Friday, April 22, 2011

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~Native American Proverb

What does Earth Day mean to you?
To me, it serves as a reminder to maintain a healthy, sustainable lifestyle which will positively impact myself, my loved ones, my community, and the land we live off of.

What are you doing to Participate in Earth Day?
I went on a hike on my property to remind myself of the beauty and grace that surrounds me every day. All of the pictures featured on my blog today are taken from around our home. Today, The Boy and I also planted a special blend of wildflowers which should help the bee population in our community (to find more information on the Honey Bee Crisis, read here:

This year my honey and I also decided to begin eating 70% vegetarian (and we always eat 100-90% organic)- it has made us feel healthier and more energized plus our eating habits positively impact our environment (read about this and other benefits here.) I'm not saying everyone should go vegetarian (although I do think everyone should go organic), but I think everyone should be more aware of their food choices and how those choices impact you and your environment.

We also decided to join a CSA- Community Support Agriculture. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season. This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer.

On a smaller scale, The Boy and I always use reusable grocery bags (keep them in your car!), we never buy bottled water (BPA-free water bottles cut down on pollution and are money-savers in the long run) and we use recycled paper products in our home.

Are you at a loss of finding something to do this Earth Day?
Check out the official Earth Day website. This year, Earth Day's theme is "A Billion Acts of Green,"a people-powered campaign to generate a billion acts of environmental service and advocacy before Rio +20. Check out the Billion Acts of Green Facebook app on Are you motivated yet?! Get out and do something for Earth Day! Go plant a Tree! Find an Event in your Area or give to a local or global conservation fund!

What do you do on an everyday basis to help heal the Earth? Do you bike to work? Do you volunteer somewhere awesome?
Let me know!

Final thought:
When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. ~John Muir

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