Dewsbury shares in global action for Earth

With an estimated billion people taking part in 192 countries, Earth Day has evolved into what organisers believe is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world – and employees at Dewsbury can count themselves as part of that global movement to protect the planet after a suite of focused activities at the site in April.

Earth Day is the culmination of what has become an annual Earth Week, during which people march, sign petitions, meet with elected officials, plant trees or clean up their towns and roads, for example.

Dewsbury played its part by signing up to a site Green Pledge, which included a promise to “minimise the impact on the environment by saving energy, conserving water, protecting green space, reducing carbon footprint and increasing recycling” – topics which align with the ‘Valuing Nature’ pillar of Dow’s 2025 Sustainability Goals.

It’s the fourth year in a row that Dewsbury has joined together to take action in support of Earth Week – this year the programme of events kicked off with a presentation from EHS Delivery Technician Mark Wood, designed to inspire colleagues and raise awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. Marco Burgold, Site and Production Leader, encouraged employees to spread awareness amongst family and friends, with a commitment to a greener environment by individuals at home as well as at work.

It was also chance to take immediate action, with the team getting their hands dirty for a tree planting session, and plants distributed to employees to enjoy either in the office or at home. They even received a ‘Sprout’ pencil which can be planted after use thanks to a special seed capsule that replaces the eraser.

“It was all designed to encourage people to think about what they could do on an individual and collective basis to minimise their impact on the environment and conserve natural resources for future generations,” said Saqib Mehmood, EH&S Delivery Leader, who organised the programme. “Alongside other practical activities we also launched an invitation for people to submit ideas for better reduce, reuse and recycling initiatives at the site – that, alongside the tree planting and Green Pledge – will ensure that the Earth Day events will have an impact long into the future.”