I will put my anger aside for a while, and tell you that I distinguish Earth Day, (Jord Day to me ), from Arbor Day, ( Yggdrasil Day to me), by fertilizing the land around my house and planting flowers on Jord Day, and planting a tree or bush on Yggdrasil Day. I use no altar and use no imagery in front of me to honor Jord on Her day. Jord is all around me, Her beauty is my altar, and Her nature is my imagery for this ritual. My offering is the fertilizer, and the flowers my gift. I toast Great Jord, with water, one of Her elements, and then sprinkle the rest over the newly planted flowers. I spend the rest of the day doing yard work. Should it rain I simply perform this ritual on the next available nice day that is appropriate for planting flowers, and working the soil.
This is one of the few rituals where you can become, "one", physically with a God or Goddess. It is also one of the few rituals you can enjoy for months to come. The beautiful gift of flowers should last at least until the fall. It is wonderful to adorn our great Mother Earth with flowers, and not to sound sexist, but what woman does not like flowers?
From a secular point of view, I have over the past year bought a much more fuel efficient car, (Unfortunately I could not afford a hybrid), I no longer buy newspapers,( I get my news off of TV and the internet now ), and I put in a new efficient toilet that uses much less water than my old one. Small steps indeed, but steps none the less. If I do a few things every year I feel it will add up in the end.
No matter where you are, or what you are doing, take at least a few minutes to honor Great Jord, on Her Day, April, 22nd, for all that She does for us. Slow down your busy life for just a few moments and enjoy Her absolute beauty. Let it truly sink in ! Let Her become a part of you, enjoy Her, and then make it a point to respect Her the other 364 days of the year !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love and Thor's protection !