Happy Earth Day everyone! Each year, on the 22nd of April the world takes a moment to stop, reflect, and appreciate this place we are so lucky to call home. Maybe you spent time in the outdoors, in an urban park or maybe adventuring throughout the beautiful mountains, or maybe reminisced on old outdoor excursions through looking at old photos. Either way, it is important that on days like today, you not only enjoy this place we call home, but also take time to reflect and think about your own relationship with nature and the world around us. That’s why at the Greenway Foundation, on this earth day, we are encouraging a deeper dive into what does it really mean to call this planet home? And what does it really mean to celebrate Earth?
In a wake of daunting environmental issues and potential climate anxiety – it is hard to think about what the cascading impact of individual action is. And as a bustling society here in the United States, we forget that we can have individual relationships with nature that are important to explore. It is easy to feel far away from it at times, or maybe pushed a side. It can be easy to forget that we are nature, and that it is good to care about the world and believe in change, even when there are a lot of variables out of most individuals control. But at the Greenway Foundation, we have always believed in the power of community, the power of the integration of natural and urban settings, and the power of curiosity. That is why we can’t stop talking about Denver parks, because it shows that nature is never too far! Our SPREE programs works to evoke curiosity in children about the world around them – and we do this because we know that individual certainly can make a large difference.
As this earth day comes to a close and the sun starts to set, maybe pull out a journal and take some moments to reflect on your own relationship with nature, and maybe why we are lucky to have our Earth, this place we call home.