Step-1 - Sustainable Landscapes, accept personal accountability
Sometimes, I wonder what the birds think when they look down and see pollution that litters our nation’s streams and rivers. Recently, as I traveled by train to
It appears that although as a Nation we have participated for more than 50 years in a “Green Revolution”, on the whole we continue to fail. So, obviously, it will take more than simply a ‘love of all things green’ to make it work.
Because I am a property owner of wetland located in central
What is the answer? In my book A Path Worn Smooth, available in E-book format http://www.lulu.com/product/ebook/a-path-worn-smooth/10645451 or paper print http://www.lulu.com/content/5345570, I explore the influence of legacy – family and community expectations - as it relates to life choices. As a result I determined although I am three generations removed from a Quaker heritage, there is still one central guideline – caretaker – that influences my legacy.
Ever wondered how much "nature", eco-footprint, is required to support your legacy, lifestyle choices? There are eco-footprint tools which measure conservation, www.conservation.org/ecofootprint, and are helpful with identifying your eco status as well as learning where and how you presently fall short.
Won’t you join me in a quest to create awareness of individual accountability? Be aware of the impact of your eco-footprint and then, become recognized in your community as the person who CARES. Instead of stumbling through an eco-effort – ‘love of all things green’, solicit knowledge; and let it be your mentor. And, perhaps if you and I work together, the birds will some day look down and think, “Whew, those humans had a close call but thank goodness, they have recognized the error of their ways!”
Author’s Note - In anticipation of the 2010 DC Green Festival, I’ve implemented a 5-step sustainable landscape program. A final step invites all to the DC Green Festival Saturday, October 23, from 12:30 to 1:15pm held at the Organic Gardening and Urban Farming Pavilion located in the DC Convention Center to hear my speech Gardening Green: the sustainable landscape. For details, see Green Festivals http://www.greenfestivals.org/index.php?option=com_mtree2&task=viewlink&link_id=1562 .