Earth Day is this Friday, April 22 – it’s time to celebrate our commitment to the environment. And with the Sun in earthy Taurus, the energy of the cosmos seems to be supporting this important day.
Organized in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson in response to an oil spill near Santa Barbara, Earth Day marks the beginning of the modern environmental movement. From 20 million participants to more than 500 million in 175 countries today, Earth Day’s proliferation reflects our growing ecological conscious. With such events as Gulf Oil spill and Japan's recent earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, the Earth has demanded our attention and hopefully woken us up to not only the uncertainty of our surroundings, but to the importance of doing what we can to take care of our most precious resource: Mother Earth herself.
While we are not in control of the shifting of tectonic plates or ocean currents, there are so many ways we can nurture our environment and control our waste. The Environmental Protection Agency, founded just three months after the first Earth Day, reminds us of what lies beyond recycling; options like biking to work, composting, recycling our electronics, using renewable fuels in our vehicles and being vigilant about fixing leaky faucets, to name a few. Frequenting environmentally responsible businesses and hotels is another way we can demonstrate our support for the Earth's cause.
This Friday, join your community and attend the numerous celebrations in the area to explore how to interact with your environment in a more positive, effective way. From exploring organic foods to discovering ways to make crafts from recycled materials, your attendance is a proactive step towards healing the planet.
A five-planet lineup in fiery Aries, and the Moon visiting philanthropic Aquarius, sets an enthusiastic tone to make a change through our collective concerns and in demonstrating our commitment. The planetary message? Get out there and do something for Gaia!