The Hug A Tree Challenge is easy and can be incredibly impactful, with your help:
- Hug a tree and take a picture! Nature can calm your mind and spirit, per a scientific study.
- Donate to the Sierra Club to take a measurable step to protect the environment (bonus points for getting your donation matched by your employer!)
- Spread the word! These little acorns of action will only grow into a forest if we act together. Share a picture of your Hug A Tree Challenge moment using #HugATreeChallenge on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat – tag @SierraClub and challenge others to participate, and let’s get this forest growing! 🙂
“Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we’ve made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.”
Last week, we talked about steps to take to protect marginalized people from oppressors, and those steps are still absolutely critical. Hundreds of hate crimes have been reported in the days since the election, and the fight is on to protect each other and ourselves.
We must continue to seek out and create ways to make an impact – start the conversation with those around you about how you can help support and protect them, and with people you don’t know but who need help. Speak to people whose voices have not been heard; racial, religious and gender minorities, the LGBTQ community, children, the elderly, and people with disabilities, and ask them how you can support them.
All of this critical work to protect people who have been overlooked and oppressed must continue. And, as my best friend Katie and I discussed yesterday, we must also speak for the completely silent.
“Donald Trump Could Put Climate Change on Course for ‘Danger Zone’” the New York Times aptly titled a scary and very real description of our President-Elect’s plans to minimize EPA work over the next four years. The earth cannot speak for itself, and as our home, as have an absolute responsibility to protect it.
We have a president-elect who doesn’t believe in climate change. Millions of people are going to have to say: Mr. Trump, you are dead wrong. pic.twitter.com/Xc77gh3Iui
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) November 13, 2016
So, Katie and I decided on a solution with two key focuses:
- We need to stay calm and lower our blood pressure so that we don’t all get ulcers from this circus of a media/political arena. Ugh!
- Let’s make something happen – a measurable impact that makes us feel good, and does good to combat global warming.
Already hugged a tree, donated and shared?! If not, go back up to the top of the page and PLEASE participate in all three steps!! If you have, hooray and THANK YOU!! Ok – next steps:
- Check out the Sierra Club Home Page for other ways to maximize your own conservation efforts.
- Head over to my original Sustainability Tips post from May, and my more recent Seasonal Sustainability Tips post, to reduce your environmental footprint a little bit every day 🙂
- Just like people of privilege (like white, especially straight white male people!) have a responsibility to ask others how we can help them, we can all ask how we can help the environment! Ask a gardener or farmer, talk to friends, family, strangers (be safe out there, but be curious!) and do your research.
Katie and I are part of Pantsuit Nation on Facebook (if you’re not, ask one of us, and we’ll invite you to the secret group!), and if every one of those members donated $5, we would collectively provide Sierra Club with almost $18 million to fund their diverse, impactful programs.
The question now is, where is the lucky tree?
Sending hugs and excitement about the impact we’ll make with the #HugATreeChallenge!!
A Happy, Tree-Hugging Wife