Happy Planetine’s Day! Here are five ways to say ‘I love you’ to our planet today and everyday
by Emily Burton
14 February 2023
Love is in the air! And whether your love language is words of affirmation, acts of service, gifts, quality time, or physical touch, there is a way for everyone to say a quick 'love ya' to the planet this Valentine's Day.
Planet Earth. The fifth-largest planet in our solar system and the only known place in the universe to support life as we all know it. The water we drink! The air we breathe! Dolphins!!
What could be lovelier than celebrating our little home sweet home this Valentine’s Day? So here are five ideas (and five love languages) to do it:
Words of affirmation
If your love language is words of affirmation, you know better than anyone that words are powerful – and our planet now more than ever needs you to speak up.
Whether it’s signing a petition (may we suggest stopping Woodside’s dirty deep-sea gas drilling project in Western Australia), RSVP’ing to attend your next local climate rally, or using the time between dinner and dessert tonight to talk (respectfully) hot and (briefly) heavy about the climate crisis with your date. Your voice matters.
In the wise words of Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Acts of service
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: there is no planet B. And for over 50 years now, Greenpeace has been using peaceful protest and creative confrontation to expose environmental crime and hold dirty corporations and big polluters accountable for the impacts that they have on our climate.
But that’s not to say that we as individuals can’t play our part (where we can) to show our planet “no, I love YOU more!”.
We can #take3 when we spend our summers at the beach, and winters camping in the mountains. We can reduce, reuse, and recycle when we are at home.
We can opt for sustainable options when it comes to purchasing goods, and keep the planet at the forefront of our minds when shopping for services (Hint: Here’s our Green Electricity Guide to get you started!).
There’s a reason why we’ve been using non-violent, creative action for over 50 years now – it works!
So if your love language is a little less blah blah blah, why not join our active volunteer network?
Our work depends on it. And it’s a whole lotta fun too (if we do say so ourselves).
Whether that’s lending your skills in technology, creativity, research, or joining our Climbing or Boat Team, there are plenty of ways to get your hands dirty and give our planet the TLC it deserves.
Personally, we think every love language is a gift. But if today has got you feeling a little more romantic, or you’re just looking to spice things up, may we suggest a generous donation to Greenpeace?
Whether it’s a one-off donation, a monthly contribution, or even a gift in will, your gift to Greenpeace makes sure we stay independent and continue to keep up the work that we do for our planet.
ICYMI, we don’t accept any funding from governments or corporations – which means we really do rely on the amazing support from people like you.
Lastly, don’t forget about the simple pleasures in life by just spending some quality time in the great outdoors.
A long romantic walk on the beach or sunset dip in the ocean is a great way to show your appreciation for our beautiful planet.
…It also serves as a precious reminder of everything around us worth fighting for (Hint: it’s a lot!).