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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my grandmother’s towel

March 29

Less is more! At some point, between my childhood and now, we went from towels the size of my grandmother’s to ones the size of the towels we now have. My towel is three times the size and thickness of my grandmother’s towel. I blame the movies, and Marilyn Monroe! […]
Untitled design (3) copy

March 28

  Repurposing plastic with a sewing machine Tonight I decided to experiment with the sewing skills I’ve been developing over the last few weeks to see if I could repurpose plastic. I’ve had a beautiful old ceramic lamp stand without a shade that I haven’t been able to use, and […]
Untitled design (3)

March 27

Transforming surplus veggies into stock powder For today’s new action for A Year in a Day I experimented with creating veggie stock powder to use our surplus and reduce packaging. The basket of saffron milk cap mushrooms we foraged yesterday were more than we needed for dinner so I sliced […]
granny square

March 26

  Earth Hour and finishing a granny square rug Tonight, as I switched off the lights for Earth Hour, I crocheted my first granny square in over 40 years, using up the bits of wool left over from all the things my mother and grandmother knitted and crocheted when I […]

March 25

  Today I started early making presents for Christmas Probably the most important lesson I’ve learnt in life is that leaving things to the last minute is a recipe for stress and anxiety. Leaving action on climate change and nuclear disarmament until 100 seconds before midnight, according to the Doomsday […]

March 24

  Today I learnt how to help wombats One thing leads to another. After my post on lifting weights last week, Libby offered me some personal weight training this morning at 7am so I could get stronger! I needed that ‘strength’ later in the day to face the stories I […]