For Pagans and people who follow an Earth-based Spirituality, environmental issues hold a special place in our hearts. It is the aspect that I admire most about my path. We have such a unique connection, love, respect and compassion for the Earth. So many religions and faiths are often unbalanced in their concern for How to get to the Afterlife. They approach the Earth, nature and earthly matters with indifference or worse label such elements as unimportant or sinful. Pagans on the other hand see the spirit— the ‘holiness’ of the Earth, its trees, its plants, its creatures, its soil. To Pagans we are not the rulers of the Earth, we are its sons and daughters. In fact, we are the Earth and the Earth is us. We are grateful for our Mother Earth who gives us all that we can desire: food, shelter, beauty and even purpose. As the Earth’s creatures it is our purpose to be the Earth’s consciousness, it’s heart, it’s soul and its protector. It’s not a matter of should we be her protectors, We need to be because as Alan watts so elegantly stated, ” We do not “come into” into this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean “waves,” the universe “peoples.” Can leaves be healthy on a sick tree? Are there waves without its Ocean… are the waves at all separate from their waters? We are the waves, the oceans, the trees, the winds. And all the wonders of the nature dwell in us. Be grateful for our mother—Be Kind and gentle with her.