Celebrating Earth Day: Punting Sustainabilty

If this past week has taught us anything, in particular, the scenes of the flooded Dubai airport circulating on social media, it is that the climate crisis is unfortunately in full swing. Every year we say how important “now more than ever” it is to recognise the urgent nature of global warming, however, it seems in daily life there is a slight desensitisation to climate disruption. Not through a lack of care, but rather, a lack of surprise at the accelerating rate environmental catastrophes are unfolding.

Earth Day, which was first held on the 22nd of April 1970, is celebrated around the world in over 192 countries. It is now the largest civic event with over one billion people participating globally. Each year Earth Day has a different theme, this year it’s ‘Planet vs Plastics’ with the goal of reducing plastic consumption by 60% by 2040.

To achieve this, earthday.org hopes to gain widespread public awareness of the damage plastics do to humans, animals, and nature. They are demanding that more research be done on its health implications and that full transparency is given by plastic producers as to the public regarding these findings. Earth Day is also pushing for the rapid phasing out of all single-use plastics by 2030, and a huge reduction of fast fashion. Lastly, they are investing in innovative technologies to create a plastic-free world.

How Punting is good for the environment

One of the main attractions of punting in Cambridge is the sheer beauty of the university college backs. There is an abundance of nature lining the banks of the river, including Swans, Herons, Kingfishers, and Canada geese. 

The nature of punting means there is minimal impact on the delicate ecosystem within the River Cam. The punts are propelled by our experienced punters, with no fuel or engines being used. This approach minimizes noise pollution, reduces emissions, and ensures an eco-friendly adventure along one of the most beautiful stretches of river in England.