As we enter Earth Month and look forward to Earth Day on April 22, we might be feeling especially eager to celebrate but there is also a lot for us to reflect on.
This is not just our home but a home that we share with so many other beings. It is imperative that we actively move towards a future where we are living in balance within our communities (human and non-human). Consider how different activities can support your connection to a local place in different ways. It might surprise you how acting locally can have a larger impact than you could imagine – perhaps even a global one!
Here are 5 activities/prompts that we are kindly offering, to help you get started:
- Learn how to make a recycled notebook! This is a great way to use materials that would otherwise go to waste and to invite some mindfulness into your daily practice outdoors.
- Attend a community event! Participating in outdoor community events can be a great to spend time with your close ones, learn from diverse local leaders, and connect with like-minded members of your community. Here are some upcoming events in your community that you could participate in this month:
- Sustaining Healthy Forests – Indigenous Perspectives on April 13, 2023 at 7PM PT
- An Evening for Forests on April 20, 2023 at 7PM PT.
- Citizen Science: An Intro to iNaturalist on April 29, 2023 at 1PM PT
- Earth Day at the Gardens on April 21, 2023 at 1PM PDT
- Go waste-less! Reduce waste, support your local community, and invite more reciprocal relationships this month and every month after that. Our waste-less holiday guide can be a helpful tool!
- Learn how to make your very own hummingbird feeder to support your local pollinator neighbors in their journeys.
- Share stories! This can be from your direct experience and knowledge in the places where you live or by listening and learning from the stories of others in your community. Consider diverse and underrepresented voices (human and non-human) as part of this engagement. In doing this mindfully, you can create space for deeper-rooted ways of knowing to emerge. Explore our list of book recommendations!
Image credit: Mya Van Woudenberg/SCBC