Activities and Events April 21, 2017 by St Giles

This Weekend: Earth Day and St George’s Day

Now that Easter is over, and the mysterious Easter Bunny has vanished for another year, you might be wondering what to do now… Well, wonder no more. We’re here to help!

Earth Day – 22nd April

What is Earth Day? Why is it important? Very simply, Earth Day exits to remind us that we need to care for our precious planet; if we don’t take dramatic steps now, climate change and global warming will have terrible effects within our lifetimes.

What can you do? Maybe you could walk or cycle to school instead of taking public transport. You could make sure that everyone around is recycling their rubbish. Ensure the lights are off when you leave a room. These are all small things, but, if we ALL did them consistently, they could have a huge impact!

Maybe you’d like to make even more of a change? How about eating less meat, or even switching to a vegetarian or vegan diet? This can have a massive impact on your carbon footprint!

If you’d like to find out more, why not read this article or visit the Earth Day website? And look out for Earth Day activities on the social programmes next week!

St George’s Day – 23rd April

If you’re at one of the St Giles centres in the UK, you might see some St George’s Day celebrations this weekend. Although St George wasn’t English, and probably never visited the country, the English have adopted him as their patron saint. He’s also celebrated in lots of other countries and regions, including Ethiopia and Catalonia.

In recent years, there has been a lot of controversy about the day – some people believe that the symbolism and the flag have been co-opted by far-right and nationalist groups, while others think that it’s important to have a day when everyone can feel patriotic. You can find out more here.

Whatever you think, there are a range of fun events in London this weekend – see this article for  more details.