A Year in a Day

A Year in a Day Citizen Science Project

Working together to restore planetary health urgently
30 March: 3 months, 456 actions, 72 contributors
STEP 1: 365 actions – achieved in 2.5 months!!!
STEP 2: Let’s try for 365 actions in one day 
on World Health Day 7 April 2022
Share your action, or actions, for World Health Day here
Need ideas? Get ideas for what to do and see what we’ve already done here 

To respond to the urgency of the need for everyone to do more to restore planetary health, the Blue Mountains Planetary Health Initiative’s Pluriversity has initiated a Citizen Science Project in 2022 called ‘A Year in a Day’.

We’d love you to join us. If, in one day, we can inspire 365 of us to do something more, something we wouldn’t ordinarily do, to restore planetary health, we will achieve the action of a whole year in one day.

We hope you get inspired to contribute by reading them here. Share your actions on our blog or our social media.

Each day someone from the Planetary Health Initiative will be blogging about one additional action we’ve taken. We’ll also be suggesting ways that Blue Mountains City Council can support you to take an action.  

We are exploring 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.

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.

We don’t expect you to do something every day, but you can help us spread the word so that as many people as possible can contribute – even just one small action.

Let us know the day you took your action so we can add it to our tally.


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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 […]

January 3

Not all progress is! I LOVE writing and have been journalling for around 50 years, but I shudder to think of the hundreds of plastic and metal biros that I’ve thrown out in that time. When I was 18 my mother gave me a fountain pen engraved with my name. […]

January 2

Sharing what we know, and what we have Spending time exploring ways to restore planetary health is arguably better for our mental health than doom scrolling. This is a good thing, because sometimes coming up with ideas of what to do next actually takes quite a bit of thought and […]