Earth Day 2013
“Earth Day, celebrated on April 22nd, is a day on which events are organized globally to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the environment. It is a day when the world unites around environmental service and awareness, and as global citizens we are able to demonstrate our support for environmental protection.”
With Earth Day virtually upon us I am reflecting on my life style. I don’t know about you but the prospect of climate change I find difficult to translate into how I choose to live my life.
With the arrival of children I have almost put the shutters up and refused to engage. This weekend the sun shone, spring has finally arrived. As the family turned over raised beds, and planted some seeds I was heartened to realise that our tree prunings are used in the wood burner, the ash & compost to feed the raised beds, and the raised beds to grow vegetables – all pleasing cyclical.
But this feels like small beer in comparison to a lot of people who really embrace greening their lifestyle – personally I am not about to install a compost toilet, or give up the gas central heating. I am very fortunate in that my local city has an active Transition movement, a local trust The Greenhouse which is set up to educate people about the environment, and many other active groups.
So where do these reflection leave me?? I have decided to set myself small achievable steps:
- Always putting compostable material in the compost bin (and not the kitchen bin!)
- Using the woodburner, and not gas central heating when a little heating is required
- Menu plan, so as not to waste food
If you would like some fun interesting and inspiring reads re small steps to change your lifestyle why not check out Jen’s blog My Make Do and Mend Blog
or this blog for other suggestions to greening your life:)
And for activities re Earth Day for children check out family education.
What will you be doing for Earth Day?
On a final note I thought I would share this Eco Etsy team treasury, which has kindly featured one of my bags. The Eco Etsy team is a global group of eco-conscious crafters who create and sell in an eco-friendly manner.
Please do check out what other people have been up to this week over at Handmade Harbour🙂