Several wonderful coincidences take place at this time of year. First off, on 4-20, old hippies everywhere seem to treat it as a holiday, then comes Earth Week. Most of the temperate climate worldwide is experiencing Spring, so starting a garden or doing some relaxed yard work will allow the energy of the earth to be mingling with your physical body. Getting out to spruce up the place generally means family time, amongst nature, taking in the quickening pace of life. This quickening comes to a head on May Day, so don’t waste any time at all. Plant some trees, especially nut bearing or fruit trees, berry bushes and grape vines. This is a fertility rite as old as time and it is our birthright. Tell the boss to take a hike and only go back to work after May Day. the folks at the top wouldn’t consider the loss of a single day of production to be worth much, so a strike of a single day has little effect. Many old hippies urge us to have just one day of nationwide strikes of pot smokers today, 4-20, but staying away until May 7th, that would increase the bargaining power of the wage slaves across the globe.
What are we working for, if not clean air, more efficient transportation systems, intact communities, safe food and the right to live free? Many people have jobs that are far more akin to making a living through organized crime or the old snake oil salesmen than helping others or utilizing their full potential. If we allow ourselves a culture-wide two week vacation, to reassess our direction and purpose, we might return to our old jobs with more vigor and appreciation as well. How many of us complain about our jobs, even when things are going pretty well? I know I’ve been guilty of this.
The meeting of the Lord and Lady each Spring is what underlies the fecundity of the Earth. digging in the dirt, planting a few trees and a few seeds, and lying back in the warm rays of the sun with a bit of honest sweat on your brow should be a right upheld by the constitution, but since I do not yet see it there, I’m declaring my own personal; two-week holiday at once! don’t you worry though, if you are already living your dream and in your dream job, you probably don’t need a vacation anyway. Remember though, for job action to be effective, we must strike all abusive facilities, condier the environmental impacts of the companies who employ us and not return to those that degrade mother earth for profit.
Earth Day and Earthweek are just as necessary today as they were when they were first conceived. If we want change, the public must demand that all businesses become sustainable and environmentally sensitive. When we all stand arm in arm, there will be no choice but to satisfy our demands for clean air and water. We need to severely tax the poisoning of our air, soil, or waters and severe penalties for extraction of or poisoning aquifers that we all depend on. Putting our future generations at risk for long-term environmental damage is neither ethical or prudent given that we already have millions of acres that are inhospitable for healthy life.
By redoubling our efforts to live sustainably, letting go of the means of production that lead to destruction, we can take up the banner for things that are closer to out hearts. What child, pent up through the school year, could not use and extra two weeks to unwind, exploring the fields and forests, planting a victory garden or laying out a plan for an environmentally astute project that offers to pay back many fold for time invested? What parent would not benefit from just saying “No.” to job obligations for ten days or so to get things in order and begin to reach out across the generation gap to our own children? What grandparent would not be revived with a few relatives stopping by to help them plant a few flowers or some kitchen herbs along the back stair? Love the earth and watch your effort blossom.