Earth Day

Date: 26th Apr 2021 @ 11:23pm

Geography – Friday’s Are…

What is Earth Day?

Earth Day, celebrated on 22nd April each year, is the annual event dedicated to awareness about the various environmental challenges that face our planet.

Co-ordinated by the Earth Day Network, 193 countries around the world have their own version of celebrations. The 2021 version of Earth Day will be the 50th anniversary of the event. The first Earth Day was held in 1970. Its crowning achievement perhaps came in 2016, when the Paris Agreement came into force for the majority of the World’s countries, ensuring increased environmental protection.  Earth Day is now the world’s largest civic event. Each year, Earth Day has a variety of themes, signifying a new focus on a particular environmental concern.

In 2021, these themes include: Artists for the Earth: to help spread the message of environmental urgency, art can play a huge part in capturing the public’s imagination. We looked at the Artist David Hockney and his use of digital art as a way of capturing attention and mood in a piece of art. We used photographs of pollution to create a piece of digital art as a poster to spread the message of looking after the world for future generations. We had a fantastic discussion about the following questions… 

How does pollution affect the rise in river levels globally, nationally and locally?

What effects of pollution are there on wildlife?

How can we reduce the use of single use plastics?

When we learnt all about Rivers in our Geography unit we also looked at some of these issues.

Take a look at our photographs of our final piece of Art. These posters were to raise awareness of the problems we are facing and the fact that we all need to do to our part in saving our planet or future generations won't see what we can see!

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