“In the Spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt” wrote Margaret Atwood. Don’t you agree? Spring is such an intense, energy filled time of year it almost begs to be dug into, even if it’s just the soles of my trainers digging into the dirt on our local nature trail.
Having lived a decade in the warmer climates of Florida and California, I am remembering what it feels like to emerge from the depths of winter, from the snow and ice, into more pleasant temperatures that don’t demand I wrap up as though venturing to the North Pole. Everybody here in Ohio seems to feel the power of this hopeful season, despite the social distancing imposed by the coronavirus.
I think we all feel the quickening pulse of the seasonal change at this time of year. You don’t have to be Tennyson’s young man thinking of love for Spring to trigger thoughts of fresh pastures, bright yellow daffodils and optimistic new plans. What was once the bare sticks of trees passed on my morning run has transformed into a blossom heavy gorgeousness that makes me realize anything is possible, and reminds me of the true natural beauty of our planet.
It’s a great metaphor for what we can do if we too, come out of the cold, nourish ourselves and feel the warmth of the sun on our skin.
This month, our theme is all about deepening, and so it seemed apt to dig a little deeper into the dirt and give you some trusted information about climate change. We might not think it, but we all have something we can do here, although it can be incredibly hard work to work out what. We’ve come up with some great suggestions of how simply by becoming more conscious and intentional as consumers we each have the power to make a difference.
Let us know how you get on with this month’s content and your thoughts on anything else in this issue. We thrive on your feedback, it just makes us better for you. And don’t forget to enjoy the Spring when it comes to your part of the world! (while remembering to keep your distance!)
With so much love,