When you look at the world around you,
What do you care about?
What would you share?
What would you celebrate?
Why not organise your own Earth celebration? You might take an existing event and build on that. You might decide to plan a new event to share an idea, a place or an activity with other people. Ideas, suggestions and examples of such celebrations will follow on our blog.
To transform an event from a straightforward activity like tree planting, or bird watching, or a garden open day, or even a religious ceremony into a celebration, we would suggest you look for ways of incorporating
time for people reflect upon what they are doing and why this matters to them
an opportunity to share those feelings with others if they want to
chance to look ahead, shaping an idea of what they would like to do next
The original plan with our 100 Celebrations was to feature individual events, giving people another space to share events that brought together aspects of environmental, creative and faith celebration. With the continuing disruption of Covid-19 restrictions, we are changing the plan a little. Now, we’re going to feature themes and their dates (eg Earth Day, National Wildflower Week, etc) that might inspire either group activity where possible or perhaps offer visitors to this site ideas for their own personal celebrations. CelebrationEarth! is – or has been – a predominantly UK-based project and the days and themes we’ll feature here will largely be UK ones. Wherever you are, some of these days and their themes will apply (Earth Day, again) and there may be your country or region’s own equivalents of environmental, faith or art-themed days.
And for yourself: if you have something to share: an event you are planning, a themed Day or Week that seems appropriate, let us know!
as summer unfolds in northern lands, as froglets leave ponds and the first wave of summer butterflies hatch from chrysalises, what can we do to help, support and celebrate the life around us?
1 – 31st Plastic Challenge with the Marine Conservation Society.
“Every year, as part of Plastic Free July, we help our supporters to look closely at their buying habits and help them to make informed choices to cut out single-use plastic.
This year's challenge will be a little different – after over a year of Covid which has led to a flood of single-use plastic polluting our rivers and seas – we all know it's time to take action.”
National Meadows Day
Saturday July 3rd On National Meadows Day this year, Plantlife are bringing their meadow making expertise together and launching a new hub with everything you ever wanted to know about creating and caring for meadows. Whether you have a tiny garden, a community space or an entire farm, we’ll have advice and tips to help. Keep an eye on Plantlife’s social media channels on the day for more information, using the #NationalMeadowsDay hashtag.
St Swithin's Day
15th July St Swithin’s Day: while not a saint particularly known for his relationship with nature, St Swithin’s Day has grown a traditional significance. When he died, Swithin asked to be buried outside where raindrops and the feet of passersby could both fall on him. When his remains were moved into the Cathedral in Winchester, a great storm followed. Since then it is said that if it rains of St Swithin’s Day it will rain for the next 40 days but if the weather is fair then 40 days of sunshine will follow.
Arctic Sea ice Day
15th July: Arctic Sea Ice Day: further away from our meadows and beaches, but the changes here ripple across the world so pause and think colder thoughts….you might also look at the wonderful film our friends at Waterbear made with a Greenland community about their relationship with their cold seas….
National Dragonfly Week
18 – 26th: National Dragonfly Week? Possibly – not clear if this is happening this year. But dragonflies are worth watching whether we are in a week devoted to them or not! Check out the Dragonfly Society’s website for identification tips and more information
July includes the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Makkah for Muslims. There are also a number of Zoroastrian fire festivals and the spectacular Hindu Ratha Yatra where images of Krishna are dragged on giant chariots through the streets
St Neot's Day
The 31st July is the Feast Day of St Neot, who rescued a deer
Buxton Wild Week
5 - 11th July, Buxton Wild Week brings together different groups to celebrate the environment of the town. There are free activities for schools, casual passersby and determined artists. Programme ranges from moth identification and bat walks to art in the woods and making bug hotels.
summer opens in the north....
From St Columba to den-making in the woods, from ecosystem campaigns to counting bumblebees, June offers a new range of activities with the 30 Days Wild campaign challenging us to do something different every day
May in the northern hemisphere is often the gateway to summer. the world is waking up, bumblebees are out, the frogs have spawned in the ponds. People are watching for the summer migrants returning. There is a sense of richness unfolding...
Take time to look…to walk a path through woods, beside a hedge, across a field, round your nearest park and simply celebrate what is there. And if there aren’t many wildflowers start wondering about what you could do? Ask your council to plant some? Talk to the gardener whose fence you look over? Have your own pot of earth on a window ledge and see what grows?
