Published: 22 April 2024

Earth Day 2024 – Planet vs Plastics

Earth Day 2024 is a reminder of the importance of environmental conservation and sustainability, encouraging collaboration to take action for a sustainable future.  

This year’s Earth Day theme is Planet vs Plastics with a commitment to end plastics for human and environmental health. The Earth Day initiative demands a 60% reduction in the production of all plastics by 2040.  

At the Institute for Sustainability at the University of Surrey, our purpose is to harness the power of collaboration across all disciplines of expertise at the University of Surrey and beyond, to drive the transition to a sustainable world of long-term wellbeing for all. 

Some of the programmes at the Institute embrace the Earth Day theme, such as Governance, equality and sustainability, and Plastics in the circular economy. In addition, the Sustainability, creativity, and communication programme aligns with the Earth Day 2024 subtheme, ‘Fashion for the Earth’. 

Dr Danielle Dove is a Future Fellow in the School of Literature and Languages and a Fellow of the Institute for Sustainability. Her current research project constitutes the first in-depth, transhistorical study of second-hand fashion consumption from the nineteenth century to the present. 

Plus, you can learn about the history of the second-hand clothing trade, Jewish old clothes dealers and their connections to contemporary sustainability issues in this feature on BBC Radio 3

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