Happy Earth Day! On April 22 each year, people around the world get together to celebrate nature, get educated on environmental issues and learn how to live greener lives. A good time for contemplation and for making some small but significant changes...
I just returned from a vacation on Grand Bahama Island with my husband, Juan. I have been blessed to
travel to so many beautiful and inspiring places but nowhere do I feel more in unison with the earth and
more at peace than at Gold Rock Beach, part of the Lucayan National Park. It is a glorious and seemingly
untouched stretch of beach, where I can gaze at the receding tide and marvel at the earth’s beauty, and
feel completely present and centered.
This was our third visit, and each time we come, my husband and I marvel that such untouched beauty
still exists. And then there is always a long, uncomfortable silence-- will it be here the next time we
come; will it be here for our children?
At a beautiful beach near our hotel, we came across trash scattered along the rocks--styrofoam
containers, plastic cups, water bottles. This is the obvious way we pollute our beaches, but there are so
many “invisible” ways we throw “trash” into our world.
For a few years now, I have been slowly greening my house, starting with our household cleaners (I
swear by brands like ecover and good old fashioned baking soda and vinegar). I am proud of the strides
I have made at home and of how much more informed I have become. Lotions, shampoos, etc all contribute
to water pollution so in honor of Earth Day this year I’m also making the commitment
to shop more consciously for my beauty products (the Environmental Working Group makes it easier
Is there something you’d like to tackle this year? All it takes is one step to a greener world.