April 22, 2020: Earth Day.
50 years ago systemic environmental abuse broke open to reveal the first Earth Day. Crowds of people hungry for change took to the streets carrying visions of creating a world anew. Amidst the heavy waves of democratization they created a tradition that day in 1970.
This Earth Day is difficult to navigate not because it is carrying a 50 year legacy or even because of COVID-19; this Earth Day is difficult to navigate because it is different. It is my vision that we are able lean into the difference with a gratitude for the space it has created and a tender hope for the unfolding of something new.
Perhaps you remember the craze of late 2016 surrounding the alleged death of the Great Barrier Reef. News articles and viral tweets popped up with phrases like "The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness. It was 25 million years old" and mummers of defeated voices spreading have-you-heards trickled through the hallways. It was an eerie feeling. It seemed we'd all just lost a war most of us didn't know we were fighting, and we all had blood on our hands.
Sustainability. Its a term creeping up in more and more aspects of our lives. It has gained prominence in the face of climate change and increased climate awareness. Marketing teams are acutely aware of the buzz and have slapped the word across their products. But… what exactly is this ~sustainability~ stuff all about?
Coffee is liquid gold, an elixir brewed of earth and heaven. A delight to the senses, it envelops your nose with distinctly earthy tones twisted with a rich nutty tang. Its warmth is soft on lips and comforting against your palms. And of course, there's nothing quite like the smooth, bold flavor of coffee on the tongue. With sound medicinal effects for the body and stimulating effects on the mind, its no wonder so many of us are absolutely addicted to the drug that is coffee.
Despite my deep affection toward this enchanting drink, common methods for making coffee conflict quite a bit with my sustainability morals.
"Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders."
I welcome you on this journey with me, through me.
I am growing.
Natural living enthusiast, beach bum, waste-reduced, environmentalist, plant-based, student, artist, yogi, plant mom, Virgo, human, soul