'How I Save the Earth...a Little Every Day'
Beliefnet users recount their personal triumphs in helping to keep our environment alive and well in the 21st century.
Michelle Vanstrom, Youngstown, NY
|Parkway as it looks now.|
I am working with theNiagara Frontier Wildlife Habitat Council
and theNiagara Heritage Partnership
toward creating a genuine, non-motorized greenway from Niagara Falls, N.Y. to Lewiston, N.Y. Our proposal advocates the removal of all four lanes of the Robert Moses Parkway (approximately 6.5 miles of pavement), which is duplicated by two other state roads.
|If landscape is restored.|
The goal is to reclaim the natural environment in order to protect and provide for unique native flora and fauna, old growth forest, and small ancient trees; to incorporate hiking and biking trails to encourage eco-tourism, heritage tourism, and cultural tourism by honoring Native American and African American historic sites.
8. I'm Teaching My Child About Nature
Shana Gibson, Vancouver, BC, Canada
|Mikala discovers nature.|
9. My Group Recycles Computers
Andy Vass, Northbrook, IL
My foundation, Technology for Humanity (technologyforhumanity.org), brings access to technology to underserved communities while helping the environment by recycling. We focus on minorities and people with disabilities. We accept donations of working Pentium 2 or later computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards and mice. We have two tag lines: "A mouse in every house" and "Machines you can write off, people you can’t." We help build self-esteem and skills in underserved communities and also keep computers and monitors out of landfills.
10. I Ditched the Car
Marvin Klinger, Denver, CO
In 1977 when I moved from Milwaukee, WI to Chicago, IL, I became keenly aware of how much pollution was caused by cars. A brown cloud would begin forming over the city on Monday and would reach its peak in density by Friday. It then would thin out during the weekend when people did less driving. So I decided to get rid of my car that year and began to strictly use public transportation. I became so oriented to not having my own car that I have not owned one since. I have lived in three other large cities since Chicago, including my present home of Denver, CO, and in each made the conscious choice to forego the ownership of a car and to use only public transportation.