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Brilliant Ways to Celebrate the Planet on 22 April 2024

Luke Jerram Gaia

Today (22 April) is Earth Day, the international event to draw attention to climate change, deforestation and air pollution.

This year’s theme is Planet vs Plastics, to encourage us to end plastics for human and planetary health.

Pretty heavy stuff, and we’re right to be worried, but London has come up trumps with some fun ways to mark the day, celebrate Earth and do a spot of planet saving along the way.

From immersive art, nature drawing and giant planets to natural wine glugging and game-changing workshops, it’s all here.


Outernet blossom

Outernet x National Trust: Nature’s Confetti Experience

Head to Outernet’s FREE space on Tottenham Court Road, to be transported into a stunning, pink blossom-scape with petals raining down on you via the world’s largest wrap-around screens.

Visitors can also use their body movements to control and see how blossom trees grow.

It’s free, but all guests can donate to the National Trust's Plant a Tree Appeal, which will help plant and establish 20 million trees by 2030, four million of which are expected to be blossom varieties.

Since the early 1900s, 81 per cent of the UK’s traditional orchards have been lost, and around half of all hedgerows have disappeared in Britain since 1945. 

Outernet, Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 8LH. Until 28 April. FREE


Gaia for Earth Day

You can enjoy Luke Jerram’s jaw-dropping, Gaia artwork for free at UCL East’s Earth Day open-house event.

The seven metre diameter Earth replica features detailed NASA images of our planet’s surface and will be suspended inside the building.

Professor Mark Miodownik will welcome guests to the open house to contemplate the piece and discuss this year’s Planet vs Plastics theme.

UCL East, Marshgate, 7 Sidings Street London E20 2AE. 5.30 - 6.15pm. FREE


Nature Drawing at art’otel

Our favourite, new Battersea hotel fuses art, design and luxury - with a banging rooftop pool and killer views.

And this Earth Day, artist Jasmine Karis will lead a workshop exploring our connections with nature, with the creation of nature notebooks. Participants will be encouraged to explore different drawing, painting, collaging and note-taking methods and techniques to create a beautiful nature book they can continue adding to after the workshop.

art’otel, 1 Electric Blvd, Nine Elms, London SW11 8BJ. 22 April. 6.30-8.30pm. £15pp

Number Eight Sevenoaks

Celebrate Earth Day with Natural Wines

Celebrity chef, Stuart Gillies’ acclaimed restaurant, Number Eight will be toasting Earth Day with six exceptional wines, embodying sustainability and terroir driven excellence. 

Join them for an eco-conscious tasting journey, celebrating the harmony between nature and winemaking craftsmanship. 

Number Eight, Sevenoaks, 8 London Rd, Sevenoaks TN13 1AJ. 25 April. 7pm. £28pp

Islington Climate Centre

Earth Day Workshop

Keeping  control of your carbon footprint is the primary focus of climate action for many people. Protest and advocacy are what motivates others. But sometimes it seems like we have no impact. 

Is that true? What else  can we do? And what can we achieve?

Find out at this fascinating workshop, which promises to teach new approaches to create change in a stubborn world.

Islington Climate Centre, First Floor, 21 Parkfield Street London N1 0PS. 22 April. 7 - 9.30pm. FREE.

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