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One Earth Show

The UK’s first event to take the guesswork out of sustainable living
Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod
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This article first appeared in our Earth Day 2022 issue of My Green Pod Magazine, printed on 22 April 2022. Click here to subscribe to our digital edition and get each issue delivered straight to your inbox

The climate crisis is so huge that it can be hard to see how one individual can make a difference – yet history shows that when human beings unite behind a cause, they have the power to shift paradigms.

Regular My Green Pod readers will know our stance: we believe that if every person made at least one positive lifestyle change, the future would look much brighter for the next generations.

This year we’ve partnered with One Earth Show (21-22 January 2023, Birmingham’s NEC) to help you find that change and explore how it could work for you and your family.

One Earth Show will bring speakers, practical workshops and exhibitors together under one roof to help you discover the change that’s right for you, and give you practical advice on how to make it a success.

Whether you want to improve your recycling rates, reduce pollution or make a stand against climate change, you’ll come away with the tools and inspiration you need.

Informed advice

One Earth Show is the brainchild of Ed Tranter, who has 25 years’ experience in events and magazines. ‘In the end, the idea found me’, he tells us. ‘Over the last few years we’ve been trying, as a family, to live more sustainably. Everything seemed confusing and hard to navigate.’

Ed’s background naturally led him to seek event-based sustainable lifestyle advice from charities, action groups and ethical suppliers. ‘It turned out there was no such event’, he tells us, ‘so here we are!’

Now, more than ever, there is a desire to make a difference; Ed’s research underlines what many already know: 94% of us want to live more sustainably but only 9% feel equipped to do so.

‘The environment, and our impact as consumers, is at the absolute forefront of our collective psyche’, Ed tells us. ‘It’s great that the conversation has become more mainstream but we also need to raise awareness of the facts.’

The goal at One Earth Show is to meet the need for advice and information while giving sustainable brands a platform to take their products and services mainstream.

From food to travel

The event will focus on five key themes that touch most households: food, fashion, beauty, home and tech and travel. ‘We are determined to make the event positive and motivating’, Ed explains. ‘People will leave with answers to their questions, and the motivation to get started in a way that suits their lifestyle and budget.’

High-profile speakers will discuss the big issues facing the planet, and those who have made the journey to sustainable living will offer practical advice.

One Earth Show will also introduce ethical suppliers who can help get you started and arm you with the knowledge to start making a change.

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The My Green Pod Stage

My Green Pod is a One Earth Show foundation partner, and co-founder Jarvis Smith has joined the event’s advisory board.

‘This event fits exactly with our mission at My Green Pod: shining a light on brands offering ethical alternatives, helping educate consumers about the simple choices that reduce the impact on the planet and celebrating sustainable living!’, Jarvis said. ‘We hope that many of the brands we work with will be at the event to meet customers face to face.’

Jarvis will host the My Green Pod Stage, where visitors will get direct access to the businesses and individuals tackling climate change.

Inspiring experts will also take to the stage to share their thoughts on how we can all make a difference.

Many My Green Pod Hero products and services will be showcased at the One Earth Exhibition, offering a great way for ethical businesses to meet customers and get products into shoppers’ hands.

A family event

One Earth Show is for everyone – from the curious to those passionate about protecting the planet. The content will be suitable for both adults and children to enjoy as a family, with accessibility reflected in the ticket pricing.

The inclusion of younger generations is key to Ed; his own children, who are all passionate about the natural world, inspired him to create the show.

Toby became vegetarian when he was 10 and Freya was so touched by Iceland’s orangutan advert that she removed all items containing palm oil from the cupboards. Molly wants to be Steve Backshall when she grows up.

Together, Ed’s children made him question how he was making a difference.

‘As with my family’s example, the younger generations are driving the change and encouraging the shift to a more sustainable lifestyle’, Ed says. ‘They are the parents of the future generations, so to educate, empower and harness their enthusiasm is essential.’

Trees for tickets

A tree will be planted for every ticket sold, and One Earth Show is working with its UN-approved global reforestation partner Forest Nation to plant the One Earth Forest in Tanzania.

‘The project provides jobs, food and a livelihood for the local community’, Ed tells us. ‘We are also working with the Woodland Trust on its UK campaign.’

One Earth Show’s first 10,000 tree seedlings were planted in the tree nursery in Tanzania in January 2020.

The One Earth Show also has a sustainability pledge in partnership with the NEC and is working with partners and suppliers who share the environmental values that underpin the event.

It’s an e-ticket only event and the carbon emissions will be offset. The One Earth Show is also working in partnership with public transport providers and will remove as much single-use plastic as possible.

‘I am really excited to see the high-profile speakers we have lined up to inspire visitors’, Ed tells us. ‘But most of all I will be thrilled to see visitors leaving with ideas to apply to their lifestyles, if each person makes just one change, that would have an amazing impact.’

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