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Letter from Publisher: Going Greener

Apr 01, 2017 02:53PM

Looking out my office window, I get to watch the passage of seasons, sometimes in the span of less than a week. Being pelted by windy rain and cold one day can be supplanted the next by sunshine and warmth. I often joke around this time of year that I wouldn’t know what to do if I was a tree or flower—bloom now, or wait until I’m sure the last freeze has come and gone.

Mother Nature ceaselessly amazes. We celebrate our incredible planet and environment every month and especially in our April Green Living issue honoring Earth Day. As Kermit the frog says, “It’s good to be green.”

Earth’s ecosystems are the foundation of life for all, affecting our well-being, daily and long-term quality of life, local and global economies and the health of Mother Earth. We need nature to run smoothly on all cylinders in order to thrive and survive.

Each of us has a vested interest in caring for the environment, yet it can seem daunting trying to figure out which eco-friendly steps make a valuable difference, and where to start. This month, we highlight some things we can do on a local level—from creating eco-landscapes to greening our homes.

Lanette Abbott’s local feature “Eco Yards are the New Normal,” offers readers information on the use of native plants to help conserve water, eliminate harmful chemicals and attract wildlife. Familiarizing ourselves with examples of areas in our city engaged in sustainable approaches to landscaping plus resources to shape our own plans, we are ready to nurture nature in our own yards.

My family has enjoyed tending raised-bed gardens for several years and they’ve provided delightful educational opportunities for the kids, as well as some of the greatest cherry tomatoes around. It’s a relatively easy way to begin a native landscape project that will reap satisfying benefits.

Attending Earth Day events gives us opportunities to discover even more about eco-friendly practices and innovations underway. From large companies to small businesses and individuals progressively supporting the well-being of our environment, we gratefully learn more about how to do our part as good stewards.

We hope you’ll participate in this month’s events; be sure to stop by our booth at the Earth Day Festival in Military Park on April 22 and the Earth Day Community Celebration at the JCC on April 23. We’d love to meet you in person.

It’s good to be green,

Teona Wright, Publisher

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