planting, so take a look on the Green Guardians website to find an opportunity that’s right for you.

  1. Volunteer at Green Hustle Festival in June 

On 2nd – 4th June, Green Hustle Festival will be bringing a wild weekend of creativity, connection and regeneration to the city. Loads of Nottingham organisations, artists and environmentalists are coming together to offer green activities, good vibes and events for everyone to get involved in the green movement. 

Support the festival by signing up to volunteer 

  1. Encourage your workplace to reduce carbon emissions 

To help organisations across the city to support our carbon neutral target, the City Council set up the ‘We Support CN28’ campaign. More than 40 organisations from across the city have made their pledge and let us know what they’re doing to cut carbon emissions. Could you join them?  

Find out more about We Support and learn how your workplace can get started on its sustainability journey in the upcoming webinars.  

  1. Try a more planet-friendly way of getting around 

The latest census results show that lots of Nottingham people are still using cars to travel short distances to work. Nottingham’s brand new electric (ebike) hire scheme with lime has just launched and could be a perfect greener and lower-cost alternative to driving.

If you want to keep up with the latest on Nottingham’s progress to becoming a carbon neutral city, sign up for the monthly newsletter.