Monday, April 22nd is Earth Day! My Earth Day aspirations.

Kay Link
Posted March 21, 2019 from United States
The Columbia River

It may still be a month ahead, but I am already giving a lot of thought to Earth Day. I have been thinking about what I can do this year to contribute and honor the natural world around me. So often I find myself feeling thankful for the abundance of life I get to see and experience. Every morning as I walk to work, I am blessed to notice the abundance of nature. Even in a city, surrounded by human-made buildings, concrete, and cars I see nature spring up and inspire joy. 

Spring brings blooms, trees grow, birds chirp, and the sun shines (or, it rains, and I get to feel cool water all around). With all these blessings of nature, I feel like I need to do my part to add to the environment something positive. Earth Day and the month that encompasses it seems like a perfect time to reflect and take action to show my gratitude for the world around me.

This Earth Day, I will pick up trash and litter outside wherever I see it. My plan so far is to carry separate bags with me wherever I go for recycling, compost, and trash so that I can improve the environment of our community. No matter where I find myself in April, I would like to go out of my way to nurture the ground, the water, and the air I breathe. 

I truly believe that if we come together and work to improve the condition of our world, we can undo the damage being done to our waters, our soil, our atmosphere, our wealth of life in the world, and our global people. Humanity and industry have done so much harm, it's true, but instead of simply being ashamed of these actions, we must work to ignite change.

Additionally, April is a great time to lift up the wonderful people who work to heal our environment and who bring attention to climate change every day. I want to send each a thank you, to recognize their unseen and often unthanked efforts. From the teenager I know who sifts through microplastics on the coast and creates art projects out of the trash to the former professor leading research and initiatives to spark change, I truly want to recognize their initiatives and thank them.

And to my World Pulse sisters who do so many amazing things to heal the earth, reutilize the things others see as waste, and educate others - how incredible you are! Please feel my admiration and gratitude and I will work hard to make sure you are seen, heard, and appreciated for what you do.

I would love for any of you to join me this Earth Day in the process of change and healing of our planet. Please feel free to share your ideas or plans for environmental rejuvenation, climate change action, or protection of nature. I would love to collaborate and work with all of you so we can give back to the natural environment that provides so much for us all.

What would you like to do or see happen this Earth Day?

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Jill Langhus
Mar 22
Mar 22

Hi Kay,

What a lovely and positive post about the environment. I love to hear stories from environmentally passionate people that are actively protecting and healing our beautiful Mother Earth. Go you!

I am hopeful that some, or even hopefully most, of the damage that has been done is reversible, but I am concerned about entire lakes that are gone or all the animals that are extinct now, and even the overall temperature having so many extreme lows and highs how it will regain balance... that's the worrier in me. I am very inspired, though, by all the inventions that I'm seeing now and new initiatives every day to clean up and protect our planet.

I'm in on Earth Day. My hubby and I pick up and recycle the trash regularly on the side of the road, in addition to recycling everything we possibly can, but recycling isn't mandatory yet, so it's a process. To be honest, I don't know how they would make it mandatory for villages because there are big bins everywhere but no one regulates any of it. I dread to think about the poor people that have to sort it, for real. My idea, here, in Spain would be to make it mandatory and regulated. There is quite a bit of trash on the side of the roads, and it can be pretty sad, especially amidst all the beauty. I've suggested quite a few times in our village to the town hall, the local authority, about implementing a more aggressive recycling and tidying up of the village in general, but it hasn't gone anywhere. There needs to be more trash cans, and signs throughout Spain, like in the U.S. alerting people that there will be a fine, if they are caught littering. I think it would help, too.

Anyway, that's my short list...:) Thanks for sharing your lovely thoughts and post!

Hope you have a great weekend:-)

Hello, Kay,

This is such a wonderful invitation to get people to action. We have a montht to think about what to do on Earth Day!

Thank you for honoring the environment. For us in the Philippines, we do feel the effect of Climate Change. We are also the top 3 of plastic users. Ouch!

This year, my family and I are conscious about using plastic, and we hope one day the world could be really plastic-free! Small steps for now.

Thank you for this positive influence!

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Hi Dear Kay,
Thank you for your post. I didnt know that there was a day to celebrate the earth. I wi plan better for next year, however i am such an earth person. I teach my kids the importance of not polluting the earth
We also have cleanups once in a month within our estate.
Thanks and looking forward to listening to more of your stories.
Have a lovely day.