April 22 is Earth Day – a very special day in my heart – and for our planet. I will not be exaggerating if I say that this day is almost as special (actually far more) to me as a festival like Diwali (one of the most important Hindu festivals).
Ironically though, Diwali could possibly be the worst day as far as Earth is concerned! I’ll vent on that a paragraph later (LOL).
First, an exciting announcement! I’m hosting an Earth Day Blog Hop starting April 10 until April 24 and I heartily invite you all to participate in the celebration. This blog hop will be co-hosted by my blogger friend Abbie at Greening Sam and Avery. Her blog is primarily about creating nature-related green learning and playing opportunities for kids. It’s beautiful. You must check out.
Read on to know how you can participate. See some beautiful pictures from our recent nature walk and make use of some wonderful links for Earth Day related activities…
Going back to why Diwali is not an earth-friendly festival to indulge in…
Well, considering the gazillion units of electricity/power wasted over decorating the homes and cities with fancy lights for days and nights on end – in the name of Diwali, and considering the monstrous amount of poisonous gases emitted from the fire crackers burnt all over the country – is this day anything less than a curse for our nature! Again, I don’t think I am exaggerating…sigh…this is the reality of the Diwali festival. Or, for that matter the New Year, Ganesh Puja or the 4th of July. Artificial lights, fancy fireworks, truck loads of glossy gift wrapping papers – enough to fill the landfills across the Earth – define our festivals and celebrations….
This Earth day, as much as we would like to do some Earth-related art, craft etc. I would focus much more on making our home and lifestyle greener and earth-friendly. There’s much I need to introspect on…
Here’s an article I wrote last year about: detoxing our home environment.
Not that I can really rule out the daily damage we do to our mother Earth. But, at least, I can reduce the impact by being intentional in our day to day living.
Living that entails what we eat, what we shop, how I clean my house, what gifts I buy, how I wrap them, places we visit, how I handle and dispose off the waste, modes of entertainment. I’ve already begun this introspection and action and hope to do more and more. As I progress on this path, I will share my experiences with you all…
(When I started blogging more than three years back, I wrote this article about the miraculous health benefits of Flax Seeds. This article remains – till date – my most-read article ever! )
Talking about modes of entertainment – nature walks, I firmly believe, are the perfect antidote to the fast-paced, nature-deprived city lives.
I’ve consistently experienced that I get massive headache whenever I visit the malls (I’m visiting less and less in the past one year). Ditto with the hubby. And, he comes out with red and puffy eyes. There’s something so stuffy and artificial about the atmosphere in there that doesn’t feel right. Plus the crowd, the lights, the sight of extreme commercialization, the temptations….
This is the reason I’m perpetually in a state of no decent clothes to wear. For, a trip to the mall is a torture! Right now, I don’t have more than 2-3 pairs of dresses that I can wear outside! But then there’s a sunny side to this problem – my sort-of pathetic wardrobe has helped me get creative in upcycling old clothes. It gives me a kick to rise to the occasion each time by mixing and matching clothes. Some in my wardrobe right now date 10 years back! Well, I used to be slimmer then than I am now but I still manage to get into them – somehow!
This past weekend, we enjoyed the most beautiful colours, aroma and textures of Spring.
That time spent in the midst of birds and blooms -watching Pari run wild and ecstatic – made Avie and me introspect in a deep and profound way about what how we really want to live going further. My urge to have a piece of land to myself so I can connect with mother Earth – is growing so much that it’s a misery right now…I know I have to break free to live like a free soul.
These beautiful sights brought pure joy to our heart. Hope these pictures will inspire you too… :)
At the end of this picture gallery, read how you can participate in the Earth Day Celebrations blog hop.
The birds never cease to make my heart light and peaceful. Just looking at them makes me wonder at our amazing planet.
Pari and I are planning to create an environment in our baconies that will invite more and more birds. I’ve found some inspiring help on the Greening Sam and Avery blog.
The sight of fallen leaves seems to me poetic and poignant at the same time. Aren’t they an exquisite patchwork of colours and textures! I think I have hundreds of pictures of fallen leaves on my external hard drive! Here are a few from the recent walk….
So, come join us in the Earth Day Celebrations!
To participate, do an Earth-friendly creative and meaningful activity in your home/neighbourhood/community. It can be an art/craft activity, planting trees, a community service project – anything really that celebrates the spirit of Earth, being green, living sustainably.
You can write about it if you have a blog and then come back and link it up here between April 10 – 24
Even if you don’t have a blog, you can always post a picture of your Earth Day Celebration on the Mommy Lab’s Facebook page.
More than 30 bloggers have already signed up for this celebration. A BIG thank you to all these wonderful blogs for taking participating!
Hosts: Mommy Labs, Greening Sam and Avery
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I hope you will join, too :-)
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