These tips have been provided by members of the Dominican Sisters of Peace Eco-Justice Committee.
- Plan to celebrate EARTH DAY (officially – April 22) BUT… every day is EARTH DAY so perhaps choose another day to your liking (find an Earth Day Prayer from the Eco-Justice Committee).
- Wear brown or green when celebrating EARTH.
- Participate in one of the EARTH DAY activities in your area—or organize one yourself.
- Become an EARTH advocate by encouraging others to honor, celebrate and care for EARTH.
- Journal some experiences you’ve had with God’s good EARTH.
- Try to spend some time outdoors on a regular basis to see and soak in the beauty of nature.
- Perhaps visit a garden to smell the flowers or admire the growing vegetables.
- Plan a regularly scheduled meeting for an outdoor venue on the grounds or at a nearby park and maybe bring a picnic lunch.
- Consider a flower or vegetable garden. Containers big or small with drainage holes are good for limited home areas. Window boxes good for herbs or flowers.
- Try to get weed roots; easiest to hand pull when ground is damp. Or use a long handle, flat screwdriver to dig them out.
- Non-toxic weed killer – mix one ounce of white vinegar with one ounce of cheap gin and eight ounces of water, then pour or spray on the weeds.
- Pouring boiling water on weeds amidst rocks and driveway works.
- Help organize ways to donate usable items to charities or for fund-raising for charities.
- Clean up:
- Organize a neighborhood clean-up for trash.
- Join or start an “Adopt-a-Highway” program.
- Involve family, school groups, parish, work groups.
- Adopt a stretch of brook or stream or roadway to keep litter-free. Check on a weekly basis.
- Forming or join an “Eco-Committee” in your area and work with others to share ideas, projects, and support.
- Get outside. Go for the walks, bike rides, or runs missed over winter.
- Take walks in the woods looking for wildflowers and bird nests. Take photos or sketch what you find.
- Clean out your birdbath—cleaning and filling with clean water on a regular basis.
- Fill and hang out a hummingbird feeder.