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from Surrey, UK
| New Message Posted!2004-04-18 08:44  |
Earth Day 2004:
Sunday 18th April
Attunement time: 3.00pm GMT
For fourteen years the Pagan Federation has dedicated a day each Spring to affirm and celebrate the PF's First Principle:
"Love for and kinship with Nature,
Reverence for the Life Force and its ever-
Renewing cycles of life and death".
Earth Day has Evolved
Earth day began as "Earth Healing Day".
With rituals to heal the hurts of the Earth
inflicted by humanity. But it was realised that
the Earth, if given a chance, is immensely resilient
and can heal herself. It is humanity that needs to
Ritual also has an effect on its participants: an Earth
Day ritual is an opportunity for each of us to strengthen
our own resolve to do more to protect the Earth and to
share ideas as to what can be done. Several on-going
projects have developed from Earth Day events.
What else can we do to make Erth day effective?
A growing trend is to organise events that include ecological
action such as litter picking, river cleaning, and tree planting,
Starhawk, famous Pagan activist on ecological and political
issues, is of the opinion that the main effect of many rituals
on major issues is only to make the participants feel good!
In her view, public action undertacken with magical intent
has more effect. Many Pagans are of a practical turn of mind and prefer some sort of poitive action to ritual.
There are many opportunities to make a practical contrubution to a better environment; here are some examples.
* Clearing a wasteland to turn it into a community space.
* Raising money and helping to plant oak trees in a local
* Adopting a sacred site, making frequent visits to keep it
in good state.
* Clearing known beauty spots and camp sites of rubbish.
* Clearing a choked up waterway.
* Working with the Countryside Warden to collect and burn
* Planting hedgerows.
This is a list of groups you can contact for more information
Dragon Environmental Network,
23B Pepys Road, London SE14 55A
Order of the Bards, Ovates & Druids,
PO Box 1333, Lewis BN7 7ZG (Tree planting scheme)
Olgar Trust, BM Tercel, London WCIN 3XX
(Odinshof Land Guardian scheme)
Pagan Animal Rights Network,
110 Geoffrey Road, Brockley, London SE4 1NU
That need volunteers
British Trust of Conservation volunteers,
26 St Marys Street, Wallingford, OX10 0EU
Friends of the Earth
26 Underwood Street, London N1
(Has many local groups for local action)
PO Box 25309, London NW5 1ZA
Royal Society for the protection of Birds
The Lodge, Sandy, SG19 2DL.
(Many sites in need of work)
The Greenwood Trust,
Station Road, Coalbrookdale, Telford TF8 7DT
Trees for London, FREEPOST LON 15293,
Kennington Park Place, London SE11 4YX
(very Pagan friendly)
The Woodland Trust
Freepost, Grantham NG31 6BR
(Tree planting and woodland management)
Your Local Authority Environment Department
(may organise project through Agenda 21 programme or
sponsor charitable organisations that do)
Wildlife Trusts; phone 01636 677 711 for details of local
Wildlife Trust or go to www.wildlifetrusts.org
Please remember although Earth Day is only once a year for some Pagans, looking after your Environment is something we all should get involved in from day to day, so make that change and make a difference. And remember to enjoy your self doing it.