London-based venue Somerset House will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day virtually.
Taking place on 22 April, the theme of Earth Day will be ‘Climate Action’.
Due to social distancing measures, Somerset House is closed to the public, meaning the month-long celebration can no longer take place. Instead, a series of online creative workshops, sessions and live interviews will replace the interactive installations, design work and on-site workshops that were set to take place from 22 April-20 May.
The venue’s events team will also be creating a sustainability handbook for organisers, specific to Somerset House, which will be available to all organisers booking events at Somerset House post lockdown.
The venue has achieved a 4-star rating at the Creative Green Awards for two years running, and in 2019 alone generated 56 per cent of its own energy whilst reducing deliveries by 12 per cent and installing five water fountains across the site. In addition, all suppliers to the venue have individual sustainability policies.
Business development manager, Luci Sorrell, said: “More than ever it’s important to feel empowered at this time. Whilst the current situation is disruptive, we are using the time positively to further challenge our processes and see what else we can do as an organisation and a venue to address climate change and ensure our future events are even more sustainable and planet loving.
“We had big plans for Earth Day and whilst it’s disappointing that this won’t be realised quite as planned, we may now reach a much larger audience. Last year we had 79,000 visitors during the season, this year the whole world can get involved with our events. The workshops are all inclusive and will give some welcome respite for those juggling more than usual, particularly when keeping children entertained with interesting ideas.
“The importance of Earth Day can’t be ignored, and we are really excited that now even more people can get involved.”
The full itinerary can be found here.