Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day


Some thoughts on Earth Day

I really dig earth day and all, but using tons of glue sticks, green and blue food dye, and foam stickers does not in any way help the planet. Harsh to say, and yes I have a collection of my children's grammar school creations made of up-cycled cartons, plastic thingies, and tissue paper, but when we look closely, and honestly, at the vast amount of consumerism that goes into celebrating what should be a reduction in the impact we have on this beautiful spinning orb, it's kind of appalling.


One of my fave blogs/bloggers Sayward of Bonzai Aphrodite is a shining example of a person living in integrity with her core beliefs. I applaud her for standing up and speaking out for animals during Earth Day events in Santa Barbara. Because of the courageous action she took, changes are being made to make the festivities there more in-line with compassion toward living beings, namely how "farm animals" were on display right alongside beef and cheese patties for sale. Yes, yuck. So she respectfully stood up for these innocent spirits, and guess what? Change is afoot for the celebration this year, with her and like-minded folks at the helm. So a public round of applause.

I think everyone would agree that the fact that there is a day to celebrate the earth is pretty cool; it's a time to pause and recognize this magnificent sphere hurtling through space and the life on it. It's about raising awareness, because it's 2014 and there's a lot of recycling that ain't happenin'; there is alot of cruelty going on against animals and the planet, pollution in the air, water, and soil, and sometimes it can get a bit overwhelming and depressing.

I'm by no means an earth warrior, but I believe in conservation and compassion and want desperately for that to be reflected in all that I do to the greatest extent possible. To me, earth day is a reminder and the heart and soul of this planet is shouting, pleading, "Hey look at me, I'm your home, please take better care of me. I support you in all that you do, what about a lil' love back?" Not sure why my version of the earth talks like that, but yeah.

So this earth day, I'm pledging that it serve as a wake up call, so that moving forward I carefully consider my consumer purchases, the foods and products I put in and on my body, the impact I have through my actions on the planet, and the ways in which I can help it heal from the damage already done.
  • Beach clean-ups
  • Car-pool, public transport, bikes, or feet. 
  • Reduce, reduce, reduce plastic. It is so insidious.
  • When it's time to replace appliances, furniture, whatevs, assess where it comes from, how it was made, who made it, where they treated fairly, etc. and recycle and repurchase accordingly.
  • Examine the ways in which my actions reflect my beliefs and align with that.  
Am I perfect? No, I'm human. But it's worth it to me to make the effort. There are countless lists, pins, and organizations that I can reference and support, but these five items are what I'm getting started with now, today. One step at a time. And the biggest one, is from this day forward, 5% of profits from the sale of my novel, TO THE SEA & the novella, SURFACED, will be donated to the Surfrider Foundation an organization dedicated to protecting the world's oceans and beaches through solving water pollution problems, education, and clean water initiatives and programs.


I hope you'll join me in supporting our seas! If you'd like to find out more about Surfrider or would like to
make a donation directly, please visit their website. 

Let's celebrate Earth Day every day! 

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