You might also look at the Every Flower Counts survey that Plantlife are organising for 22 – 31st May
Sunday May 2nd 2021: International Dawn Chorus Day
Curlew photo by wildlife artist
Sunday 2nd May: International Dawn Chorus Day
Wake early on the first Sunday of May and listen to the world wake around you. If you can’t face the thought of an early morning walk, open a window or make a cup of tea and sit on your doorstep perhaps. Improvise. “International Dawn Chorus Day is the worldwide celebration of nature's greatest symphony. All across the world people rise early to revel in the sweet sound of birdsong, from rattling wrens in Rotherham to crooning cowbirds in the Caribbean.”
Planning your Dawn Chorus Day
Usually there are early morning walks with experts: just how different organisations will manage these with this year’s restrictions will vary from place to place. There is an event finder on the website to track down a Dawn Chorus walk near you.
WORLD BEE DAY
World bee Day Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, are increasingly under threat from human activities.
To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated 20 May as World Bee Day
While there is a growing recognition that biological diversity is a global asset of tremendous value to present and future generations, the number of species is being significantly reduced by certain human activities. This UN event encourages education, discussion and debate around the importance of Biodiversity to everyone's health, well-being and survival!
Other days to look at in May
Saints' Days in May associated with wildlife
26th: St Philip Neri's Feast Day: especially supportive of small animals - birds and mice
27th: St Melangell's Feast Day: Welsh saint, protector of the hunter and especially associated with hares
30th: St Hubert's Feast Day: protected hunted animals
in Britain there are many very local events: Arbor Day, Oak Apple Day
May Day, Beltaine, on 1st May is widespread welcoming of summer: a time of change, fertility and a sense of freedom
Towards the end of the month Beating the Bounds traditions saw groups walking the perimeters of a parish or other defined area, renewing a sense of place, celebrating landmark trees and the like: a good tradition to revive!
22nd April '21
"as the world returns to normal, we can't go back to business-as-usual"
April 22nd Earth Day
With events across the globe and activity on everything from local to international scale, there is lots to be involved in (or simply watch) on Earth Day which must be one of the biggest of all these theme-days
Plans for 2021 include 3 days of activity include 9the following entry is taken from the Earth Day website):
“From April 20-22, join the world’s leaders for Earth Day 2021. Together, we can prevent the coming disasters of climate change and environmental destruction. Together, we can Restore Our Earth™.
Come back on April 20 for the start of the event, and follow our platforms to join the discussion. The theme of Earth Day 2021 is Restore Our Earth™.
Parallel to the Biden Administration’s global climate summit, EARTHDAY.ORG will have its second Earth Day Live digital event… The global show begins at 12 PM Eastern Time.
Workshops, panel discussions, and special performances will focus on Restore Our Earth™ — we’ll cover natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems.
More topics will include:
Climate and environmental literacy
Climate restoration technologies
Equity and environmental justice
Cleanups, and more.
World climate leaders, grassroots activists, nonprofit innovators, thought leaders, industry leaders, artists, musicians, influencers, and the leaders of tomorrow will come to push us towards a better world.”
Save the Frogs Day
April 24th 2021
the world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation action
...and as you recover from Earth Day, you might like to turn your attention to smaller friends who need just as much support as the big issues of Earth Day
“Conceived and coordinated by SAVE THE FROGS!, Save The Frogs Day is the world’s largest day of amphibian education and conservation action. Our goal is to provide frog enthusiasts with educational materials, ideas and inspiration and empower them to educate their local communities about amphibians. Since 2009, SAVE THE FROGS! staff and volunteers have conducted over 1,400 educational Save The Frogs Day events in at least 56 countries around the world.” (Save the Frogs, website)
Activities might range from physical action: digging a new pond or clearing a waterway to public awareness campaigns (how about the value of frogs in gardens?) to fund-raising activity for some of the international campaigns (sponsored frog-hopping round the local park? Frog-shaped cake-bake?).....
Perpetual Choir to the Water
2 Feb at 07:00 UTC – 3 Feb at 07:00 UTC
Price: free · Duration: 1 day
Public · Anyone on or off Facebook
Your are warmly invited to create a mycelium of songs for WATER across our Earth - for 24 hours
“PERPETUAL CHOIR to the WATER”
TUESDAY 2ND FEBRUARY 2021
and through the night to dawn of the 3rd Feb
24 hours singing - to & as the Water
ALL OVER OUR EARTH
Part of Imbolc energy of cleansing and returning to the warmth on the Northern Hemisphere.
