April 18, 2021 4 min read
Earth Day 2021 is an annual event held on April 22. It is a day to demonstrate and promote environmental awareness and reminds us to take care of our planet earth. Taking care of our planet can mean different things to different people but could include cleaning up litter, planting more trees, recycling, repairing or reusing. On Earth Day in 2020 the focus was "Climate Action" and for the current year the theme or area of focus is “Restore Our Earth".
This year, 2021, there are more than 193 countries celebrating Earth Day.
Since late 2020, we became carbon neutral with a net zero-carbon footprint!
WHAT IS EARTH HOUR?
Earth Hour is the moment millions come together for nature, people and the planet. Joining the big switch off reminds us that even small actions can make a big difference. Because we’re not alone. At 8.30pm on 27 March, we switched off our lights in solidarity with people around the world.
The equinoctial Earth Day is celebrated on the March equinox (around March 20) to mark the precise moment of astronomical spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and of astronomical autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. An equinox in astronomy is that point in time (not a whole day) when the Sun is directly above the Earth's equator, occurring around March 20 and September 23 each year.
The history of Earth Day 2021 dates back to 1970 when it was first celebrated in 1970. It was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson to promote ecology and the respect for life on the planet as well as to encourage awareness of the growing problems of air, water and soil pollution. The first Earth Day celebrations took place in two thousand colleges and universities, roughly ten thousand primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of communities across the United States.
When 1990 approached, a group of environmental leaders asked Denis Hayes to organize another big campaign. This time, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. In 1995, President Bill Clinton awarded Senator Nelson the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest honour given to civilians in the United States) for his role as Earth Day 2021 founder. Today, it now is observed in 192 countries, and coordinated by the non-profit Earth Day Network.
Traditionally, Earth Day is viewed as a time of environmental consciousness and awareness. It is usually celebrated with outdoor performances, where individuals or groups perform acts of service to earth such as the planting of trees, picking up roadside trash, conducting various programs for recycling and conservation, using recyclable containers for snacks and lunches.
Some people are encouraged to sign petitions to governments, calling for stronger or immediate action to stop global warming and to reverse environmental destruction. Television stations frequently air programs dealing with environmental issues.
We have always aimed to operate our business as sustainably as we can. In late December 2020, we became carbon neutral with a net zero-carbon footprint!
The fundamental part of almost all our products is wool and wool is one of the most sustainable products there is. Most of our products are handmade, and hence we have no carbon emissions from manufacturing or other similar high carbon emission activities.
Since becoming Carbon Neutral, we have supported forest protection initiatives covering an area of 1,249.7 m² which is an equivalent number of tree saplings protected of 165 - not huge but we are tying to do our bit.
All electricity consumed by FelinFach is now from 100% renewable energy, from UK windfarms - powered supplied by Scottish Power. Firstly, let's say it up front - no carbon emissions are better than buying carbon offsets to cover whatever emissions a company has. Going 100% renewable reduces our carbon emissions and also reduces our need to buy offsets.
The Jara Pará Project is a forest conservation project. It reduces potential greenhouse gas emissions by protecting a large swath of forest (almost twice the size of Luxembourg) that otherwise would have been destroyed. It is a REDD+ project that is at the front lines of deforestation in the Amazon today trying to stop clear-cutting practices that are causing the loss of so much rainforest today.
We are investigating the proposals to grow more forests in Wales and, if we can, we would like to be part of any such plans.
Natural Traditional Handmade - The beauty and uniqueness of handmade wool products - traditionally hand woven Welsh blankets and throws, the iconic Welsh tapestry blankets, scarves and hand dyed yarn with natural dyes. And now, Welsh tartan scarves for your surname or a Welsh National tartan such as St David's, see below.
Our company, FelinFach Natural Textiles is located in the heart of the Preseli area of Pembrokeshire near to Boncath. We design Welsh blankets and the iconic Welsh Tapestry blankets which are traditionally woven at Welsh mills. We also design and make natural hand dyed yarn, cotton, silk and wool scarves and other handmade products. We also offer Welsh tartans, Sheepskin Rugs, Gift Cards and tools and books for crafters and knitters - Cocoknits, Laine, Amirisu and Making to name a few!. We are a proud supporter of the Campaign for Wool and Global Welsh.
Last update 18th April 2021