|Most of us are not so perfect.|
Except me, of course. ;-)
If you enjoy following us on Facebook/Twitter or reading our blog and you aren't already a bona fide member of F.N.P.S., please consider joining. Membership dues are used to protect Florida's native plant heritage, are as low as $15/yr for students and $35/yr for one person, and - bonus - if you join today you can deduct them from your 2013 taxes.
|Many hands lighten the load for all!|
Contact your local F.N.P.S. chapter to find out if/when they'll be having environmental cleanup or restoration activities you can participate in. Be sure to bring along family or friends to help share in the work! There are also plenty of Committees that need volunteers, so don't be shy! None of us bite too hard.
Make your voice heard on at least one environmental issue this year. Perhaps there's a parcel of Florida Forever land en route to the auction block that you know is ecologically valuable. Or maybe your heart hurts as you watch the eutrophication of our once crystal clear springs. Make a habit of checking F.N.P.S. action alerts to learn about current issues of concern. Let your local congressional representative know your point of view! You are their eyes and ears on the street.
|Three Sisters Springs provides a warm|
refuge for Florida's endangered manatee.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service maintains a National Wildlife Refuge System that includes more than 30 protected areas throughout Florida where you can learn firsthand about individual species of threatened or endangered plants and animals. Set your sights on going to at least one before the oppressive summer heat rears its head, and another one before year's end.
Demanding schedules - for both adults and kids - have made relaxing and enjoying the outdoors a challenge. At the same time, these are proven to be the very activities that enable us to think more clearly and perform better at work and in school. Plan a day trip to a state park in your area. Fortunately, Florida has 169 state parks and 9 state trails to choose from.
Alexander Pope said that, "a little learning is a dangerous thing." Expand your knowledge of native plants, ecology, and much more by attending the 2014 F.N.P.S. Annual Conference, which will be held in May at Florida Gulf Coast University (referred to as "Florida's Environmental University") in Naples. There will be enough information presented at this event to fill up a notebook with - trust me. I took about 50 pages of notes at both the 2012 Conference in Plant City and the 2013 Conference in Jacksonville if that's any indication of anything. It may just be a sign that I secretly want to go back to school.
Bottles and Bags, people. Sheesh! Kick the bottled water habit with an at-home filtering pitcher and a reusable bottle to pare down on the 1.5 million barrels of oil used to make plastic water bottles each year. Money talks, right? Check out this study of how much cash you can save each year by not buying bottled water at the grocery. Did you know that one million plastic bags end up in the trash every minute? Keep a reusable shopping bag or two in your car or have one that folds up tucked into your purse. They're cheap, have a large capacity, and are infinitely sturdier than their thin plastic counterparts! Florida's future residents would thank you if they could bounce backwards in time, then quickly go forward to when they originally came from.
Easy? Check! Rewarding? Check! Just do it. Period.
Wishing you all a safe, happy, healthy, and GREEN new year!
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