Can you fill an hour or more here? ...
Same document to see what is happening where?
You can email the person near you or of the same time and find out the songs we will sing
Also you can scroll down the discussion threads for songs and information about Perpetual Choirs
Azul Thome and good company growing daily
Earth Wisdom Tenders
Water is Life
Continuing from “the PERPETUAL CHOIR to the ASH TREE” - Feb 2020
The Kindness Revolution at Kinderleeds
A Festival of events exploring themes relating to “six ways to a kinder world”: kinder to self, kinder relationships, kinder business, kinder spaces, kinder communities, kinder to our planet.
KINDER TO OUR PLANET
Nature is a part of us. It is not separate. It’s the foundation of our wellbeing. How we treat Nature and our one and only planet, affects us directly – from what we eat, to how we grow, to how we travel & what we buy.
Again events are over now but the website is there and might inspire, offer new connections and generally keep you hopeful!
6. Apple Day
Originally designated 21st October when it was founded by Common Ground in 1990, Apple Day has grown to be one of the most successful of the “new” environmental festival days. Combining a sense of harvest richness with autumn fires, roasted apples, apple games and just having a good time outdoors in the autumn, Apple Days happen all over the UK through mid-October. Specific dates depend on local circumstances, but Apple Days offer ideal opportunities for CelebrationEarth! events: opportunities to share, reflect and respond to how we feel about the world around us.
There are Apple Day event ideas in our Resources page
SEPTEMBER 11TH 2020
1. Heydon Church Virtual Bat Night
This was Bats in Churches first ever virtual bat night. “Expect a fun and fascinating 90 mins with expert bat ecologist Phil Parker, Bats in Churches heritage advisor Rachel Arnold and the clerk at Heydon's Holy Trinity church, Angela Bucksey all from the comfort of your own home. Hear all about Holy Trinity's bats, how they live, why they love the church and how they are working hard to ensure the bats, the building and its human occupants can continue to thrive and live together successfully in their beautiful surroundings.
You can also take part in their competition by sending in a picture of your bat or church inspired creation.
THIS EVENT HAS NOW HAPPENED BUT YOU COULD SEE MORE ABOUT BATS IN CHURCHES WORK
15TH SEPTEMBER 2020
2. Chats about bats
Jo Ferguson (Bat Conservation Trust) and Honor Gay (Bats in Churches) to find out more about all they do to support bats and buildings and what you might be able to do to help. This event is organised by the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project as part of
THIS EVENT HAS NOW HAPPENED BUT YOU COULD SEE MORE ABOUT BATS IN CHURCHES WORK
Organised by Bradford Cathedral
Live talks with Q&A and pre-recorded videos featuring: Dr Ruth Valerio | Rev Ruth Jarman on Bible and Ecology; how to transform your churchyard to be more environmentally friendly; and on the Church of England’s carbon neutral goals Creating great food and reducing food waste, with Duncan Milwain of the Shipley Food Project | Green Christian on their work and programmes | Harvest Festival Eucharist | live-streamed environmental-themed music night | Themed Bradford Street Market | Children’s Space how-to activity | Bradford Cathedral Woodland Project |The work done by Bradford Cathedral including their solar panels, recycling initiatives and insect hotels | Friends of Queensbury High Street litter-picking |Fialuna on plastic-free periods | plus more to be announced, including videos on how to go plastic-free, top ten tips to make your house more green, and some special Fairtrade videos
7. Remembrance of Lost Species Day
November 30th, is a chance each year to explore the stories of extinct and critically endangered species, cultures, lifeways, and ecological communities.
Whilst emphasising that these losses are rooted in violent and discriminatory governing practices, the day provides an opportunity for participants to make or renew commitments to all who remain, and to develop creative and practical solutions.
Remembrance Day for Lost Species honours diverse experiences and practices associated with enduring and witnessing the loss of cultural and biological diversity.
There are ideas in our resources page and we will list individual events here as they come in
8. Plan an Advent Spiral
Spirals invite movement and thought: that sense of movement inwards, to pause at the centre before bubbling outwards again seems to physically mix inward reflection with outward celebration.
I won’t post everything from the Sparklestories blog: please follow the link to get the full effect of their lovely work….but here are the opening paragraphs and a summary of the ceremonial side of their Spiral
Long ago, when our oldest was very little, and we were living in New Hampshire, we were invited into a beautiful neighborhood celebration that centered around a Winter Spiral (or Advent Spiral). Each Sunday of Advent, as the sun was going down, we gathered in a friend's urban garden. We held lanterns and sang songs. We read verses and heard stories. And most importantly, we each took a walk to the center of the spiral, where a single candle was lit.
