World Environment Day is celebrated worldwide on the 5th June each year. It was established in 1974 by the United Nations General Assembly, and has become a globally recognised initiative to engage businesses, governments, and citizens to focus their efforts on pressing environmental issues. Each year is host to a theme, which this year is biodiversity.
Here at Elterwater Hostel, we are extremely proud of our environmental achievements and our commitment to protecting the planet. Our love of the outdoors and our location in the natural beauty of the Lake District makes us determined to do what we can to protect and promote it. The Lakes, as a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, are thankfully host to many animal and plant species. Any guests who have stayed before know about our wildlife whiteboard. We invite guests to record sightings of unusual wildlife, (or even the odd slow worm) that have been spotted around the local area. Additionally, in 2019 we were proud to support the Lake District Foundation’s campaign to protect red squirrels.
Biodiversity is only one of the ways we work to protect the environment. You can see more of the work we have done in the infographic below.
During lockdown we are more aware than ever of nature’s ability to bounce back, given the chance. We’ve heard more birds sing and seen clearer skies than we can ever remember as Spring turns to Summer. We are proud to see the UNEP’s #ForNature campaign and will continue to protect our beautiful Lakes. You can read more about World Environment Day here.