April is an appropriate month to observe Earth Day as the ground thaws, tress come back to life and wildlife begins to shake off the winter. As a third generation Washingtonian, I’m forever amazed at nature’s offerings in our area—from the Chesapeake Bay as the largest estuary in the United States, the glorious mountains throughout Maryland and Virginia, to the incredible parkland within Washington, D.C. It’s encouraging that so many organizations and individuals have made great strides in the past few decades to improve damage done by lack of care.
Our homes are a place where better choices can make a difference to improve the environment. This month’s healthy house feature discusses better ways to “green it up” and offers new research and practical tips on everything from some ways to thaw and cook food, to the type of lighting we choose to use in our bedrooms. In the pages this month, you will learn about healthy materials used in a flooring, how to be mindful about the types of towels to use and practical information if you are planning to replace your mattress.
Our feature article brings some reality to the bigger picture of climate change and its effects on health. Our warming planet is changing the frequency of heat-related illnesses, increased allergy symptoms, respiratory illness and the disruption of sleep. The nightly news stories of more intense storms and extreme heat have become commonplace.
Although there are many discussions on why and how it has gotten to this point, there are practical steps we all can take to do our part. I hope your reading of the pages of Natural Awakenings this month will fill you with reverence for our glorious planet as well as inspire you to take positive changes, to help keep our world safe and green for generations to come.
This spring will be especially memorable, as April marks my first Natural Awakenings publication. I’m honored to be a new member of this family. Thank you, Robin Fillmore, for trusting me to continue providing our readers insights and information to improve the quality of life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.