This is a picture of Garibaldi Lake. An overnight hike from my living room. Those mountains have been a part of my daily life since I was 3.
I grew up in this lush temperate rain forest, surrounded by water and mountains.
Images like the one above make me love celebrations like Earth Day. Make me embrace change – even small changes. Changes for the good that is. Surely they all add up.
Today at work I took the children I share my daily life with on an Earth Day walk – with compromise. We cleaned up 9 bags of garbage between our building and 7-11 while we passed 3 garbage cans, 2 garbage bins and 2 cardboard recycling bins. All of the children commented on their frustration that no one appeared to be using the garbage bins – that were right there. The compromise came in purchasing Slurpees for all of the Earth Day cleaners. Sugar and food dye in waxed paper cups with 3 different kinds of plastic just for each straw. I didn’t say a word. After all it was their idea to go on a garbage walk. You can only change things one action at a time.
After we got back we planted 2 small trees in our yard and used our new composters for the first time.
Tomorrow I will purchase some native plants from a local backyard nursery to add to my garden.
I will walk my dog in the clean fresh air and maybe even hike in the woods. I will rejoice at being alive.
And maybe, just maybe do a little knitting.
How will you celebrate Earth Day?