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John Perkins, co-founder of the Pachamama Alliance, says that we, the humans that make up this collective tribe that is on the earth right now, have an opportunity to “soar to new levels of consciousness.”  He speaks of the prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor as it is told by First Peoples all over the world where the intellectual, masculine, mind-driven consciousness is followed by an opportunity for balance with a consciousness that is heart-driven, intuitive and feminine.   Yet the prophecy simply mentions the opportunity for this balance, which makes it a call for a shift in humanity’s relationship to the Earth and our relationship to each other. 

It’s up to us to bring forth this new level of consciousness by raising awareness and taking action for the planet and all life on Earth. We must live everyday as if it was Earth Day

To celebrate Earth Day, how will you create space for this new level of consciousness to take hold?

Below are some ideas – from simple to more involved – to living every day as it were Earth Day.

  • Enjoy time outside regularly, in gratitude for what the earth provides.
  • Switch from conventional light bulbs to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)
  • Use a reusable canvas bag when shopping.  Skip the plastic produce bags, too.
  • Start a compost pile.  Plant a garden.  Frequent the farmer’s market.
  • Carpool, ride your bike to work, or telecommute if possible.
  • Meet your neighbors.  Share things with them.  Chances are, they’re nice and value similar things.
  • Plant one native berry-bearing shrub or tree to provide food for birds.
  • Buy local, even if it’s not convenient and costs more.
  • Join a CSA (community supported agriculture)
  • Limit showers to 5 minutes.
  • Get rid of the lawn.  Plant veggies there instead, and then give ’em away.
  • Turn off the car when waiting to pick up the kids or when at the bank drive through.
  • Make 15% more of your purchases from providers that commit to fair trade and/or organic practices.
  • Commit to buying nothing one month.  Maybe longer.  Maybe as a part of a group. 
  • When replacing appliances, install energy efficient models.  Or ditch the dryer and get a clothesline.
  • Invest in solar hot water or electricity for your home.  Or subscribe to a solar garden, like the one in Minneapolis.
  • Give up plastic.  For good.
  • Downsize to a smaller home.  Maybe even a really small home.  Or build an Earthship.
  • Pray, if praying resonates with you, for the health and healing of the earth.  Without ceasing.

It might sound cliché these days, but we really can be the change we want to see in the world.  What change will Earth Day bring into your life this year?

Heidi Barr

Heidi Barr

Heidi Barr is the author of 12 Tiny Things: Simple Ways to Live a More Intentional Life (due out in January 2021) as well as four other works of non-fiction. A commitment to cultivating ways of being that are life-giving and sustainable for people, communities and the planet provides the foundation for her work. She lives in Minnesota with her family where they tend a large vegetable garden, explore nature and do their best to live simply. Despite working for an app-based tech start up, she plans to put off getting a smartphone as long as possible. Learn more about her work at