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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March 11

Dressmakers block your ears and eyes! Tonight I was feeling really disappointed that the elastic in a pair of my favourite old flannelette pyjama pants had totally given up the ghost. I was contemplating cutting them up to use in other ways, but every option definitely felt like downcycling a […]

March 10

Recycling Flourescent Lights to keep toxic mercury out of our air, soil and water Well these last few weeks have truly been a case of ‘it never rains but it pours’! While we’ve been very fortunate through the recent rain crisis, we did have a loud sizzle one night that […]

March 9

\ B-cycle: Australia’s first national battery recycling scheme Last night there was a blackout when a tree fell on a transformer in the Upper Mountains! It is sooo frustrating when everything’s dark to reach for your torch, only to find the batteries flat! Fortunately, we now have portable solar lights, […]

March 8

Recycling glasses If there’s one thing I haven’t needed for quite some time it’s sunglasses. So today I took another opportunity to declutter and make sure resources are being used to their highest capacity, by sorting through all my sunglasses and reading glasses and only keeping what I really need. […]

March 7

Recycling pens and markers It wasn’t until Sue started talking to me at Landcare on Saturday that I began to think about all the old markers and pens lying around the house. When my kids left home, their old pens and textas didn’t. After starting A Year in a Day […]

March 6

The world’s deadliest animal Do you know what the deadliest animal on earth is? … it’s the mosquito! Over the last ten years the increase in mosquito-borne diseases has increased significantly in Australia and is expected to continue. We are home to over 300 varieties of mosquito but there are […]