Demand Respect for Mama Earth This Mother's Day

We are sure you already know how to show love to your mothers and mother figures. 💅 So, instead of gift guides and coupon books, this Mother's Day we wanted to remind us all to show gratitude to our beleaguered Mother Earth, too.

Around the same time your lil’ pre-teen body took on a mind of its own, you probably learned to hurl “yo mama” jokes around with your worst friends. Insulting one’s mother is a long-established type of banter with history dating back to the Bible and Shakespeare. It’s the ultimate transgression, an insult of where you literally came from, which makes it particularly and globally offensive.

Sadly, yo original mama, Earth, is transgressed daily by the pollution, destruction of resources, and inaction on climate change of her temporal children. Just as we often take for granted the mother figures who raise and nurture us through life, we don’t fully appreciate the incredible life-sustaining support provided by Mother Earth. Harkening back to our middle school days, we came up with some yo mama jokes that touch on the collective insults we inflict on her everyday.

We disrespect Mother Earth by pretending that climate science is not conclusive and that denial is a side of the debate. We mistreat her by dumping garbage and toxic chemicals into her water and filling her skies with CO2 to the point of warming her overall temperature. We scar her surface for tar sands and blow the tops of her mountains for coal. We drive her inhabitants to the point of extinction, mow down her rainforests for palm oil and beef, damage her coral reefs, and enslave her animals. Mothers can be long-suffering, but yo mama is running out of patience.

All jokes aside, this Mother’s Day, there are ways you can to come to the defense of the mother of us all. Make nature part of your celebration this weekend: cook a meal made from a farmer’s market haul, go on a hike, or have a picnic brunch in your local park. Commit to supporting organizations like Earth Justice, the National Resources Defense Council, and the Rainforest Action Network that tirelessly defend our Mother Earth. Find ways to show your gratitude and thank yo mama for sustaining us, even when we treat her so badly.

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