Floyd’s Earth Day event will happen three weeks from today.
You can click the image here and get a larger version that shows what’s happening.
Though I was not involved this year with the planning, I was asked to write a piece for the paper, and know probably what was expected was something that spoke specifically about spring wildflowers and highlighted the “nature walk” I will offer to whoever shows up in the afternoon.
I didn’t write in that direction–not because the individual activities at this year’s Earth Day gathering are not worth mentioning. But my continuing concern, the older I get, is that we are able to put these fun, entertaining and informative activities in the context of the larger frame.
It’s a good idea to change to CFL for lighting, but it’s wrong to think, doing that, that the problem of energy is in any way solved. What is the ultimate good we require that the light bulb change is a tiny part?
So, forgive me, I took the thirty-thousand-foot view, and tried to think about WHY we do Earth Day and building a park in Floyd and have street festivals and naturalist rallies.
For me, all those activities, even if we are not aware of the outcome or intend them in this way, serve to “relocalize” our collective identity and purpose.
We suffer from broken relationships to nature, place and community. Relocalizing is one of the positive responses that will help to heal that brokenness.
I recorded it here, and will post the text of the Floyd Press essay after it goes to press next week.
I called it “Floyd_DownToEarth.” Click to listen (mp3, about 5 minutes.)
So having said that, put April 20 on your calendar. And I really would be happy to have you join me on the trail–which I have not actually visited yet, and will need to scout for spring wildflowers—if the season ever actually arrives.