Susan Milette, Fort Pierce, FL
|The Seagrass Awareness|
Each participant gave a voice to the river. We have somewhat bared ourselves in an effort to get your attention. All of the proceeds aid the recovery and well-being of the Indian River Lagoon. Our 16-month calendar (from Sept . '06 to Dec. '07) will be available soon by ordering from Riverscoalition.org.
Rose-Mary Gower, North Wales, UK
|John-Paul Gower, 21,|
3. We're All Vegan
My family is all vegan. This reduces our water usage, soil depletion, petroleum use, and eliminates pollution from animal agriculture.
Susan Porter, Amarillo, TX
|Susan Porter mulches her|
There are so many things we need to do to recover the environment. One of the main things I've done is to have only one child. I consciously made this decision 20 years ago and I have never regretted it. There are too many of us on the planet for us to live sustainably....Americans consume more than any other country in the world. Can we change the way we think about what we need to live? If we don't we will be forced to change at some point, whether we want to or not.
5. I Organize Moms Who Work for Air Quality
Jeri Sundvall-Williams, Portland, OR
I am the director of [an environmental action organization] that in the last 10 years has worked in N/NE Portland to address air quality issues and how they affect public health in the residents of our community. We are mostly a group of low-income moms who work together to educate and speak out for ourselves and through that process have educated ourselves to shut done some of the operations of a steel mill, defeated the expansion of the freeway through our community, built community gardens and worked with each other to alleviate asthma triggers in our homes through utilizing a program designed by the American Lung association.
6. I Sift Sand
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.