Happy Earth Day, Creatives! Remember when we were kiddos, and we would play school, house, and store, taking on the persona of super hero and super star? Well, yesterday I attended the Earth Day – Bay Day event, our local Earth Day Celebration. It occurred to me that in lots of ways it was a way for us to play Earth. Afterall, it is our home, our school, our store, and if we are good to it, we get to be its heroes and super stars.
One of the reasons I went was to support my artist hubby, Eric. He often accompanies me when I have art festivals or shows. It felt good to give to him as he gives to me.
Eric teamed up with Parks and Rec to create Education Trees. Together they designed an eco-awareness project that was based on art and play. Christmas trees were ornamented with newspaper, t-shirt yarn, and unwanted items (broken toys, frames, jewelry, corks). Participants were invited to pour through the supplies and assemble something made fresh by their imagination.
Slowing down to play together made opportunities for sharing about the Earth and how we can care for her better. I showed up to the event when Eric was on break, so I got to witness what others thought of the Education Trees. What a hit! They brought out the kids in adults and helped kids think about how they too might make recycling more fun.
One tree in particular invited everyone to share a message of love.
I would like to invite you to leave YOUR message for Mother Earth in the comments. Perhaps you wish to commit to an eco-care practice, invest further in your own routine by adding an another layer of healthy living or simply leave behind a love note for Momma Earth. Which ever you choose, consider how you can make everyday a Happy Earth Day!