Friday Feeling

Oh what a feeling! Weekly messages from our practitioners and team from Bridging the Gap Wellness Center.

Earth Day 2022 

As I researched the history of  Earth Day, I discovered that it has been going on since the month that I was born. It’s in its 52nd year, just like me. It began in 1970.

Earth Day is observed to inspire people to maintain and preserve the environment’s wildlife and greenery. It wasn’t planned that way, but our first ever Spring Women’s Retreat in Mattawa turned out to start today.

Earth Day is an annual global event, observed on April 22, that celebrates the environmental movement and raises awareness about pollution and ways to maintain a clean habitat. 

The Earth Hour 2022 theme will focus on ‘Shape Our Future’.

I try to do what I can, where I can to protect Mother Earth. I use reusable water bottles whenever we can. I avoid using single serve baggies where I can. I recycle what I can. Although I have a lot of reusable grocery bags, I tend to forget them when I go into the store.

What are a few simple things that you can do to help protect Mother Earth? 

REDUCE, REUSE, AND RECYCLE 

  • Doing what you can to cut down on what you throw away. I try very hard to recycle whatever I can to keep out of the landfills.

EDUCATE

  • Share what you learn about things that are recyclable and how to help Mother Earth survive. Make sure children learn that there is only ONE Mother Earth and we all need to do our part to protect her.

CONSERVE WATER

  • This probably the one most of us do not do often enough. We take turning on the tap for granted. A simple thing to do is, put a jug of water in the fridge instead of leaving the water run to get cold.

CHOOSE SUSTAINABLE

  • I used to buy plastic water bottles for different functions, out of convenience. Now I make sure to remind people to bring their reusable bottles and fill up at the water cooler. Even for the Women’s Retreat this weekend, we brought 5 gallon jugs of drinking water with a spout to fill our glasses or bottles.
  • Use reusable batteries wherever possible, longer-lasting light bulbs, and eliminating plastic shopping bags. 

It’s our job to make sure Mother Earth stays clean and healthy. This is equally important for the water, land, wildlife, atmosphere, and us humans. 

Shop wisely. … 

Plant a tree.

Did you know that Earth Hour was famously started as a lights out event in Sydney, Australia in 2007.

I didn’t realize that it was on any given day. I thought it was a thing to do on Earth Day. But in fact, Earth Hour starts at 8:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m. on any day, especially towards the end of March. 

If you haven’t already (even if you are reading this on another day), simply take children or your dog on a nature walk, whether that’s in your backyard, at a local park, on a nearby forest trail, or on school grounds, depending on what’s accessible in your area at this time. Doing a nature walk is not only about celebrating Earth Day. It’s also a time to connect with each other.

I invite you to share some facts about the environment to show how Mother Earth is suffering.

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