Make Earth Day Your Own

Earth Day began back in April of 1979 coinciding with the birth of the environmental movement. Poor air and water quality were fundamental to the movement, along with protecting endangered species, a push that drew support from all sides of the political spectrum in an effort to save the earth we inhabit. We’ve come a long way since those first days but we’re not there yet. While many of us yearn for a gas and oil free lifestyle, our technology is not quite there. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make real differences in our every day lives.

Most of us recycle our plastics and glass, newspaper and cardboard. Many of us conserve water with every flush, every faucet turn, but how about moving our conservation efforts into the kitchen, the backyard? Eating is a must for life, but sometimes we prepare too much. We seal the leftovers, eat what we can, but why not compost? What goes in, must come out, right? :) As I tell the kids, there’s nothing easier than growing our own dirt. Kitchen scraps, fall leaves, grass cuttings–it all works! And the things our compost pile can grow–squash, beans and sweet potato (as seen below). It’s so EASY!

compost progress

It’s a real way to make a real difference. A good beginning. As with any new endeavor, start small, allow those new lifestyle actions to grow into habits. How about saving the gas it takes a truck to haul your fresh veggies around town, across the country, and grow your own? It’s a lot easier than you think. I mean, if my compost pile can do it, you can do it. And instead of depositing that old newspaper into the recycle bin, use it as “mulch” around your plants in the garden. Does a wonderful job of retaining moisture and breaks down into the soil without any harmful effects.

newspaper mulch in Tami's garden

Don’t read the newspaper? Me, neither. I’m an ereader, now. But old leaves, pine tree needles and/or hay will work just as well.

cistern heaven!Speaking of moisture and conservation, try harvesting the rain to reuse at your leisure! A simple gutter “redirect” will siphon the rain off the rooftop and into your awaiting barrel. Add a spigot and you’re in business!

It’s not hard. None of its hard. But it does require effort. Thought. Intent. And that’s what the annual Earth Day celebration means to me. It’s a reminder to us all that we are the custodians of the planet. If we each did our part, we could live in harmony with nature. Animals, too, but that’s another post for another day. :)

Here’s to wishing you joy and good health on this Earth Day, and hope you reap abundance from this beautiful earth.