Some of the most impactful improvements are coming from small communities across the country that implement green strategies in their own backyard. Here are a few ways that you can promote green strategies and conservation in your community.
Speak Up for the Land and Water Conservation Fund
This September Congress did not reauthorize funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Since 1965 LWCF has provided the funds needed to support the conservation of state and local recreation parks as well as national parks. LWCF officials are asking that everyone speak up for the fund and urge their representatives to reenact the program.
Contacting your rep by mail or phone is a great start. You can go one step further by raising awareness about the need for reauthorization with a petition in your community. Make sure to let people know that LWCF is not supported by taxpayer dollars. Funds come from taxes paid on offshore oil and gas drilling to offset the damage done to the environment.
Start a Community Garden and/or Farmers’ Market
Establishing a community garden at a local park, school or your own front yard does more than produce fruits and vegetables. It raises awareness and promotes eating locally, which is much better for the environment. Another benefit is that you can control the products that are used and opt for chemical-free pesticides. Starting a local farmers’ market is another way to promote healthy eating that has a lower impact on your local ecosystems.
Stay Updated on the Community Infrastructure
Every city is going to have its own economic development, zoning and planning committees that are charged with maintaining and improving the infrastructure. It’s up to citizens to become involved in the process and voice their opinions about how the city can accomplish responsible growth. This keeps city officials accountable and encourages them to make use of green strategies like tighter building construction a top priority.
Urge Community Leaders to Create a Sustainability Plan
Green cities are those that have created a sustainability plan and taken action to make it happen. Sustainability plans are created using public input and taking the unique characteristics of a city into account. It is in no way limiting, but instead promotes the use of innovative ideas to improve the quality of life for all community members.
Support National Park Preservation
Do you have a national park, forest or preserve in your area? Supporting organizations like the National Park Foundation and National Park Conservation Association gives you a way to get involved locally. They hold regional events throughout the year, and your donations will provide assistance within your community and beyond.
Support Local Businesses That Support the Environment
As a consumer you have purchasing power. The companies you give your business to drives the local economy, but it also has a huge impact on the environment. Make it a point to only shop at stores that have made a commitment to sustainability. This sends a clear message that those types of businesses are the ones that will flourish within your community.
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