April is always an exciting time of year for those of us who plant gardens. The earth becomes ready to till, temperatures are on the rise and our energy levels seem to get a spike. Growing up, my dad had it mastered. Just the right seed varieties were ordered, crop rotation was mapped out and soil was prepared to perfection. Let the work begin!
It is so appropriate that we celebrate Earth Day this month. April 22 marks the 42nd anniversary of this movement to encourage awareness and appreciation for Earth and its resources. This year, Earth Day Network calls upon “more than one billion people around the globe to help Mobilize the Earth™.” We are encouraged to unite for a sustainable future and encourage others, including organizations and governments, to do their part.
What difference can we make? Maybe, as a family, you could plant a tree in remembrance of a departed loved one; or individually make a commitment to write to your government officials, shop local or invest in reusable, canvas shopping bags. When taken collectively, these small acts can make a difference!
We have so many great articles to share with you this month. Speaking of planting, Will Allen of Growing Power gives us “the dirt” on the importance of healthy soil and why we should both make and use compost. Alexandria Binkowski gives us a good overview of naturopathy, a system of holistic medicine. And, Bob Mair offers an option for you to consider in light of rising gas prices. These are just a few examples of ways you can live healthier and reduce your carbon footprint … please read on for more!
Best wishes to all of you on your path to healthy living. Please find a special way to leave your mark this Earth Day!