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Earth Day and Easter

Earth Day and Easter

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.

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    “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.

- Jocelyn Broyles

Headline image  © Lori Dagley: www.loridagley.com

Note: Earth Day is this Friday, April 22 and Easter is this Sunday, April 24.

Related Links:
Homemade Easter Egg Dyes
Earth Day 2011
10 Best Movies for Earth Day

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12:23PM PDT on Apr 7, 2013

thanks for sharing!

5:58AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

Let's treasure what we've got

4:35AM PST on Mar 3, 2012

Thank you

1:04AM PST on Mar 3, 2012

Thanks for the article.

11:08PM PDT on May 4, 2011

Thank You dearly. I had my comment but after reading janine k, I have nothing to add:) Lovely comments!

4:49PM PDT on Apr 26, 2011

interesting. :D

9:44AM PDT on Apr 25, 2011

thx

2:57AM PDT on Apr 25, 2011

that is the same thing...celebrating life...

8:53PM PDT on Apr 24, 2011

Easter is a time of light returning to a darkened world. With the light we get growth and multiplication of species ;)
How we got eating candy out of it is amazing. I know as kids we got tons and tons and tons at easter. It was not usual as Mom was very good at doling out healthy food and we were skinny as sticks (except my sister) I don't think she ate the candy. (Too much spaghetti!)
I want to thank my 2 Grandmothers who made Easter very special. Also my Aunt Millie and Uncle Al and-- Uncle Frankie-- (who they found in the forest and took home to keep) and my Mom who was very patient while I picked out the "exact" thing I wanted to wear for the holiday. To this day I remember her telling me that I should never have an idea in my head of what I wanted before going to the store because they didn't always have it. You were right Mom. Sorry I had such fixed ideas of what I wanted in my head. I always did, til now. Perfection isn't all it's cracked up to be. (egg joke, get it, cracked up...;0)

6:50PM PDT on Apr 24, 2011

when did all thes holidays become about kids and candy?

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