A Year in a Day

Planetary Health Pluriversity

A Year in a Day Citizen Science Project

To respond to the urgency of the need to restore planetary health, the Blue Mountains Planetary Health Initiative’s Pluriversity is initiating a Citizen Science Project in 2022 called ‘A Year in a Day’.

We want to explore whether the small actions of individuals can have an impact if we all work together – and what those impacts might be. We’re starting from the premise that every organisation, every business, every government and every community is made up of individuals, and change has to start somewhere! We can all help one another mobilise to restore planetary health and share the many different ways it’s possible do this. By sharing and collaborating, we’ll also learn new ways to create stronger communities, new ways to create livelihoods that restore planetary health, and new ways to protect, restore and regenerate the natural systems of which we are a part, and on which the health of all life depends.

Each day someone from the Planetary Health Initiative will be taking one NEW action that we wouldn’t ordinarily take and writing about it on our blog. We’ll also be suggesting ways that Blue Mountains City Council can support you to take an action.

We’d love you to join us. If, in one day, we can inspire 365 of us to take a NEW action to restore planetary health, we will achieve the action of a whole year in one day.

Imagine if we began to do this every day of the year …. we could rapidly create a much better present and an even better future! We really would be restoring planetary health.

While you may not be able to do something every day, you can help us spread the word so that as many people as possible can contribute.

It doesn’t have to be the same 365 people every day but it does need to be a NEW action that you wouldn’t ordinarily do … and it needs to be recorded on the day you took that action.


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January 9

Comfort food For two years we’ve been anxious, vigilant, put dreams on hold, and have made sacrifices for each other to stay safe. But, despite everything we did, this weekend, both my precious boys tested positive for Covid. As I waited fearfully and helplessly while they struggled with high fevers, […]

January 8

I simply can’t bear to waste food. As a gardener, I’m aware of the space, time and effort it takes to produce one single cauliflower, for example. There’s no way I’d let any part of it go into the bin! A positive outcome of Lockdown during the pandemic was that […]

January 7

Tackling procrastination to become a citizen scientist It’s so easy to talk about all the things that need to be done to restore planetary health. Surprisingly, it’s also very easy, and infinitely more satisfying, to actually do something about it. The point of A Year in a Day is to […]

January 6

Growing soil to create a sponge to protect life In a wet season like this one it’s critical to find every possible way to store water in soil, vegetation and underground in our depleted aquifers so that we can create a slow-release sponge that holds the water that will protect […]

January 5

Today we chose to accelerate our succession to planetary health This week we were faced, yet again, with the heart-wrenching dilemma of how to respond to the public health crisis being caused by the Pandemic. We couldn’t face cancelling yet another opportunity for young people, but we also couldn’t take […]

January 4

Greening my tea! I hate to think how many times I boil the kettle every day to make one cup of tea after another …. or how many half-drunk mugs of tea lurk beneath the piles of paper on my desk. Today I decided I needed to start doing things […]