Earth Day and Easter may seem an unlikely combination, but this year they fall only two days apart. I believe in the maxims of do unto others and love thy neighbor and it seems like both of those boil down to treating yourself kindly so that you may treat others kindly. That rule of thumb leads nicely into treating the planet kindly, so you can treat yourself kindly, so you can treat your neighbors, grocer, plumber, employees, spouse, kids and the telemarketer who calls at 7:00 p.m., kindly.
So instead of my normal guide or tips or list, I’m bringing you inspiration for both Easter and Earth Day from real people affecting environmental change while celebrating. These quotes came directly from comments on Care2.com and from EarthDay.org’s “A Billion Acts of Green” pledges.
“I bought some Easter “Eggs” at LUSH, a brand of hand-made natural products like solid shampoos, solid creams, deo or serum etc. They are friendly with animals (No tests) and with environment (no packaging or less, just wrapped in recycled paper, etc.). And as it’s not chocolate Eggs it’s better for shape!” – Baldovi A.
- Kip C. pledged to “Scripture covenant on living sustainably.” This was in response to, “The EARTHWORKS mission group of St. James Church, Skaneateles, NY will covenant the 8 weeks following Easter to study Scripture on being good stewards of God’s green earth and embracing together life-changing ways of living more sustainably.” – From EarthDay.org
- “I love the idea of putting something like modeling clay in an Easter basket instead of cheap plastic do-dads from the $1 section of the local super-mart!” – Anonymous
- “My mom always made our Easter baskets in something we could use afterward, like an umbrella (upside down), a purse, or Barbie storage case. We loved it! – Michelle F.
- “For a person new to the idea of an Eco-Friendly Easter Basket it seems a bit time-consuming in preparations. It just may be a great way to spend a Saturday with the grandkids and learn something new along the way for all of us.” – Pam W.
- My celebration of Easter is made of going to church, then to my grandma’s house. Occasionally, my younger cousins bring chocolates and give them out. I’d say my Easter’s pretty green! – Victoria N.
- Montemar pledged “Tree planting on randomized locations at our hometown during long holidays like holy week or Easter season.” – From EarthDay.org
What are some of the things you’re doing this Easter to bring Earth Day into your Easter or Easter into your Earth Day? As for me, I’m working on getting a local and well-known hotel chain to include some organic and free-range options on their Easter brunch menu.
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Note: Earth Day is this Friday, April 22 and Easter is this Sunday, April 24.