Symbolically and literally Easter is an opportunity to engage sustainability. Easter symbolizes a time of renewal and from an environmental perspective this is precisely what is required as we begin the serious work of being better environmental stewards.
For Christians, Easter is a celebration of Christ’s resurrection, the ultimate symbol of rebirth. Easter is thought to be derived from the the 8th century Anglo-Saxon fertility goddess Eostre, whose name may be from “eastre,” meaning spring. As a secular event, Easter is a celebration of the new life that is spring.
Judaism celebrates Passover around this time of year and it commemorates the Hebrews’ escape from Egyptian enslavement and thus is symbolic of freedom from bondage.
With so many around the world seeking solutions to environmental degradation, Easter assumes even greater importance this year.
Easter is an opportunity to reconsider our relationship to this planet, and a good time to reflect on the truly transformational work that lies ahead. Easter is also an homage to the possibility that we can live in harmony with our environment.
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