Everywhere I turn, there’s some sale or giveaway or special in the name of Earth Day. It has almost become another occasion, like “Labor Day” or “Memorial Day”, to entice consumers into their store, on line or brick and mortar. We need to take a step back and assess this. Consumerism is NOT what Earth Day is about. Earth Day is supposed to be for the benefit of Earth’s environment; not to destroy it by producing more waste just to sell to consumers.
If you are going to spend money on behalf of the environment, buy something that is for the environment. Donate to an environmental organization, like Earthday.org, (how appropriate) buy handmade, and buy a tree or a plant or flower. Spend the day quietly without a big hoopla. Buy local and stay local. I plan to do all five today. I’m buying a tree to plant to replenish one that died from the severe winter we just had. I plan to plant more seeds. I plan to share more seed packets. I plan to spend a quiet day in my backyard playing with dirt. After seeing these little green sprouts today, I can’t think of a better way to spend Earth Day.
Oh, I will be bidding on EcoEtsy’s Handmade for Earth Day Auction to buy handmade eco-goodies and I know my donation will go to help World Wildlife Fund, an organization that works tirelessly to help the environment.