Over the last few years I’ve had this question bouncing around my head: Why aren’t Pagans the leaders of the environmental movement? Mother Earth is supposed to be a sacred deity for many of us but there are few who tread lightly on Her.
It’s not that I expect Pagans to live off the grid, growing all their own food. That would be unrealistic. However, I do expect Pagans to think of our Great Mother before they make a purchase and put food in their mouths.
Many a ritual and festival I see a total lack of regard for Mother Earth. SUVs, styrofoam food containers, processed food, and wares made in far off places of plastic, poisonous enamels, or unsustainable practices, hair dyes, makeup, and other personal care items. Last year, for example, I attended a festival in southwestern New Hampshire. I wrote about it on Witchstead
I looked around and there were thousands of dollars worth of stock: books, statues, cloaks and dresses, cards, more jewelry than I can honestly fathom, hand carved wood ritual items like wands, and tons of herbs and spices. I asked each of the herb and spice vendors if they grew their stock. Each said no with a snort.
I’ve asked Pagans why they make the choices they do. Often, the response is started with “I need…” or “I can’t…”
“I need an SUV because my kids have soccer practice.”
“I can’t grow my own herbs because of the foxes.”
“I color my hair because it represents my inner self.”
“I’m so busy…”
But there’s a negative duality of honoring our Great Mother without actually honoring her.
Pagans should be at the forefront of the environmental movement. We should put into practice the green living techniques learned over the last decades and show the world we take seriously what we preach: Earth is our Mother and we will honor Her by becoming green beacons for others to gravitate to.