The natural environment is under tremendous assault from pollution, urban sprawl and climate
change to name a few. I have been committed to protecting and preserving the environment for many years. I grow
native plants, teach people about them and design native plant gardens.
What can you do to help the environment?
a fuel efficient car Cars are a big contributor of carbon emissions leading to global warming.
- Replace all of your lightbulbs with compact fluorescent
lights (CFL) If we all did this more than 90 coal or oil burning powerplants could be closed in
the United States. Why is this important? Follow the link to read about mountaintop mining to
supply coal for electricity http://www.mountainjusticesummer.org/facts/steps.php
- Turn things off small appliances left plugged in
use energy, as do computers and televisions-even when turned off. Use power strips with switches and really turn off these
appliances when not using them.
- Get rid of as much of your lawn as you
can The fertilizers and pesticides used on lawns are made from petroleum. Your lawnmower in one hour
produces more pollution than driving your car several hundred miles simply because small engines have no pollution controls.
All of these things will add up if we all do them!