Celebrating Earth Day is celebrating the planet that provides much to sustain us. In honoring the earth, we are honoring the physical and spiritual embodiment of life as we know it. The earth is a vast living structure that feeds us, provides the materials to clothe and shelter us, and offers us peace and serenity in its natural settings.
My husband and I have spent many an Earth Day volunteering or attending events. I think this year we will find some time during the day to spend it not doing or going but staying home and being with nature--attempting to truly offer appreciation in spirit. We try to honor the earth in our everyday actions and commitments, but rarely do we sit down, take in the scents and the view of our garden and nearby forest, and relish the gift of living on this planet. I believe that will be our gift this year--silent appreciation.
Some ideas for celebrating Earth Day 2011:
- Take the kids out for a neighborhood cleanup.
- Plant a tree, a garden, or anything.
- Walk to work or to the train station or to the store one day.
- Hold a scavenger hunt to find green living items, such as cloth bags, a bicycle, a compost pile, etc.
- Help a senior citizen build a garden.
- Bike to work or to the store one day.
- Develop an Earth Day celebration in your neighborhood.
- Commute to work one day instead of driving.
Here are some other ways to celebrate or contribute:
The Earth Day Network has organized a project, Billion Acts of Green, where you can pledge an act of green. They are keeping count and as of this post have over 80 million pledges.
The Eco-Libris blog has begun a project, 41 Reasons to Plant a Tree for Your Book.
Disneynature releases their new movie, African Cats, on Earth Day, April 22, 2011. Buy a ticket for opening week and proceeds go towards saving the Savanna.
Picnic for the Planet is a celebration of the planet, its food, and its people. The Nature Conservancy is sponsoring this event to celebrate Earth Day 2011.
In Washington D.C., Earth Day on the National Mall will be held on April 16 and April 17, and an Earth Day celebration will be held at the National Zoo.
The Earth Day New York organization is hosting multiple events throughout the city to celebrate Earth Day.
Earth Day San Francisco is hosting an Earth Day celebration with various speakers and entertainers and exhibits.
Earth Day Atlanta is hosting a 5K Green Dash as well as other events.
Earth Day in Boston, Massachusetts will be celebrated with a Charles River cleanup, special events at The Children's Museum, and concerts.
Earth Day Canada is hosting various programs and has a list of events for each province.
Check for Earth Day Events in your area.
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©Michelle A. Potter