Earth Day 2015 is upon us – tomorrow, in fact. As with all celebrations, it points out that we can always bring more awareness to our everyday choices. Life is full of repetition. We are constantly choosing between the “same” options (even if the options are the same, they are at a different time, in a different context, which makes them unique), but after awhile, we stop choosing. We make choices based on what we chose before – the option that has become comfortable. If we are able to step back and really look at the choices at hand, we realize that even if a new choice from the same options seems awkward or challenging or inconvenient at first, it can become more comfortable and easy. So, in each moment that we have a decision to make about stepping in the car or walking to our destination, about taking a 5-minute shower or a 30-minute shower, about planting a succulent or planting a flower, about littering or throwing unwanted paper in the trash, we get to choose. Maybe the choice is always different, but we have the power to make the Earth a little more comfortable if we choose to help her out. And we have the option to take back our own power of choice by being present and aware.
Interesting Background on Earth Day
provided by: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/publiced/earthday/
“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ”
– Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Earth Day was conceived in 1969 by Sen. Gaylord Nelson, D-Wisconsin, and his assistant Dennis Hayes, after a trip they took to Santa Barbara following the devastating oil spill off the Southern California coast. According to legend, the men were so outraged by what they saw that upon returning to Washington, D.C., Nelson introduced a bill designating April 22 as a national day to celebrate the Earth. The date was chosen to help commemorate the birth of famed naturalist and conservationist John Muir, who was born on April 21, 1838.
Fun Things to do in LA tomorrow
Cleanup Downtown (free shirt!) – http://angelcitybrewery.com/events/arts-district-earth-day-community-clean-up/
Join the Movement & Plant Something Special – https://www.facebook.com/events/327883710751172/
Celebrate a Beautiful Day at a Park with booths, info sessions, and Plant Giveaways – http://grandparkla.org/ai1ec_event/earth-day-la/?instance_id=62352
HAPPY EARTH DAY!