Embassy Earth Day

The US Embassy in London celebrated Earth Day on April 29. I know it was a week after the real thing, but we had some holiday logistics to contend with, so after the long weekend seemed like the best time. And it turned out to be a lovely event.

We set up the lobby with tables staffed by half a dozen different departments within the embassy highlighting what their departments were doing to help save the planet. Members from our own ESTH staff presented information on climate change and how to combat threats to our oceans.

Our Overseas Building Office shared insights into the energy-saving measures being installed at the New London Embassy. The janitorial team talked about our current recycling efforts. And our cafeteria and catering staff sponsored a pedal bike that powered a blender to make your own smoothies.

Ambassador Barzun blending a smoothie on the smoothie bike.

We also had some wonderful outside vendors take time out of their busy schedules to help us promote Earth Day to our embassy personnel. The National Trust gave us tips on green living. A representative from The Royal Society for the Protections of Birds (RSPB) gave us a talk about their nature reserves and how to help support a habitat in your own back yard (if you’re lucky enough to have one).

And even if they couldn’t make it, some of the vendors including WWF UK, Earthwatch, the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the Marine Conservation Society (MSC) sent along promotional materials to share.

And I chatted up anyone that would listen about the State Department’s policy guidelines for the National Science Foundation in that last pristine wilderness, the Antarctic continent, and all the great climate change and environmental work that scientists and support staff are doing there.