Whether we know it or not, each one of us is intimately connected with nature.
We’re living in a time where many of us feel that we are no longer governed by natures rules. Most of us don’t even remember what natures rules are! Our reality today is that when we show up to the supermarket, it’s stocked up with seasonal produce all year round. When we’re cold we can flip a switch and our homes will warm up. When we need to get somewhere we can hop in our gas powered vehicles and drive there.
But we’ve come to learn that through all this, Mother Earth has been suffering greatly. She can not keep up with our demands that never cease. We constantly want more. Our systems are designed to encourage us to want more.
In honour of Earth Day, my hope is to gently remind you all that your connection with nature is not lost. That being said, living in this new concrete-filled world, it's not hard to start to feel disconnected from nature.
For anyone who feels like their bond with Mother Earth could be stronger, or even if you’re just looking to reaffirm your already strong bond, this is for you!
1. EDUCATE YOURSELF
...on environmental issues. I always say that I think it should be mandatory for everyone to take at least one environmental science course in school. But since I’m still waiting on the school boards to agree to meet with me... we’ll have to take matters into our own hands!
Here are a few resources, but there are so so so many more. Information is abundant if we choose to seek it.
BBC Earth Blog
NASA Climate Change
The Sustainability Agenda
A Sustainable Mind
Sea Legacy @sealegacy
Kamea Chayne @kameachayne
2. START A GARDEN
...and grow your own food!
There is honestly something so rewarding about the process of growing your own food. To utilize nothing but soil, seeds, a little sunshine and water, and create something that will sustain your livelihood is truly magic!
I know that many of us, including myself, are in apartments and don’t have access to a plot of land on which to grow food, but there are some creative ways to work around this! If you have a sunny spot in your place, try growing some herbs or greens in a pot. If you have access to a balcony, you can try growing vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, or peppers.
3. EAT LESS MEAT
...or try going vegan! I stopped eating meat about 4 years ago now and what I initially thought was just a personal dietary choice ended up begin something that revolutionized my entire perspective of our world. Over time I learnt that all life, including the lives of non-human animals, is sacred and therefore demands our respect. I started to understand just how interconnected us humans are with all other forms of life on this Earth, and that what separates me from you is just as irrelevant as what separates us all from say a cow, or a chicken, or a pig. To top it off, there are enormous environmental advantages to cutting animal products out of your diet. Win-win!
Plant Based Nutrition:
Erin Ireland @erinireland
Hot for Food @hotforfood
Tabitha Brown @tabithabrown
Loving It Vegan @lovingitvegan
4. GET OUTSIDE
...into nature! Go for a hike or a walk, go camping, or even just get out into your own backyard and put your feet in the grass. Not only will this deepen your relationship with the Earth, but getting outside and into nature will also work wonders on your mind.
5. BRING PLANTS INSIDE!
Not a ton of nature accessible in your area? Bring nature to you! Not only do plants and flowers make your home look beautiful and aesthetically pleasing, but they offer a connection to the outdoors (and air purification!) that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.
I hope that these ideas will help you to deepen your connection with our truly incredible planet and inspire you to bring Earth Day into your every day.