April 22, 2020

Earth Day in quarantine

Earth Day in quarantine.

Mother Earth has grounded us.

We can’t go into town to play with our friends. So we sit at our desks, marveling at how resilient Mother Earth is. We’ve only been in timeout for a few months, and she’s already looking much better.

Taking care of humans is stressful. Week six of homeschooling!

I don’t know about you, but lately, I found myself with some extra time at home to think about things. Like where did all of my energy go, can I go for a run in the other neighborhood, will I be able to resist sitting on the couch and watching the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy with my kids, what can I do less of or more of to help the planet?

Back to the basics.

These last few weeks have shown that we can get by with less stuff and more gratitude. So let’s start there.

Thanks, Mom. Thanks for oxygen, water, mountains, beaches, forests, and chocolate. Especially chocolate. And plants, like flowers, trees, and the ones that give us food like berries, carrots, asparagus, corn, beans, rice, apples, and even kale. Oh! And grapevines. Especially grapevines! Lots and lots of grapevines. Thanks for making our lives possible. Thanks for taking care of us even though we don’t always listen to you or give you the gratitude you deserve for the many loving things you do for us.

Honoring Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary?

Happy Earth Day. 50 years of taking one day to think about taking care of the planet. Don’t get me wrong, one is better than none. Plus–pardon the cliche–lots of folks do try to make every day Earth day. Maybe we’d make more progress if we treated it like a nutrition plan? 364 days of taking care of the planet, with one cheat day when we can eat all the Cheetos we want!

This year, I’ll try to remember that we are part of nature, not apart from it. And do a little more OR a little less each day to show that I care.

Looking for inspiration and some digital Earth Day experiences? Check out earthday.org for all the 50th-anniversary activities.

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