Changing the World

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

A or B    Which choice is the earth friendly choice?

Small groups of citizens across Mobile County are taking responsibility for their communities by forming teams to make their neighborhoods greener, cleaner and more beautiful places to live.  They are verifying Ms. Mead’s statement,  by changing the world, one neighborhood at a time.   The  Love Your Community program, a collaborative effort of County Commissioner, Connie Hudson and Keep Mobile Beautiful, Inc.,  can help groups start improving their neighborhoods by providing tools and supplies for cleanup activities.  Click on the link below to get started.

Love Your Community  

 

The generosity of the Gulf Coast  Resource and Conservation Development Council,  has provided grant funding to allow the six sets of  illustrations demonstrating individual choices that make our  community a greener, cleaner and more beautiful  place to live,  to be made into posters for use in Mobile County school and community presentations.  Learn more about the contributions the Gulf Coast RC&D makes to the South Alabama gulf coast region at  the following link.   GCRC&D

Waste

“I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.” —Mother Teresa

 

A or B  

Which choice are you making?  

 

A Zero Waste Nation


Why do we send valuable items like aluminium and food waste to landfill when we can turn them into new cans and renewable energy? Why use more resources than we need to in manufacturing? We must now work together to build a zero waste nation – where we reduce the resources we use, reuse and recycle all that we can and only landfill things that have absolutely no other use
Hilary Benn

While our ancestors were familiar with the “waste not, want not” ethic, the concept of zero waste is something that current generations must learn how to put into practice. “Dirt under the fingernails” gardeners are already at the head of the class – reuse and recycle are part of the daily gardening routine, with composting, keeping the weeds at bay with cardboard and layers of newspaper, and reusing all sorts of containers for seeds and cuttings common examples. Quirky and creative green thumbs rise to the challenge of putting odd containers to use. The above picture demonstrates how a can of spray paint and a graceful skirt provided by an asparagus fern and volunteer sweet potato vine can transform a leaky swimming pool sand filter into a handsome garden urn.

The United States makes up only 5% of the world’s population, but produces 30% of the world’s waste. Refer to the following sites to learn more about personal ways to build a zero waste nation. Some day, your grandchildren will appreciate your efforts.

10 Ways to Adopt a Zero Waste Life Style This Earth Day

Zero waste -Wikipedia