Earth Day is a celebration which has been held every April 22nd since 1970 to show support for environmental protection. Events take place not only on the 22nd, but also throughout the month of April, with billions of people from over 193 countries coming together to promote reforms in the protection of our planet and its climate.
The entire team at Essence of Thyme College of Holistic Studies is honoured to be among those taking part in this year’s celebration. Our comprehensive aromatherapy certification programs exceed the criteria for sustainability education as set forth by the Airmid Institute Plant Protector Program. This month, we are excited to give back.
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Rainforest Alliance is a non-profit organization that works to protect forests, enhance farmers' and forest communities' livelihoods, promote their human rights, and assist them in mitigating and adapting to climate change. One of their many programs combats deforestation.
These issues are critical: trees are one of our most essential defences against climate change, and 1 out of every 3 trees is on the verge of extinction.
As aromatherapists, we need to remember that this includes many of the essential oil-bearing trees we adore and rely on for their therapeutic and divine smelling oils such as black spruce (Picea mariana), Eucalyptus radiata, and Taiwan cypress (Chamaecyparis formosensis).
Tropical forests with native essential oil-bearing trees like rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora) are home to some of the world's most biodiverse ecosystems. Many species, complicated food webs, a range of ecological niches, greater genetic diversity, and ample resources characterize biodiversity-rich ecosystems. These ecosystems with attractive medicine and timber products are more subject to habitat degradation and human overexploitation — extreme impacts like these leave ecosystems, natural resources, species exposed to situations that are more difficult to adapt to, habitats less resilient to the impacts of climate change, and an Earth that continues to rapidly warm.
Supporting organizations like Rainforest Alliance is but one of many things that can be done to help protect trees, preserve biodiverse ecosystems which encompass other fragile essential and carrier oil-bearing plants, and to help meet the impact of climate change — humankind's biggest challenge.
Other actions you can take to help protect ecosystems and threatened essential and carrier oil-bearing plants include:
Although we celebrate Earth Day in April, every day of the year matters! We have a responsibility not only to the essential and carrier oil-bearing plants that we wholly depend on as aromatherapists, but also to future generations — and, most importantly, Mother Earth herself.
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Article by: Kelly Ablard, PhD, RA, MIFPA
Kelly has been a certified aromatherapy educator and conservation biologist for over 15 years. She is dedicated to the global education, research, and conservation of medicinal and aromatic plants. Kelly actively works to help protect and promote the uses of traditional medicine in Indigenous communities.
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