Happy Earth Day!

From our family to yours we hope that you have a joyous Earth Day and find time to connect with your natural environment, play with your kids in the backyard, go for a walk in the woods, stop and listen to the birds, and revel in the enormity of our planet and the intimate connection that we each have to sustaining it.

I am reminded of the Native American proverb that states, "We don't inherit the earth from our parents, we borrow it from our children." It is this that keeps me going to try and do more to help keep our environment in balance, because I want my kids to know that their future matters. And, if we all just keep a conscious eye on how our actions impact the natural world that supports us, then we can attempt to tread a little lighter. Because not everyone can do everything, but we all can do something! And all the little somethings add up.

If you don't recycle, start. If you only recycle when you are home, start bringing things home to recycle. If you recycle everything, try using more reusable containers and making less waste. If you already recycle everything and have little waste, try composting. There are steps we can all take to tread lighter, and they all count, nothing is too small to matter. Just know that everything we consume and use has to go somewhere, and if it doesn't go easily back into our earth (like compost), than it has to end up somewhere and oftentimes stay there... forever.

We have an awesome opportunity, however, to limit our impact and in doing so sustain what ultimately sustains us: our environment. I mean think about it, we need the air and water we use to be clean, we need good soil to grow food, we need safe products that our bodies can handle. We need to keep our environment in balance, our lives depend on it. If we cut down a tree, we have one less source of oxygen. If we dump bleach down the drain, we have one more toxin in our waters. But, if we use cloth napkins, we may save that one tree, and breathe a little better. If we use biodegradable soap, we keep our waters clean and clear.

So, think of the little things, and know that they are really big things, vital to keeping that balance. And, above all else, on Earth Day, and everyday for that matter, remember your connection to good ole' Mother Earth by taking a big deep breath of fresh air, drinking some clean water, and maybe letting your toes feel the grass every once in awhile. It's good for you, it's good for our planet.

Angela Malson