21 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day: Take Care of Yourself

Each day of the month of April leading up to Earth Day (April 22), I will be offering a suggestion for how we can really honor the Earth this year. This list will go beyond the usual suggestions to change your light bulbs and take shorter showers. Instead, the focus is on collective action working toward radical social change.

Caring for the Earth can be overwhelming sometimes. If you’re just getting started, don’t try to do it all at once. Find a place to start. Find your focus. Not every cause must be your cause. Find a cause you are passionate about, something that fuels your spirit. Here’s a Starter Kit to get you going.

Build on your strengths. Not all activism happens in the streets. Making real change needs all kinds of citizens: investigators, communicators, builders, resisters, nurturers, networkers. Take the quiz at “The Story of Stuff” to find out what kind of changemaker you are.

Take care of yourself. Don’t forget to breathe. Take time for your self. Beware of burnout. Drink lots of water. Pray.

Keep coming back to that which sustains you, whether you call it “God”, “the Goddess”, “the Gods”, “the Spirits of the Land”, just “Spirit”, or by no name at all.

Take Patrick Robbins’ advice to

“Walk by yourself at night under the dark sky. Recognize that you only have one life, that you have more power than you realize, and that there is a grace and a joy that comes from using that power for something bigger than yourself.”

But also recognize that the climate crisis is complicated—no one person is going to solve it by themselves. Know that you don’t have to have all the answers, you don’t have to do everything, and you don’t have to be perfect.

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