Community Conservation & Our Future
We depend upon nature for the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. We are a part of nature, and when the birds, bees, and plants that provide those services are in trouble, so are we. Our impact on the world around us has always been significant, and too often devastating. However, until recently the total effect was muted by our limited overall population and countless undisturbed spaces where nature could take refuge.
Today, climate change, plastics, and chemicals do not respect boundaries and degrade nature in our national parks and wilderness areas. Meanwhile, human population has expanded greatly, and we occupy or have disturbed nearly 80% of the earth’s land surface.
But there is a better way! We can provide food, water, shelter for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife in the places where we live, play, learn and worship. From tiny city backyards to large suburban lawns to degraded exurban woodlands and fields, nature can be restored with a plan and some effort. In doing so, we benefit directly and re-connect with, and gain inspiration from, the nature of which we’re a part.