I so fondly remember attending my first Earth Day Celebration in 1978. I was 12 and my middle school went to an Earth Day Celebration at a local community college. It was the first time I felt an awareness of the environment and our impact on it. It is amazing to see how much has changed and how much hasn’t changed since that time in terms of our relationship with Mother Earth. One of the things that has helped me most is my foundation in shamanism, which really supports the interconnectedness of all beings through the web of life. I believe this foundation and awareness is a necessary piece to transformation on a global level and it takes each person making this change for a broader transformation to occur. We need to work on this both inwardly and outwardly, so I have included two sharings in the post. One is a guided meditation I offered at a visit today on Positive About Change Blog Talk Radio and the other is a list of 10 Ways To Celebrate Earth Day. Remember not just to celebrate today, but hopefully, everyday in some way! Happy Earth Day!
10 Ways To Celebrate Earth Day
1) Join A Nature Conservancy’s Picnic For Earth or plan your own. The food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe…it all comes from nature. I just learned about this project and love the idea. Join people around the world in a global picnic to celebrate our planet and the bounty it provides. With population and food demand on the rise, The Nature Conservancy is working with others to find smarter and more efficient ways to use our lands and waters. Learn more at http://earthday.nature.org/.
2) Donate or Volunteer for an environmental organization that resonates with you. There are so many organizations and issues related to the environment and supporting Mother Earth. Find one that really speaks to you and support it through monetary or in-kind donations or by volunteering your time and energy. Also, just sharing and raising awareness about an organization can be a great way to support it.
3) Commit to making some type of change in your life and home that will support the environment and Mother Earth. Consider things like using less water, reducing electrical usage, recycling more, composting, etc. Even a few small changes can make a difference and by being more conscious we are creating change on many levels.
4) Plant trees, flowers or vegetables that are appropriate for your area. Planting is a wonderful way to connect with and support Mother Earth. It is key to plant species are indigenous to your area. You may like to join with a local tree-planting group or just do so with your family or friends.
5) Participate in or organize a household hazardous waste collection in your community. Collect paint, used auto products like motor oil and batteries, solvents, etc. This will require city or county coordination and participation; they may have certain dates scheduled but you can help to organize or gather items that may be overlooked or improperly discarded. Get in touch with your local government to see what you can do.
6) Spend time in nature on your own or with friends and family. Spending time in nature and just being with Mother Earth and all of her children – the trees, rocks, animals, etc. is a wonderful way to celebrate Earth Day. You may like to go on your own or organize a hike with friends or family.
7) Hold an Earth Day Council Of All Beings. By now you know I love the practice of council as a tool for transformation and celebration. Coming together in council is a wonderful way to speak from our hearts and honor Mother Earth. In a Council Of All Beings, participants choose something in nature that speaks to them and they make a mask to represent their creature, tree, rock, or other “being.” Sharing is then done with everyone wearing their masks and representing their chosen “being.” Sharing includescontributions your chosen being makes to life on Earth, and how it makes you feel for people to respond to you the way they do. This is a wonderful way to give voice to all of Mother Earth’s children and to honor the web of life.
8) Attend an Earth Day Event or Festival. There are many Earth Day events and festivals happening all during the month of April. Attending is a great way to support local organizations, community and learn more about resources to support and connect with Mother Earth.
9) Help clean up and restore your environment and communities. There is so much pollution and trash littering our communities and our world. There are also many projects to help clean up “our mess”. Find a project near where you live that works to clean up rivers, lakes, streams, beaches, trails, communities, and graffiti. Also, there are many projects that help to restore our environment, such as reforesting. Joining in this way is a great way to help renew and replenish Mother Earth.
10) Be creative. Explore nature crafts at school or home. Get together with your family and friends and explore creating which is something Mother Earth does everyday. Build a bird house or feeder to encourage local bird population, which plays an important role in our ecosystem. Or, just make some creative works of art from found objects that might get thrown away otherwise.
Please feel free to share your ideas and reflections. Happy Earth Day Everyone!
P.S. Stay tuned for details for May Is For Metta 2013 coming later this week.