I started writing this post earlier last week and it slipped my mind with untimely accident on the weekend. Earth Day is coming up fast – and hopefully, I’ve posted this in time for you to plan some outdoor activities this weekend! No matter where you are in the world, this is something everyone can take part in. No matter how big or small of an effort you put in. And best of all – most of the options will be free!
Earth Day Origins
In the spring of 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created what we know as Earth Day in an attempt to raise awareness of the need to protect the earth (or in spiritual circles known as Gaia). Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 of every year and it is a day to honor, as I call her – Mother Earth.
Senator Nelson hired a young activist by the name of Denis Hayes to the National Coordinator for the first Earth Day celebrations held on April 22, 1970. In Canada, Earth Day has become one of the largest environmental movements and is celebrated across the country.
The original goal for Earth Day was to help promote the environmental grassroots movements and to also increase awareness of ecological concerns around the globe. In simplest forms, it is to help protect the environment – our environment – Earth.
This movement was inspired by the anti-Vietnam War learnable events that were happening across the United States in 1969. Since its creation in 1970, the movement has helped to pass environmental laws across North America including clean air, water, and protection of endangered species.
For today’s blog post, I thought I would share some activities you could do on your own, or with your family to honor Mother Earth, Gaia, or as most know it as – Earth. I like to think as Earth as a living and breathing entity in its/her own right.
The Native Americans and Indigenous populations of Native America, call her Mother Earth and the sun, is Grandfather Sun.
My Earth Day Activities
My Earth Day Activities
The balcony is my main focus this spring and summer, as well as spot cleaning and decluttering my home. I have to so much “stuff” that I never use and is collecting dust – that I think I just need to donate some crafting supplies and clothes to those who will use them. Then I can move some of the stuff in the laundry room too. That room is an eyesore at the moment.
This weekend, of course the weather has turned cold and my plants are arriving today. In an effort to get outside EVERY day, I was out earlier dumping out old planter pots and making a mess of my area rug that I just cleaned. Oy. But I got the planters cleaned out and filled in with new dirt. I’m anxiously now awaiting for the arrival of said plants. So, for today, and tomorrow – that’s what I will be doing.
There is a witchy flea market this weekend, so perhaps I will venture out on Saturday afternoon. I have someone picking up my recycling on Saturday so that is taken care. Recycling and “reuse” is part of Earth Day celebrations and could be something you do at home.
After emptying the pots, I spent a little time just sitting outside. It’s definitely fleece sweater weather and I’ll have to bundle up for later. But I hope to get most of the plants into pots.
My partner helped me realize I have a plant problem. 31 plants! That’s his counting. I counted only 8, with 2 packs of pansies and 2 sets of moss. I may have to stop off at the Dollar Store tomorrow to pick up some smaller pots. And I’d like to get some cheap figurines and statues too.
It’s going to be a pretty tame weekend as my foot is still sore and I can’t wear proper shoes. So, I think it will be filled with crafting, reading some books on the Kindle – or paper. Spending as little time OFF the computer as possible and off the phone. Using candles at night instead of lights. And perhaps a ritual bath as I usually do on Friday nights. I wound up spending almost 3 hours outside today and I’m feeling it. My body is not what it used to be, and physical movement like planting, leaves me in so much pain! I definitely overdid it.
But, without further ado, here is my list of activities for families to enjoy.
Suggestions for activities
- Eat organic or fresh foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, etc
- Go for a walk outside or have a picnic at a local park
- Go for a hike and explore local nature trails, take your camera and capture images of the birds or wildlife you see
- Go to a local spot that needs cleanup and start cleaning up trash – make sure to use safety precautions and PPD
- Get creative and write a song, paint a picture or make crafts with recycled items
- Declutter or clean your home, balcony or garage and recycle old items you no longer need. Or repurpose for other uses.
- Spend some time in the garden pulling weeds, working on the lawn, or planting seeds and flowers
- Spend some time outside meditating and connecting with nature. Pick a quiet spot in nature, or your balcony. Listen to the birds, keep an eye out for other wildlife, or go and read a book outside.
- Try to go a day without waste (difficult to do in this age)
- Use candles instead of lighting at night, turn off devices to save energy, live life for a night like it’s “olden” days before we had power
- January 2023: Working with intentions instead of resolutions
- February 2023: intention settings & scrapbooking
- Imbolc (Candlemas) – Feb 1-2
- March 2023: Mindful March & Ostara Blessings
- Spring Equinox (Ostara) – March 19-23
- January – Wolf Moon
- February 05 – Snow Moon
- March 07 – Worm Moon
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