the tri wants to party with you this Earth Day!
As adults, we make around 35,000 decisions a day. We choose what we eat, what our children eat, what clothes to wear, what purchases we make, what we believe in, what we do and how we do it. During the time of making these decisions, the impact of these choices is not immediately evident outside our personal comfort or happiness. The reality is often kept mysterious or hidden by the social norm, mass media, marketing efforts of large corporations and by ourselves. We easily make excuses, or turn a blind eye, to not only evidence but also to mask our own feelings of what feels right and wrong.
In this process we must have compassion and mindfulness of ourselves and others and realize that even the journey of a million miles begins with the first step. And as long as we keep stepping and doing what we can while we can we progress, become stronger, gain wisdom and find meaningful connections and inspiration along the way. Here’s to you making decisions that make you feel good about yourself and that inspire others ?
We have all heard the headlines, seen the evidence, and felt the anxiety of how overwhelmingly we are losing the battle for a healthy planet Earth. But that is a big distortion of the truth, because we are simultaneously making positive leaps and bounds that are not sharing equal space in the headlines but they are happening nevertheless in countries and communities all over the world. Inspirational tales of people and organizations finding solutions, having the courage to love one another and choose life. These are the stories we focus on at the tri.
For example, did you know that Denmark produces approximately 44% of their energy from renewable resources?
Or that there are over 1,500 cities around the world committed to the “Transition” sustainable communitie’s movement?
There are so many of these inspiring tales happening in some of the most unlikely places like Detroit, Michigan, Bristol, England, small villages in India and beyond. These examples show us that the most inspirational actions can happen in the most unlikely places and that human potential is infinitely untapped.
But let’s get back to you and us and this Earth Day Party and inspiration. Have you ever felt like every time you go to see a documentary about the environment that it’s hopeless? That evil is prevailing overwhelmingly? Well my friends, do I have a treat for you, here are two movies that will re-inspire you and give your optimism battery a recharge.
“Where to Invade Next” Don’t let the title fool you, it is positively amazing and uplifting. Please don’t watch this on Earth Day! (see below, any other day of the year is a great idea). This one you can rent on Netflix or iTunes.
“Tomorrow” This one won the French equivalent to the Oscar for best documentary feature, has been released in 35 countries and debuts here in America on April 21 in celebration of Earth Day (please do not go to the movies on Earth Day!).
We encourage you activate with other theater goers after the film and tell everyone you know about it. This film is the most inspiring documentary ever made about the positive solutions being implemented around the world, and is a testament to our amazing human potential and ability to thrive. It is required viewing for all humans!
Let’s face it, we are Ferrari’s but we have no idea what we are capable of because we spend our lives driving around the Walmart parking lot instead of exploring our potential on the open road. Now we don’t want to come across as negative but we would like to point out the irony of our modern Earth Day celebration. Have you ever thought that the celebration of Earth Day is a bit backwards? People throwing parties and large events, they make t-shirts and lots of “stuff,” they sell products and services, drive cars to various locations etc. so on and so forth. When you think about it this is the equivalent of throwing a huge 80th birthday bash for your Grandma and asking her to host the party, prepare all the food, pay for the event and manage all the clean up by herself after everyone has trashed the place and has left her holding the bag… Awe man, poor Grandma, we love our Grandma and that’s no way to celebrate our Matriarch!
We want to encourage you to celebrate the earth by giving it a real holiday… by “Taking it Off!
We are providing a little gift of inspiration every day for the rest of this week leading up to Earth Day and 10 suggestions of things you can do (and not do) to have fun, honor the earth, yourself and make your Earth Day party great! You can do it for the day, for the month or for the rest of your life, that is entirely up to you and we will continue to provide you with inspirational suggestions here for as long as people are inspired and asking for us to help.
Remember that this is a party so have fun! The goal is to tread lightly and contribute greatly, enjoy the journey ?
Suggested Guideline & Protocol
Please attain all information and resources that you will need that entail travel or research prior to Earth Day and try to combine them with other action so you don’t make too many trips. Whenever possible use the least impactful means in obtaining supplies an information i.e. walk, ride bikes, public transportation, carpool, acquire things and do research in groups etc. If any of the suggestions below are not accessible in your area it’s a great opportunity for you to create them.
The following suggestions are exactly that, suggestions. Create your own day and If you have suggestions you would like to share please post them, we’re sure our community would love to hear about them.
10 Things You Can Do to give yourself and the Earth a fantastic holiday:
1) Please Purchase Nothing
2) Plant a carbon sequestering or fruit bearing tree that is indigenous to your area
3) Fast from food and or water
4) Fast from Water usage
Avoid watering your lawn or garden, washing dishes, doing laundry, showering if you must bathe do a Dr. Bronner’s bath, bathe yourself, your spouse or lover, your children or friends this way by yourself or in groups.
5) Fast from technology and cell phones
Turn them off and put em away. Don’t worry you’ll be fine, just let people know what your doing so they don’t worry.
6) Fast from energy consumption
Fast from energy consumption of all kinds to the best of your ability. Unplug energy using devices that are not essential like refrigerators. We must use our common sense here, if all of your food goes bad and you have to replace it, it defeats your intention.
7) Create no waste
Waste is a man-made invention. There is no waste in nature.
8) Move by human power
Walk, Bike or Skate… use no form of motorized or energy consuming transportation. If you must move about use public transportation or just choose to stay home.
9) Restoration & Clean Up
Find out what opportunities are available for you to participate in in your area. There are a number of things that you can do in your community like restore local watershed, wetlands, beach cleanup, forest restoration etc. Here are some suggestions and links to organizations that host such activities.
Connect with your community, your loved ones and your natural surroundings. Celebrate life, sing, dance, create music, pray, meditate, express your gratitude.
We know you are committed to having the most fun possible participating in positive solutions and turning perceived challenges into opportunities while honoring yourself, others and our planet in the most fulfilling and rewarding way possible. We hope you challenge yourself in ways you haven’t before and to pursue your path to the realization of your utmost human potential.
We are so very grateful for your participation and hope you have the best Earth Day ever. We look forward to you sharing your experience with us and our community of friends.
Here is our first gift, a poem from Aldous Huxley, we hope you enjoy it.
“It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.
I was so preposterously serious in those days, such a humorless little prig. Lightly, lightly – it’s the best advice ever given me. When it comes to dying even. Nothing ponderous, or portentous, or emphatic. No rhetoric, no tremolos, no self conscious persona putting on its celebrated imitation of Christ or Little Nell. And of course, no theology, no metaphysics. Just the fact of dying and the fact of the clear light.
So throw away your baggage and go forward. There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet, trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. That’s why you must walk so lightly. Lightly my darling, on tiptoes and no luggage, not even a sponge bag, completely unencumbered.”
– Aldous Huxley, Island