New Year's Resolutions
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Posted: November 20th. 2005
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Another season ended, and the year is slowly closing. Whether Oct. 31, Early, Mid. November, Yule, or perhaps in the spring – new year is always coming. And this year, I think we need to take a moment and think about resolutions. As Pagans, we need to think about what our impact on this planet is. The fact that so many revere and love the earth, but sadly do little, if anything, to help it. Most aren’t in a good position to do much in action, but even recycling can make a huge impact. And yes, one person can make a difference.
Global warming is a real issue – the Alaskan permafrost is no longer frozen, and many buildings are in danger of sinking. The glaciers are thawing, and the coast-lines are receding. Humans are destroying its only home. Landfills are becoming islands, and the temperature of the earth is climbing. Yes, it is happening, here and now. It’s time to wake up, and become what we claim to be – pagans. Let's face it boys and girls, this is the only planet we've got. Don't you think we need to take care of it? As Cheif Seattle said "The earth doesn't belong to us, we belong to the earth." Think about that.
But we can do something – if the commitment to the earth is sincere. Trees being deforested are the air-filters of this planet; they clean the carbon-dioxide to give us fresh air to breathe. The Arbor society is doing an admirable job in tree-planting, as are other organizations. But pagans? Who attest to loving the earth – do hardly anything. I’m only seeing more hurt every year. Soon enough, you won’t be able to turn a blind eye – and what then? What world will then be? And so many haven’t lifted a finger to aid in the planet they “claim” to love so much. For shame.
I think we need to rethink why we’re pagans. I’m disgusted at so many just sitting at home doing nothing, when they can do so much to help. Adopt a highway, carpool, recycle, anything – it doesn’t have to be extravagant, but try. Try to do something to help.
What have you done for your planet today? Anything?
“But I can’t do anything!” Oh please – try me. Recycling ( http://www.recycle.net/) , ( http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/muncpl/recycle.htm) is one option – that has a big impact. How about another place? ( http://www.webdirectory.com/Recycling/) or just a plain Yahoo! Search under “Recycling” and it even has a directory for a center near you. And for the money pinched, you earn a buck or two doing this, so everyone wins.
How about the Arbor society? I myself have planted 510 trees on country land (and when I buy my house, it'll be forested with planted trees too) , donated, recycled, petitioned against deforestation – and yes, I am only one person. The Arbor society’s website is: ( http://www.arborday.org/) so get planting. Trees clean the air we breathe, so the more trees, the cleaner the breezes in the spring.
I’ve seen some covens adopt a highway – it’s not only repaired misconceptions, but it’s proven to the community that “witches heal.” It’s a pride to the coven, and it’s making the area cleaner, and more beautiful. This coven also recycles, and uses the money earned to rent areas in the parks for rituals and holiday celebrations. Everyone wins.
One student in 9th grade worked with two friends and her principle to advocate recycling to earn money for school functions - again, everyone wins - and these were three people no older than 15! So teens, you too can get up and help out.
But I’ve seen so many Neo-Pagans protest in front of capital buildings throwing eggs at the religious right – grow up kids. Why not use that energy for protesting for the planet you’re supposed to worship? Look at it this way, your temple is being desecrated, are you going to let it happen? Here’s where to start at least ( http://www.savebiogems.org/) or perhaps ( http://www.nrdc.org/media/pressreleases/050308.asp) or ( http://blog.nrdcactionfund.org/) . These people are making an impact everyday, but they need more help. ( http://www.lindabook.com/helptheenvironmentprinter.html) for kids - you too can make a difference. ( http://www.eco-pros.com/waysyoucanhelp.htm) is another place to look.
How many of us are there today? Millions, maybe more? If one person in America alone planted one single tree, imagine what effects we could begin to heal with the global problems. Now add in the world, and our current census count, and yes, one person still can make a difference. But turning a blind eye is only adding to the problem. I thought we were here to help the earth, understand it, heal the earth. There’s enough of us now to really make a change – if you’ve the guts to.
I don’t understand how so many can draw on the earth’s energy – but not even think of giving back – how can you take and take, and not feel guilty? How can you draw on the earth, and not give anything back in thanks? I think giving back is the ultimate offering. Our ancestors gave animals, and theoretically, human lives, but in today’s world – we need to give back something of ourselves – and that, is personal sacrifice. Meaning, you give time and energy to help out – giving yourself. If that doesn’t swell your heart to action, then you’re part of the root cause of the situation. Time to change.
