Summer Solstice is a great beginning for your summer giving activities! As the festivities of spring wind down and the flourishing of nature reaches its peak, we welcome in the new season of summer. Representing the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice is a day of historical celebration and is still widely celebrated today. There are plenty of rituals you can bring into your day to celebrate the Summer Solstice, each of them rooted in appreciation for Mother Earth and the Sun. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the Summer Solstice takes place on June 21st so mark your calendars!
The Summer Solstice is the perfect time for giving back to the environment. For anyone who is planning to celebrate this years longest day, consider these environment gives for your Summer Solstice celebrations.
Part of celebrating Mother Earth is appreciating her beauty. Wild flower seed packages are rather inexpensive and can be a beautiful addition to your garden. The benefits of planting wildflowers far exceeds their beauty however, as they also improve soil health and water quality and are very good for pollinators like bees and butterflies. Increasing the number of pollinators is great for your garden and for Mother Earth in general!
Have A Neighbourhood Litter Clean Up – Summer Solstice Giving Activities
After celebrating the sunrise the morning of the Summer Solstice, consider going for a nice walk in your neighborhood or somewhere you enjoy walking. Bring a garbage bag, some sanitary gloves, and a couple of friends to clean up the litter you see. This is not only an activity that can be made fun by turning it into a friendly competition with friends (perhaps whoever collects the most litter the fastest wins?) but is also a great way to give back to Mother Earth. Be sure to follow your local recycling rules as you sort the litter to ensure everything goes in its rightful place!
Community gardens have been popping up all over as a great sustainable approach to address food insecurity. Community gardens are a great way to help your local community and the environment as it is a free alternative to grocery store produce and reduces fossil fuel emissions. Volunteers are always needed in the non-profit sector, so get some friends together on this summer solstice and volunteer at your local community garden.
A big part of the summer solstice is showing appreciation for and celebrating the sun. Give back to the sun by showing appreciation for it. One way to show appreciation for the sun is to marvel at the heat that it radiates by making sunshine tea. Check out this recipe! A fun, refreshing way to give thanks for the Sun.
A traditional way to celebrate the summer solstice is to have a bonfire. Many cultures host large bonfires and dance the night away. If you plan to celebrate with a bonfire, make sure you are not burning varnished wood as the varnish releases harmful toxins. Lots of little critters and bugs might find a fire pit inviting, so before you stack your wood and light your bonfire be sure that no frogs or other living creatures are living there. If they are, respectfully remove them in a way that keeps you and the critter safe. Make sure you have a safe bonfire in an area that will ensure our forests are safe!
The summer solstice is something to be celebrated! Save the date and plan some fun, eco-friendly activities that show appreciation for and give thanks to the Sun for the long days he has given us. Plan to try any of these environment gives? Let us know in the common section below! For more planet giving ideas you can use all summer long, check our these articles that will keep you motivated and giving!