We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
— Native American Proverb
Inspired by the free-spirited activism of the 1970’s, Gaylord Nelson and a few dedicated individuals, set out to remind us how precious and fragile are the resources we’ve been given.
The first Earth Day was the culmination of growing environmental concerns, and the efforts of those determined to make a difference. Principles still relevant today. We have been given the wonderful gift of the earth, and with that, comes the responsibility of stewardship. How often have we forgotten the meaning of that word!
Merriam Webster’s defines Stewardship as: “The conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially : the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care”.
Wikipedia explains: “An ethic that embodies responsible planning and management of resources. The concept of stewardship has been applied in diverse realms, including with respect to environment, economics, health, property, information, and religion, and is linked to the concept of sustainability.”
In short, the earth and all it’s bounty, was given to each of us. To care for, love, and celebrate. It’s easy to feel like you can’t make a difference, but the tiniest effort matters! There are so many things we can all do to help….
Composting, recycling, shopping locally, having your own garden (even if it’s a pot on your porch or balcony), choosing to walk or ride a bike rather than drive, cutting back on the water or electricity you use, switching to natural cleaners; it all adds up to a smaller carbon footprint and taking better care of our home.
As you celebrate April 22nd, we’d like to hear from you….
How do you show Mother Earth some love?
“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caughtwill we realize we cannot eat money.”
-Cree Indian Proverb