Sadly though, our culture permits us to lead our day to day lives without taking a chance to commune with nature or even the time to contemplate how nature sustains us. That breath you just took? Yup, thanks trees, atmosphere and Mama Earth - once again, you've got my back. That glass of water you just drank? Compliments of Earth's atmosphere and ecosystems. That food you just ate that will provide you with nutrients and energy to make it thorough your day? All due to arable soil, water, sunlight, insects and seeds with the will to thrive here on our planet.
As science and scientists venture further out through our solar system and ever-expanding universe, we've yet to find any other planet with the ability to sustain life as we know it. Planet Earth is singular in so many ways, and yet we continually treat it as though we had some back-up planet waiting for us to retreat to when things get unlivable here.
I think one of the biggest hindrances to our taking steps forward towards caring for our environment is this disconnection. We can't invest in or care about something which we are ignorant about. Spending time in nature is crucial to developing a desire to preserve and conserve our Earths natural habitats and ecosystems.
Today, I wanted to offer you a few ideas of things you can do, to plug back in to nature. Now, this list is not comprehensive but is really just a jumping off point. Whenever we undertake something new - a habit, a behavior, a lifestyle - I think it is important to start with small, doable steps first. Once you get the ball rolling, go ahead and tackle the big stuff. But at the beginning, things should be achievable and FUN!
1. Grow something and eat it!
When you grow something yourself, tending to it from seed or seedling, up until harvest, you have made a daily investment in it. When the time comes to enjoy the fruits of your labor, you are nourished on so many different levels. Food you grow and harvest yourself contains the most Prana, or life force.
Sadly, we have very little green space available to us in our current living situation but we do have an herb planter outside (full of parsley, oregano and green onions right now!), and i love to grow my own sprouts in the kitchen. As long as you have a jar, some mesh or cheesecloth, and the seeds themselves, you can grow sprouts! Lately I've been sticking mostly with lentil and alfalfa sprouts, but I'm excited to try growing my own Sunflower sprouts as well! Check out Kris Carr's blog for detailed instructions (and cause it's a really great blog:))
2. Get outside!
Go for a walk, a hike, or park farther away from your destination. Even if you're in an urban environment, nature is constantly in the process of creating life. Look for grass or weeds growing in cracks in the pavement or birds singing along to the hum of traffic. Put yourself out there in the world and you will notice that nature is everywhere. Our time here is a tiny blip on the radar, while Nature will continue on long past our lifetime.
3. Think before you throw.....out your trash
I'm only kind of joking about this, but I'm a really militant recycler. I'm that person who is constantly about waist deep in, rummaging through rubbish bins, pulling out things that could have been recycled. Take a few moments to educate yourself about what items can be recycled in your area and think before you throw something in the trash. You can even make a game of it: See if you can fill up your recycling basket faster than your wastebasket.
Once you start noticing how much waste there is in your day to day life, you will feel more inspired to make changes above and beyond recycling, like reducing and reusing items as well as refusing to use one-time use items, like plastic cutlery or to-go packaging. There's 7 billion of us here on this planet and we make a lot of trash, so much of which is avoidable!
Again, these ideas are just a jumping off point! Think, research, explore, be creative ~ it's that sense of ingenuity and critical thinking that we are desperately in need of if we want to start reversing our negative impact.
If you have some awesome ideas for ways to go green, or want to share something you do for the environment, please leave a comment and share your knowledge with us all!
Wishing you a verdant and joyous Earth Day and much love everyday!