Mothers take on the world from the moment they wake up in the morning to the second they fall asleep at night. Their power and influence is part of the meals they make, the hugs they give and the world they create for their children. Their work is critical, whether it be nursing a baby or standing up for the environment which supports their kids and their lives.
Mothers Day 2021 is the second that mothers have spent in lockdown or socially distanced structures. It's a profound time of change and growth in our communities, provinces and country. It's a time for reflection and gratitude. So, what do mothers really want on Sunday, May 9th?
This month, we invite you to take on a Mothers Day Mission to speak about the value of motherhood in your life and that of your family. Mothers are the foundation of many families and the wellspring of each of our lives. As the world continues to shift towards something like normalcy with occasional veering back into chaos, we see the mothers holding their families, their communities and their social structures together. On Mothers Day 2021, here are three actions to take that can acknowledge, uphold and praise the role mothers play in our complicated lives.
1. Tell your story through art. Parents, grandparents, children and youth can express their love for both their mothers and the Mother Earth in an international campaign designed to celebrate the world and the mothers that love it. #OurOtherMother is a beautiful message of love about the deep value of the nurture and guidance given to us by the resources provided by the soil, water and air and the resilience of our mother figures. All art can displayed on social media and tagged with #OurOtherMother and #OurOtherMotherCanada to be included in a social media campaign that stretches from Nigeria to New Zealand. If you don't want to design your own pieces, feel free to colour with our colouring sheets here and here.
2. Share your mission with the ones you love. Mothers in our network love chocolate and flowers but what they really desire is a world where their kids can grow old without worrying about whether the water they drink is potable or the air they breathe is polluted. For our network, the most beautiful Mothers Day gift is that of a strong climate. Watch the linked videos here and join mothers like Jenna and Jenny of For Our Kids Guelph in speaking the truth about what they really want for Mothers Day 2021. Send [email protected] a short video (up to 30 seconds in French or English) with your message by May 17, 2021 to be included in a Mothers Day month compilation.
3. Celebrate a mother who is taking on climate change. If you know someone (or are someone) who is leading the charge in your network, team, community or household on climate action, send contact details to [email protected] to be included in a media profile about Canadian mothers who are changing the world. We will follow up and conduct a short interview with anyone selected. We see you, we know you, and we want to tell the world about the work you are doing. Our Mothers Day mission is to let the world know that our work will not done until parents have saved the world for our kids.