It’s Earth Day, y’all, or as some of us in the dirtyhippyyogi crew say “the day we remember that we’re supposed to have Earth Day every day.”
Because, you know, one day per year of lovin’ on this rock might not be quite enough?
Or global warming and other things is just a fantasy and there’s plenty to go around no matter how much we destruct, yes?
Listen, I know some people honestly believe that. I know some people refuse to recycle because they have it in their heads that it’s just a ruse for the city to take more of our money and they’re really throwing our recyclables in with our other trash.
Hey, you might be right! I say, though, why take our chances? Unless you’ve physically seen the future and KNOW that nothing we’re doing is hurting the earth (I believe we cause harm, by the way), why risk it? Why not just recycle the damn cans, or plant some damn flowers, or WHATEVER it is? It’s my understanding that there are some SUPER easy things we could all be doing, as easy as just RECYCLING STUFF WE’RE ALREADY USING in areas ALREADY SET UP FOR US, so why not just do it?
Baffling, sorry. I don’t get people like that.
My friend Kerry told us this story this morning while she was teaching us yoga, and I just loved it. Imagine that, instead of being all big, the Earth was really only a few diameters wide, like a big beach ball. It is suspended in the middle of a big field, and people come from all over to just MARVEL at it. How all parts of it are different yet work together. How there are some big pools of water, and some small pools of water, and tons of little threads of water that connect it all together, and it just works.
It’s magical, when you think about it.
The problem is that we can’t really see the big picture unless we’re lucky enough to do some SERIOUS travelling, and even then we’re kind of in a bubble, aren’t we?
So I say let’s not risk it. Take whatever slice of the Earth you’re privy to, see it for the magic that it is, and take care of it to the best of your ability. You don’t have to live in a tent and Leave No Trace and not use detergent, but there are things that we could ALL be doing better, even if it means planting ONE herb that you usually buy and using that instead of storebought fresh herbs that leave a massive carbon footprint.
Small things that can make a big difference. That’s what it’s all about, right?
Happy Earth Day!