22 April 2011


Welcome to the Earth Day Blog Carnival

This post is part of the Earth Day Blog Carnival hosted by Child of the Nature Isle and Monkey Butt Junction. Each participant has shared their practices and insights of earth friendly, environmentally conscious, eco-living. This carnival is our way to share positive information and inspiration that can create healing for our planet. Please read to the end of this post to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. Happy Earth Day!

The word “we” can be used interchangeably with “She,” “Nature/The Earth,” and especially “I.”

We go to bed, tired.
We wake up, tired.

We change, we move, we breathe.

We create.

We take time to play.
We build, we break, we repair.

We wash, use and reuse.

We relax, we forget, we persevere.

We do. We promote. We advocate. We collaborate. We succumb.

We touch, we fuss, we love. We become devoted.

We produce. We provide. We pacify.

We blanket. We cradle. We nurture.

We sustain. Life.

We do this for our children.
We do this for our future.
We do this for our planet.

Earth Day Blog Carnival - Child of the Nature Isle and Monkey Butt JunctionVisit Monkey Butt Junction and Child of the Nature Isle to read all about the Earth Day Blog Carnival.
Going Green in 2011 - Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama discusses the way she and her family are going “greener” in 2011.

Our Greatest Teacher - Amanda at Let’s Take the Metro shares her experiences with her children and nature, their greatest teacher.

Dreaming of Spring Gardening - Erin of the Waterloons talks about the ultimate in local food, her backyard garden.

Earth Conscious Minimalism - Nada at miniMOMist thinks minimalism can help you save the world — as long as you don’t just toss everything in the trash! Check out Her list of places to donate (bet you haven’t thought of them all!).

Blessings to the Earth - Amy at Anktangle believes that a simple act, such as being intentionally grateful for our food, is just the catalyst we need to bring about large-scale change.

Eight Movies to Inspire Change - Mrs Green at Little Green Blog shares her top 8 movies that have inspired her to take action to make the world a better place. She’d love to hear your suggestions to add to her viewing list!

Can I Have a Green Period Too? Kelly at Becoming Crunchy shares the environmental impact of switching to sustainable menstrual products, along with offering a great Mama Cloth giveaway for anyone interested in making the switch (and for those who already have and want to increase their stash!).

An Eden to Call Our Own - Lucy at Dreaming Aloud shares how learning to care for the Earth starts in her own garden.

Elimination Communication - Melissa at the New Mommy Files discusses the environmental impact of diapering, and why elimination communication was the best choice for her family.

The Living Earth: A Meditation in Science and Reverence - Seonaid at The Practical Dilettante asks you to pause to wonder at the blessing of the fact that our living planet is here at all.

Earth Day Anthem - Amanda at Let’s Take the Metro created a poem in honor of Mother Earth, women and nurturers everywhere.

The Plasticity of Compromise - Zoie at TouchstoneZ shares how she is working to compromise on healthy family living and avoiding plastics whenever possible.

Earth Day Resolutions - Charise at I Thought I Knew Mama shares why she has decided to make Earth Day resolutions, what those resolutions are, and how they are a step up from her current efforts at green living.

Is it time for you to say “Enough!”? Mrs Green at My Zero Waste asks you to rise up and say ‘Enough!’ on Earth Day.

Homeschooling with the Earth - Terri at Child of the Nature Isle shares her desires and dreams for Earth-based learning and the ways her two young children have already started a natural curriculum.

Beyond the Green Sheen - Jenn at Monkey Butt Junction offers some advice on how to avoid greenwashing and make purchasing choices that really have a positive impact.


  1. I love posts like this - while anyone can write with a lot of words, it is sometimes much more difficult to say something well and say it succinctly.

    This is my favorite line: "We do. We promote. We advocate. We collaborate. We succumb."

    Sometimes we do succumb. Sometimes, that's a good thing, too.

  2. At the end of this, I wanted to stand up and yell "Yes!" Very inspiring and well written! I tip my hat to you, my dear!

  3. Beautifully written - thank you, Amanda!

  4. Lovely - thank you Amanda! :)

  5. You are quiet the poet mama! That was lovely. I too wanted to stand up and yell at the end of it! :)

  6. Oh, I love it! Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem. =)

  7. I am truly humbled by all of your responses. :) Thank you.

  8. Right on! This is a great change-up for the Earth Day carnival. I like how you eloquently show the waxing and waning of our lives interwoven with the earth itself.
    (I wrote this comment this afternoon, but got distracted before I could press send. Now, everyone's asleep :)
    My kids popped in the room and I read it to them. They asked me to read it 3 times more. We've been talking about it after books were done and the lights were out. I'm going to print it out so we can read it whenever they ask. Thank you for this!

  9. Zoie that is so fantastic it makes me want to cry! I'm so pleased it went beyond those in the carnival and extended into your family. You are very welcome!