Published on: 22 Apr 2021 10:42

Written by: Maryhill Housing

April 22nd is Earth Day – an annual event celebrated globally to support environmental protection.  The theme for Earth Day 2021 is ‘Restore our Earth’.

Earth Day focuses on promoting clean living and a healthy, sustainable habitat for people and wildlife alike.  Celebrating Earth Day serves as a conscious reminder of how fragile our planet is and how important it is to protect it.

We have been proud supporters of the inspirational Roots of Ruchill scheme, part of the Community Growing Project, for a number of years.  Roots of Ruchill provide allotment spaces for local people, many of whom do not have gardens of their own, to plant and grow fruit and vegetables.  The scheme also runs workshops, helps people develop new skills and is open to visitors including local schoolchildren, family support projects and groups supporting those with learning difficulties.

If you're interested in a growing space at the allotments, please call our Community Regeneration Team on 0141 946 2466 or email [email protected] to request an application form.

Thanks to funding from the Energy Redress Scheme, we now have an in-house Energy Advice Team who aim to assist customers to reduce their overall energy consumption and omissions.  The team are able to offer support with all of your energy issues including:

  • Reducing your energy costs
  • Understanding your fuel bills
  • Confirming who your supplier is and help setting up a new account
  • Handling energy complaints
  • Managing your fuel debt
  • Comparing energy tariffs and helping to switch suppliers

The team offer free 1-2-1 appointments via telephone, WhatsApp and Zoom.  They can also do home visits or face to face appointments in our office (subject to the latest coronavirus restrictions).

To get in touch with a member of the Energy Advice Team, please call 0141 946 2466 or email [email protected]

Check out these top tips to help protect the earth every day:

  • Reduce, re-use and recycle
    • Cut down on what you throw away.  Follow the three “R’s” to conserve natural resources and landfill space.
  • Volunteer
    • Volunteer for clean-ups in your community.  Maryhill Housing will be organising some litter picking sessions in the Maryhill and Ruchill areas once the coronavirus restrictions ease further.
  • Educate
    • When you further your own education, you can help others understand the importance and value of our natural resources.
  • Conserve water
    • The less water you use, the less run-off and waste water that eventually ends up in our oceans.
  • Shop wisely
    • Buy less plastic and take reusable bags with you when you go shopping.
  • Use long-lasting light bulbs
    • Energy efficient light bulbs reduce greenhouse gas emissions and always remember to turn lights off when you leave a room!
  • Don’t send chemicals into our waterways
    • Choose non-toxic chemicals in the home and at work.
  • Cycle more
    • Drive less and cycle more to reduce emissions.