Earth Day, April 22nd, may be seen as a day for the Green Movement. For David Suzuki supporters, animal rights activists and just generally good people who know they have a responsibility to the earth. I see Earth Day as an opportunity to contemplate the beauty of God’s creation and act as stewards for the planet He gave us.
Salmon Arm and surrounding communities will be celebrating this day in many ways, such as with a massive pile of recyclable drinking cans and bottles at Bastion Elementary School, efforts to get people out of their cars and onto their bicycles, buses and their feet. Classrooms will take the kids outside to explore the natural beauty we are so blessed to be surrounded by in this region, while families can do the same. Our aim is to make this an every day value, not pertinent to one day out of the year. The Shuswap is blessed to boast constant reminders of how God established the natural world to work effectively if human invention and destruction stays out of His way.
God’s creation has provided us with all we need, so here are some ideas for how to use His bounty in the coming months and protect natural resources.
1. Consider alternative energies. Solar thermal or electric, micro-hydro and wine turbine generated power can be powerful tools if you live in the right area and consult professionals who know whether you have the right system for your area and how to set things up to maximize your resources.
2. Dry your clothing outside. For the person who wants to get fit but cannot get motivated about aerobics classes, or cannot afford a gym membership, make housework your exercise. When clothes are ready to dry hang them on the line. Providing a covered area will enable you to utilize the sun’s heat without worrying about rain, but direct sunlight will also provide the bleaching properties that make diapers and whites cleaner and whiter.
3. When you plant your garden this spirng, consider planting partnerships such as garlic and onion plants or other aromatic herbs which, when located near your flowers and fruit bushes, may keep certain pests and insects away without sprays. Encourage beneficial creatures to enter your garden such as wasps, frogs or ladybugs by not using pesticides (they kill without distinction) and planting the flowers they love. Establish areas for birds with birdseed and bird houses: they eat insects and other pests too. Just make sure that if you begin to feed the birds, you feed them all year.
If we try to establish or maintain this kind of symbiosis, we can really appreciate the plan God already made to make everything in nature work together if we don’t interfere.