What does Earth Day mean to you?

This coming Sunday, April 22nd, is a day to make a conscious effort to do something for the health of our planet.  It could be anything from planting a garden, to buying food from a local farmer, to educating ourselves on ways to make more sustainable choices in our lives, to taking action in our communities.  Sometimes people wonder if one person can really make a difference.  In my experience, it’s all about each of us taking one step, and then another, and then another.  There is an amazing synergy that happens when we make a motion toward becoming more aware of what’s at stake for the survival of humankind and then acting on it.

I encourage you to take some time this weekend to connect to the earth in whatever way you feel moved to do so.  Even if you just sit out in the yard in the sun, listen to the bees and think about all that they do to pollinate our crops; put your hand into the soil and appreciate the worms who are constantly regenerating our soil.  This is our earth.  This is our lifeblood.  Let’s take responsibility for its health.

Portland area events:

Earth Day Conference

Volunteer with SOLVE-IT

Join young Roots and Shoots activists in their quest to stop Nestle from building a water bottling company in the Columbia River Gorge.

Earth Day Run

South Portland Land Trust Earth Day Cleanup

City Repair Earth Day Event

Various farmers’ markets on Saturday, April 21st (see sidebar)

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2 Responses to What does Earth Day mean to you?

  1. Tammy says:

    We began with a local breakfast. Farm fresh eggs, milk kefir and bacon for the meat eaters. I think I need to weave more activities into our day.

  2. lorrainemt says:

    It’s so nice to hear about the start of your day. Hope the rest of it was a good one. We ended our day with a local meal as well. Pork chops, cabbage, and potatoes. Such bounty here–we’re lucky!

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