Welcome to Poetic Earth Month, where we believe that earth care begins with wanting life—for ourselves and others.
Who is the “other”?
It might be our best friend. It might be our parents. It might be our children. It might even be the little fox we saw lilting his way down between our house and our neighbor’s house just yesterday.
Rarely does earth care seem to begin with just statistics or news, though that can be a very important motivator. Hearts must be touched. Senses must be awakened. Sensibilities must be kindled and cultivated. On the simplest level, we must want to live, beautifully.
Our choice for how to spur deep motivation—sustained by hope?
Especially during the month of April.
Why We’ve Chosen to Celebrate in April
At least in the United States, April is National Poetry Month. Worldwide, Earth Day has been expanding into Earth Month and beyond. To us, it felt like a natural fit to pair two events and create Poetic Earth Month!
How to Celebrate
Last year, we dipped our toes into pairing poetry with earth care, by joining Drawdown EcoChallenge—and reading and writing our way through the challenge, poetically.
We read poems. We wrote poems.
And we made changes in our lifestyles and living.
We Invite You
This year, we invite you to do the same. Consider joining EcoChallenge. And/or consider reading and writing your way poetically through Earth month.
Whichever you choose, we hope to hear from you.
Drop a poem into our comment box. Ping us on Twitter or Instagram with an @tspoetry. Use the hashtag #poeticearthmonth.
We want to read and write the world with you, poetically. We want to live alongside you, beautifully.
Read or write a poem a day
Join EcoChallenge 2019
(slight date difference from the 2018 video below)
What we do together adds up. Get some friends, family, or co-workers together and choose one of the Top 10 (out of the top 80 game changers) to focus on throughout Poetic Earth Month and beyond.
More Ways Poetry Can Change Society
Our primary sponsor Tweetspeak Poetry also sponsors public days beyond Poetic Earth Month, to bring positive change to society. Check out the following, to learn more:
Poetry at Work Day (created especially to bring meaning to the workplace)
Take Your Poet to Work Day (created especially to provide a poetry gateway for professionals)
Poem on Your Pillow Day (created especially for parents and children and the hotel industry)
Random Acts of Poetry Day (created especially for classrooms to take poetry to the streets)