Spring’s Dance

 Spring’s surge of energy is everywhere: in the swelling of buds that give hillsides a warm red glow, tulip leaves poking up regardless of remaining spring snows, chipmunks fluff up their tails and dart around old haunts, the air smells fresh, spiders hatch everywhere, winter stuff is stowed in favor of spring hikes; we’re getting out the canoes and kayaks; the juncos are back.

 Earth teems with the fever of mating as spring throws off its winter blanket and we humans, just one species among all who share this planet, reliably start a fresh year. We’re as predictable as the chipmunks, and I wonder if other species say to each other, “I just saw a few humans out picking up trash on route 175,” or perhaps the robins are saying, “that pile those humans raked up scratching earth’s back gives us the best building materials for this year’s nest.” 

 Sometimes humans forget that we are just one of the life forms on earth. We forget that we have an important role in earth’s dance for all beings to share the space, water supply, and land with each other so that we can all continue to thrive and survive.

 This week, Canadian activist and world citizen, Maude Barlow, spoke at PSU, updating us on our need to care for the earth’s water responsibly. PSU students have organized to ban the sale of bottled water on campus. 75 percent of bottled water bottles are trashed, not recycled, and the water they contain often does not meet the standards of regular tap water. Good news is that even airports are now installing tap water spigots so that it is possible for us to carry our own containers and refill them safely while traveling.

 Barlow’s latest book, Blue Covenant, is available in local libraries and YouTube carries several of her lectures.

 Many of us rely on our NH mountains to pump up our spirits. Whether we actually hike in the high peaks or walk in nearby wooded areas, spring is a time to be aware of how much our woods and all the life forms they house nourish us as well. Hopefully, we will choose to protect our woodlands and not cut them up with tower paths that stifle lives in the forest.

 Whenever we threaten the life of other species, we threaten our own as well. Whenever we value and safeguard other species, our own health reverberates with robust energy.

Here’s to fully embracing spring’s dance!

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