Transport to a whole new climate
The Eden Project opened in the year 2000 as an idea that was more than just a large green house, but a project to help preserve the environment all over the planet and to build support through educating people. The most iconic part of the Eden Project is its 2 enormous biomes, home to a vast rainforest and dry, Mediterranean environments. Since their birth over a decade ago, each biome has now become home to its own miniature ecosystem, with ants, lizards and birds all making their homes amongst the plants. Each biome transports you right to the heart of the climate that it holds within, allowing you to see a huge variety of plants, as well as drawing attention to the popular foods and even the medicines which we obtain from the region.
In fact, one of the project’s main emphasis’ is how much we in the western world make use of the rainforest and its produce. Along the way, you get to discover all of the foods which have their roots in the rainforest region: fruit, vegetables, sugar, chocolate, rice and cola. The Eden Project also actively promotes Fair Trade and encourages us that “our wallet is our weapon” when supporting companies who ensure fair pay for their workers.
A fun day out
But all the education aside, the Eden Project is a fun and informative day out. Children are encouraged to get involved and explore the area and entertainers can often be found performing in the Mediterranean biome. More recently, a hands-on educational centre was opened, which demonstrates mankind’s relationship with electricity and machines, showing our impact on the environment as human beings.
Unsurprisingly, the Eden Project itself is an environmentally friendly tourist destination. All the food sold on site is organic, seasonal and locally sourced, and recycling is actively practised all over the site. Used cardboard boxes are even offered to visitors to take home for reuse to save the energy of recycling them. The area surrounding the Eden Project itself is a prime example of recycling- a former clay pit, it was excavated and turned green again when the Eden Project was built, with trees and shrubs now covering the once barren landscape.
So if you’re looking for a fun day out which will leave you more eager than ever to stay green, take a look at the Eden Project yourself.
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