Preparing to celebrate Earth Day!
Earth Day, first celebrated in 1970, is an annual event which takes place on April 22 in almost 200 countries. It demonstrates support for environmental protection.
Earth Day is a great opportunity to revisit the commitments we made to care for our common home! For an examen on this, visit Ignatian Solidarity network.
What have I done well? Where have I fallen short? What more can I do to protect our precious planet?
Some other websites that offer many excellent suggestions for us individually as well as for groups include:
EarthDay.org, which has fact sheets and tool kits on planting trees, reducing plastic consumption, participating in Democracy, voting and sustainable fashion. You can post your event on the site and see what events are planned in your area.
CatholicClimateCovenant.org, which offers a participant guide and facilitator’s guide on living simply. They also have a very useful worksheet called Abundant Living Worksheet to be used individually or by groups.
Let’s celebrate this day individually and in community. If you’re at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods for our Earth Day Festival on April 22, plan to stop in the education tent between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., to visit the organizations and vendors who support Green activities and services. Our Climate Change Task Force will be sponsoring a table as well.
“Earth Day should encourage us to reflect on what we are doing to make our planet a more sustainable and livable place.” – Scott Peters
Don’t forget to come out to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods for the anticipated return of our annual Earth Day Festival on April 22!
Hosted by White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence, there will be something for everyone! Activities will include nature shows, earth-related craft activities for children, spinning, weaving and felting demonstrations. And don’t forget the alpacas!
Unique foods will be available from a variety of food trucks and vendors and bring your own refillable water bottles for our free water station.
Plus, the Sisters of Providence will host a bake sale.
The festival starts at 11 a.m., and concludes at 3 p.m.
Yes, Earth Day must be every day! Each person’s contribution to creating a better climate works for all of us. Whether we live in an area where recycling is supported or not we can do our part to be careful as to what we trash. Encourage your community to make recycling an important part of your environment.