Earth Day has come and gone for the year. A week ago, Sunday, the children played in the dirt with their shovels and pails, digging up a chunk of my rhubarb plant in the process of making mud pies. It was quite a beautiful day here and we needed it. The cold weather has been hanging heavy on us for the last couple of weeks.
My interpretation of Earth Day is one of celebration of this beautiful place we share as well as inspiration to change. The need to change stems from the negative and sometimes careless impacts that humans have on this one, shared planet. On every level, it is virtually impossible to remain ignorant about the effect that we have on our oceans, land and wildlife. For many, the shift in weather and unpredictable storms has been a turning point to say “let’s do more.” For others, it may be the images of Great Pacific Garbage Patch, sea turtles choking on plastic bags or finding trash along the paths of a local conservation area. Still, for others it may be tied in with health and a desire to have a smaller footprint or connect with the earth through eating organic and locally grown foods.
There were many encouraging and hopeful sentiments expressed on social media. I’ve enjoyed reading them this past week and want to maintain this positive and hopeful energy. I feel that the most important statement of all is the recognition that every day is Earth Day. Let me repeat, Every Day is Earth Day! With this recognition comes the question “what can I do to help?" It is easy to feel overwhelmed but important to start somewhere. Start with a small habit change.Read More