Rosa Lee, Pembroke, Ontario, Canada
Every winter, sand is dumped everywhere to combat the ice. This includes the back lawn of our apartment building where some residents walk. In the spring, the sand leaches into the soil, slowing making it harder and harder for the ground to support vegetation. To care for my immediate environment, I sweep up the accumulated sand from the walk way to my back step--yes, I sweep the lawn. Then, I sift the sand to remove debris (grass, leaves, etc.) and return the sand to the sandbox for use next winter. The neighbours may think I'm a nut, but the plantlife around my home has a much better opinion of me :-)
Michelle Vanstrom, Youngstown, NY
|Parkway as it looks now.|
|If landscape is restored.|
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.