Today I thought about why exactly Earth Day means so much, and what is means to celebrate our earth and protect it at the same time.
It’s not easy to express.
Yet I’ve always found resonance in the great law of the Iroquois confederacy, which states that “In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.”
photo via Flickr
When I gave birth to my daughter, after decades of environmental activism and education, this had a whole new, much deeper meaning. When I look into her beautiful blue green eyes, I feel deep pangs in my heart and my soul. May she and her children and grandchildren, have health… and live in a world that is not only still safe for them, but also beautiful and full of nature.
These days, as I learn about the presence of BPA (bisphenol A, a terribly toxic endocrine and hormone disruptor chemical that is dangerous even in tiny amounts) all over our ocean’s beaches (because of the plastic islands in the middle of our oceans)…
photo via Flickr
and look around to see old pressure-treated, CCA wood aging and leaching all over my neighborhood… and find out that the new food processor we bought to make her own baby food at home, and the tops of the yogurt containers and canning jars I use also have toxic chemicals in them… I WONDER.
But I hope. As deeply as I can.
organic bag from our shop (with 7 flowers for the 7 generations of the Iroquoise confederacy law)
And I take every opportunity to celebrate the earth, to teach her about nature, to make the often unpopular decisions in our family and community to stay away from toxic things and places, to demand change and that officials take responsibility, and to live more simply, more happily and more peacefully with nature.
Happy EARTH DAY to you and yours. Today and every day.
Oh, and be sure to check out the 56 Naturalkids team Etsy shops having SALES, PROMOTIONS and GIFTS WITH PURCHASE today to celebrate Earth Day!!!!!
And be sure to check out My Sweet Greens for a fabulous week of beautiful giveaways.