Paganism for the planet

How planet friendly is your life?

What is there that you do, or own, that you know isn’t sustainable? If those things are a consequence of your wealth and privilege, what stories are you telling yourself to keep on with them?

How hard would it be to make changes? What would it cost you in terms of time, energy, and resources?

If you have a Pagan practice, consider making changes as offerings. If you are the sort of person to make offerings in rituals, or at altars, consider what you give. Does the planet need you to burn incense? Do the Gods really want your cut flowers? The effort and personal cost of living in a more environmentally friendly way might be a much more powerful thing to offer up.

If you can’t give something up entirely, try cutting back. Dedicate a day in the week to this, perhaps.

Try giving up the things that are a barrier to experiencing the real world first hand. Planes and cars are obvious examples. Walking and cycling will bring you into stronger relationship with the natural world. If you can’t be mobile in this way, look for the least power intensive way of getting about.

Consider what you put into the water, and what is done to the soil on your behalf. Consider what is burned for you, and what you put into the air. Change your relationship with the elements by treating them with greater care. Try dedicating to care for them when you next honour them in ritual.

Giving things up can be hard. It can feel difficult and challenging. You may find that easier if you take it on as an act of spiritual dedication instead. Every time you give something up, you are reducing the harm you do. Reframe your sacrifice, and it might look a good deal more attractive.

About Nimue Brown

Druid, author, dreamer, folk enthusiast, parent, polyamourous animist, ant-fash, anti-capitalist, bisexual steampunk. Drinker of coffee, maker of puddings. Exploring life as a Pagan, seeking good and meaningful ways to be, struggling with mental health issues and worried about many things. View all posts by Nimue Brown

4 responses to “Paganism for the planet

  • Tahni J. Nikitins

    Thank you! I love this. This is something I’ve tried (and am still working on) incorporating into my own practice. I’ve also started incorporating into my practice weekly letter/email writing and phone calling directed towards CEOs of some of the biggest pollution producing companies, and have framed it as a devotional act to earth and her inhabitants. Every little bit, right?

  • Deorwynn

    I started with recycling, then went to veganism, then composting. My newest endeavor is reducing the amount of trash and single use plastics I use.

  • eberis

    hello . I want to say I have a disorder of data centers getting a typing net and the reduction of typing becoming type which goes short formþ .. I’m working on a form of recycling called recycle 2 .. which oddly prevents dimensional holes in the environment such as the pagan-heart .. now offline .. topic of teleport , which my thesis on the scientific and governmental basis of quantum displacement is in a weird way a way to flood poins and nualons into the environment before we begin the Space Age II of space force . this probably doesn’t make sense as not many of my comments do in terms of data centers and my disorder . I’ve also been eating apples and I’m trying to eat fewer Cup Noodles . last one . I worked in environmental education and then went ‘mad’ . finally the media ecology is something to look up as I’m not unpolitically welcome on Republican access to the media portal of ecology on wikipedia .. and want to continue on blockchain .. without crowdfunding problem of the bylaw of executive . anyway , global peace now . back to what you were doing …

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