In the traditional Waldorf spirals, each week of Advent has a different offering. The first week is of the mineral world (stones, shells), the second week is of the plant world (acorns, berries, branches), the third week is of the animal world (and so we make wax animals), and the fourth week is the world of people.
The fourth week at our house, each person is given an apple with a small, unlit candle in it (see photo below), which they light on the central candle and place along the spiral. So by the end, the entire spiral is covered in little lights. And it is extraordinarily beautiful.
There is ceremony built around the spiral: the lighting of a central candle, the choice and position of the natural materials that make up the spiral. They sing their spiral, too, using rounds and Taize chants and carols and there is a lovely sense of both contemplation and celebration contained within this work
9. Other maze ideas for Midwinter
Tucked away in south-east London, in Forest Hill, there is a spiral that grew out of a community arts festival a few years ago. Maria Strutz, the artist who created it, described her work and the use of the spiral
I created the labyrinth in May 2013 during a 4-day community arts festival (LEAF) on Albion Millennium Green in London SE23.
The materials used were sticks and stones found on the Green. It was meant to be a temporary structure but in the end I was loathe to let it go.
Initially I had to rebuild it nearly every day as the stones and branches got dislodged and the paths could no longer be recognized.
Over time some borders of the labyrinth gathered moss and sprouted grass (also eventually encouraged by me by strategically moving around grass and soil from where it shouldn't grow to where it 'should'. In heavy rains soil is washed away, wherever it wants to go. Maintenance is necessary but less so than in the beginning stages of the labyrinth.
In summer however the labyrinth dries out completely and seems to disappear in most places but it slowly comes back in autumn with the rains.
Response to the labyrinth is/was mostly positive but also encountered some suspicion regarding its spiritual aspects whilst others seem to be totally oblivious to it.
The labyrinth is used and walked by a variety of people, most of whom I am unaware; I sometimes receive unexpected and quite moving feedback how the labyrinth affects people’s lives.
I also come across pigeons wandering the paths and I dream about foxes walking the labyrinth at night.
There are spirals every where! Spirals to walk ( St Catherine’s Hill, Winchester, springs to mind as does the Willen Labyrinth near the Buddhist temple in Milton Keynes). There are old turf mazes (look at Saffron Walden!) and ancient carved stone spirals. There are new spirals (try the Touchstone Maze at Strathpeffer for a spiral that walks you through millions of years of geological history). There are transient ones.
But more personally there are the mazes we can create for ourselves: a simple in and out, marked out on a lawn with sawdust and glass bottle lanterns. A bigger spiral in a field marked with little flags to be walked in silence. A wide green space to be danced in a spiral, leaving a pattern of trampled grass that will linger through to spring. We’ve danced spiral dances with a hundred people, at its height having that sense of inward and outward movement at the same time as the dancing spiral turns.
10. Loving Earth Project at the Riverhouse Barn
Exhibition runs from 6 January to 7 February 2021. (Riverhouse Barn)
Loving Earth Conversation : 8th January (Riverhouse Barn)
Spiritual Retreat : 9th January (Woodbrooke)
Getting Started on your panel workshops: 14th January and 6th February (Quaker Arts Network)
Panel-makers’ informal chats : 21 January and 4 February(Quaker Arts Network)
Deepening our Commitment course starts : 22 January (Woodbrooke)
general queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bookings for events:
Riverhouse barn: https://riverhousebarn.co.uk
Woodbroke: Woodbrooke.org.uk .
Quaker Arts Network: Quakerarts.net
A work-in-progress online exhibition at https://riverhousebarn.co.uk will show over 90 textile panels (and accompanying texts) made for the Loving Earth Project, illustrating some of the things people love and actions they are taking, in the face of environmental threats.
An online Loving Earth Conversation on Friday 8th January will explore some of the environmental themes in the panels and different approaches to taking action on them. Online workshops, retreats, courses and informal events accompany the exhibition. Individuals and groups are invited to join the project which continues through 2021and beyond. Details and resources are at lovingearth-project.uk
Suitability: All are welcome to join the events. People can participate in the project in different ways, as individuals or as a community. Suitable for children (supervised by a responsible adult) .
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