How do you celebrate the Earth?
One New Year’s when I was a girl, I made an unusual resolution. It was to hug a tree every day. Not just any tree but one tree in particular that stood near our patio with its soft, smooth bark and tall, tall trunk. I had never heard the word “tree-hugger” and my choice certainly wasn’t any kind of political stand. It was a response to something I felt deeply but couldn’t articulate verbally. It was that I wanted to thank the tree and be close to it, showing it my love and respect and appreciation. I wanted to befriend it and probably also protect it in some way.
My infatuation with trees has continued. So, too, has my love for nature. And yet I don’t make a daily practice of celebrating the earth with all its treasures. If I am honest with myself, I recognize that instead I make a daily practice of destroying the earth with all its treasures. I don’t know about you, but I get turned off by the politicization of environmental issues and overwhelmed by the challenges surrounding sustainability. Admittedly I am reluctant to make substantive lifestyle changes. As with so many big things, though, we are not wrong to start small.
This week, starting today on what is officially Earth Day, how can we celebrate the Earth and how can we strive to protect it? What are the ways you show your reverence for the Earth, and what are the ways you exercise your responsibility to preserve it?