Letter from Publisher, April 2019

Dear Readers,

Welcome to April and our annual celebration of Earth Day. Numerous local events to celebrate Earth Day—extended to Earth Week by some—can be found under Green Living. There you will find an article that focuses on this rite of spring that marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement: April 22, 1970.

One of the events listed in our Earth Day article is being held at the Greenville Zoo. In support of this important environmental remembrance, Natural Awakenings will have a table at the Party for the Planet event at the Greenville Zoo on Saturday, April 20. Stop by, say hello, sign up for our raffle and join in the fun and activities.

This occasion reminds us that sustainability isn’t a vague, esoteric concept, but a critical factor in our very survival. The Earth Day Network is focusing this year’s campaign on protection of species to raise awareness of the crucial roles that plants and animals play in the ecosystem, and the current threats faced by many of them.

This web of life is inextricably woven into the habitats that form our planet’s life support system. Each link in the chain that is lost or broken—from the smallest microbe to the largest mammal—will have a profound effect on future generations.

And so, sustainability is the watchword of this issue of Natural Awakenings, beginning with the excellent feature Power Switch: Taking a Home Off the Grid (also found under Green Living). Writer Jim Motavalli delivers an in-depth dive into sources of alternative energy, costs, technologies and special considerations—including the availability of government tax credits and the option to make a partial transition to green power, without leaving the grid entirely.

What we eat, how and with whom also contributes to the idea that we’re all in this together. Wise Words to that effect can be found in the article Ocean Robbins on Personal and Planetary Health, by April Thompson. The Wise Words department can be found under More on the top menu.

We also are reminding you in this issue that the biannual Illuminate Psychic and Healing Arts Expo is making its spring return to Flat Rock. This expo is always exciting to attend and jam-packed with information on a variety of metaphysical and spiritual subjects. As always, there are several great presentations scheduled. You won’t want to miss it.  (Find the Spotlight on this event under Local Content > Spotlights).

In wrapping up this Earth Day issue, I’d like to share with you my encounters with a blue heron that appears regularly at a small pond surrounded by a walking trail that I love for its peaceful connection to nature. Curious, I did some research and found that herons are solitary creatures. They don’t hunt or live in flocks. Since they spend so much time alone they must become their own best friend and ally. Perhaps the spiritual reminder here for each of us is to take time to go within and find the stillness that is our center. Happy Earth Day!

Peace and Blessings,

Roberta Bolduc