To anyone who dares call themselves a Pagan, Wiccan, Shaman, Healer, Witch, or who claims to care for the earth – I challenge you. I challenge you this year, make a difference. One person may not think their little contribution means much, but you’d be very surprised. Stop throwing away your soda cans and milk cartons, recycle them. Cut up the plastic circles that a six-pack of soda comes in, and re-use. Below I’ll list sites to help you make a difference – let’s see what we can do in one year. Wear a green ribbon on your left wrist, to show you’ve helped out. If anyone asks, tell them – get more to help. Mother Earth is hurting, and her children are part of the problem – are you going to be part of the solution to heal her? So many of you have a lot of fight in you, instead of fighting ourselves, fight for the earth. You have absolutely NO excuse.
Helping the environment, what you can do:
http://www.jobsfortheenvironment.org/jobsforenviro.asp?id2=5695 and id3=FFPIRjobs and
You can even recycle computers and electronics:
http://www.plasticsresource.com/s_plasticsresource/doc.asp?TRACKID= and CID=40 and DID=420
Adopt a Highway – keep it clean:
http://adopt-a-highway.dot.ca.gov/ - California
http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist11/facts/adopthwy.htm - California
http://www.ahtd.state.ar.us/PubAff/adopt_a_highway.htm - Arkansas
http://www.ncdot.org/doh/operations/dp_chief_eng/roadside/Beautification/highway/ - North Carolina
http://www.virginiadot.org/programs/prog-aah-default.asp - Virginia
http://www.virginiadot.org/programs/prog-aah-about-adoption.asp - Virginia
http://www.dot.state.fl.us/publicinformationoffice/moreDOT/adopt.htm - Florida
http://www.dot.state.ny.us/progs/adopt/adopt.html - New York State
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/permits/adopthwy.html - New York City
http://www.dot.state.sc.us/community/adoptahiway.shtml - South Carolina
http://www.dot.state.ga.us/dot/operations/maintenance/adopt/index.shtml - Georgia
http://www.dot.state.pa.us/PENNDOT/Bureaus/HwyBeau.nsf/infoAdoptHighway?OpenForm – Pennsylvania
http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/enved/watershed/PAbeauty.htm - Pennsylvania
http://www.dot.state.pa.us/penndot/Districts/district4.nsf/adopt4.htm?readform – Pennsylvania
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/biz/adoptahwy/ - Washington State
http://www.azdot.gov/Highways/AdoptAHwy/Index.asp - Arizona
http://www.dot.state.az.us/Highways/AdoptAHwy/AAH.asp - Arizona
http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/localgov/aid/adopt-a-highway.htm - Wisconsin
http://www.ct.gov/dot/cwp/view.asp?a=1380 and q=259944 – Connecticut
http://www.dot.state.mn.us/adopt/ - Minnesota
http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/community/adopt/ - New Jersey
http://www.dontmesswithtexas.org/adopt.php - Texas
http://www.erie-county-ohio.net/does/recycling/highway.htm - Ohio
http://www.dot.state.oh.us/maintadmin/aah.htm - Ohio
http://www.dot.state.oh.us/dist9/AAH.htm - Ohio
http://www.gnb.ca/0113/adopt-hwy/adopthwy-e.asp - even Canada can do this!
http://www.co.lake.il.us/dot/adopt.asp - Illinois
http://www.dot.il.gov/ahh/default.aspx - Illinois
http://www.co.dakota.mn.us/highway/info/adopt.htm - Dakota County, MN
http://www.dot.state.co.us/AdoptAHighway/index.cfm - Colorado
http://www.modot.state.mo.us/services/community/adoptahighway.htm - Missouri
http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0, 1607, 7-151-9621_11041_14408---, 00.html – Michigan
http://www.ksdot.org/archive/offtransinfo/Adoptahighway.htm - Kansas
http://www.wvdot.com/3_roadways/3c1_adopt.htm - West Virginia
http://www.dot.state.ia.us/pdf_files/adopt_a_highway.pdf#search='Adopt%20a%20Highway – Iowa
http://www.co.cass.nd.us/Departments/Highway/AdoptAHighwayProgram.htm - Cass County, North Dakota
http://www.state.nd.us/dot/index.html - North Dakota
If I’ve erroneously missed your state, this was all found on one Yahoo! Search. One, meaning, I didn’t look elsewhere. See how much you can help? If there’s nothing in your local community – then do what I did – start one! Be the example to prove that witches are more than a Halloween myth. Prove it. If you love the earth, prove it.
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