Can you believe it: Fifth Avenue in New York City as thousands celebrated the first Earth Day in 1970. This day inspired 20 million Americans to take to the streets demonstrating for CHANGE. Industrial development for 150 years had degraded the environment and left a growing legacy of serious health issues. Thousands of colleges and universities organised protests and there were massive coast-to-coast rallies in cities, towns and communities.

We won’t be demonstrating on 22nd April for change. But we can make a difference in our own way. For one year, the E.A.R.T.H Gang family pledge NOT to buy new clothes.

Inspired by the beautiful book, ‘Mending Life: A Handbook for Repairing Clothes and Hearts’, we are ready with our needles and thread. We are going to breathe new life into our existing wardrobes:

– Mend by adding patches or simple darning.
– Re-invent by adding panels from other clothes to make tight things fit (major reconstruction work needed here).
– Turn worn jeans, hoodies and sweaters inside out and show off new fabric and seams. It’s a great talking point.
– Look for ideas at:, Great British Sewing Bee…..

A quote from the Netflix documentary, ‘The Minimalists: Less is Now’ is sadly true.

“CHANGE is definitely coming. We cannot continue to consume more than the planet can replenish every year. So the question is not IF we are going to change but HOW. We are either going to CHANGE by choice or by disaster.”

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Here is the Earth Day Action Toolkit:

Earth Day 1970 helped to build a lasting eco-infrastructure—lobbying organisations, environmental beats at newspapers, environmental-studies programmes, ecology sections in bookstores, community ecology centres. Let’s keep the movement growing.💚