Photograph by: Karen Holmes
"They built their argument on an obvious but subtle truth - that a flower can't run away, which makes it a model for how to deal gracefully and ingeniously with the realities -
the opportunities as well as the limits - of your habitat."
- Janine Benyus (foreword to Zugunruhe)
Inspirational Book: Zugunruhe The Inner Migration to Profound Enivironmental Change
"Zugunruhe, a German word (pronounced zoo gen ROO ha), literally means 'migratory restlessness' and is the definition encapsulating this known phenomenon of marked behavioral changes observed in many species prior to migration."
"As far as I am concerned, Zugunruhe should become a new word in our lexicon to describe all of us who seek to transform the way we live: restless for a new society that reconciles its relationship with the natural world."
- Jason McClennan (Zugunruhe)
Perhaps this Earth Day you will take up with the restlessness of Zugunruhe and begin to explore changes you can make to join with the grass roots communities that are already involved in the transformation process (at the very least it is good to be thankful for their efforts that bless us). Walk the isles of your market and begin to notice the packaging on the products that practice "less is best" with the wrappings. Begin to read the labels and buy something - one thing - that loves our earth back (as simple as trying out something like Trader Joe's Mandarin Orange Liquid Dish Soap). Obtain a blue recycling bin (or use a paper bag) and begin to use it... you may notice (like I have) that you feel a little bit better doing those gatherings and when you place the items of plastic, paper, and glass in the street-side recycling bin you might just realize that you are loving our natural world a little bit better. Support resale shops - with donations and purchases. Perhaps commit to doing a better job remembering to use your recycle bags.
One flower and one person... tomorrow is Earth Day... I celebrate and embrace this earth we call home, and I trust that you do the same. All of nature: mountains, ocean, meadows, one bird, and even one single flower captivate me...