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In This Issue: April 2020

Mar 31, 2020 04:29PM ● By Cat Carrel

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A Global Awakening

The world is about to experience a massive global awakening. For the past 10 years or so, Mother Earth has been screaming at us to wake up. With rising temperatures, devastating fires, unprecedented weather events, threats of mass extinction and now, a global pandemic, are we ready to listen?

Yes, I think we are. There is an opportunity for growth even in the direst of times. When forced to evaluate our consumption habits, we might see that purchasing dry goods, rather than packaged goods, puts more food in our pantries for longer periods of time. When our movement is restricted, we see that it’s wise to eliminate unnecessary trips. All over the planet, we are seeing the benefits of slowed-down consumption—in reduced carbon output, cleaner waterways and cleaner air in the most polluted cities.

Through this time, we will also rediscover ways to be with and support each other that we have previously lost. Families are spending time together, neighbors are reaching out to neighbors, friends are checking on friends and acquaintances who are vulnerable. We’re using social networks to have virtual parties, practitioners are creatively offering their services via Zoom or Facetime, and more people than ever are working remotely from home.

This is all good, and necessary, and timely. We will get through this. Together.

And we will show you how. For 26 years, Natural Awakenings has been informing and inspiring readers across the country about natural health, living sustainably and promoting healing for the body, mind and spirit. Through this challenging time, we will remain a vital and critical publication for sharing resources that address stress, anxiety, depression, health, well-being and nutrition.

This issue—in accordance with the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day—focuses on our dear Mother, our efforts to address and reverse the climate catastrophe and the inspirational figures behind the present movement. In Planet Rescue: Grassroots Strategies Combat Climate Crisis, Julie Marshall shows us how youth around the world are rising to the challenge using art and peaceful protest, while bringing adults on board with them. And Sandra Yeyati explores further how grassroots activism leads to positive change in Climate Warriors Unite: A Call to Action.

But what good is a healthy planet if your home isn’t healthy? In Healthy Home, Healthy Kids: How to Keep Them Safe, Ronica O’Hara writes about how you can take steps to rid your home of chemicals, mold and other airborne, waterborne and residual contaminants.  And, our Eco Tip this month, Think Outside the House: Expanding Spring Cleaning, gives us spring cleaning tips, not just for the inside of our homes, but for the exteriors of our homes, our gardens and automobiles. Just the balm we need as we navigate stay at home orders and social distancing.

Please stay well, dear readers.

Cat Carrel, Publisher

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