A new year has begun and once again we commit ourselves to new resolutions, most of which are personal such as weight control, saving more money, or trying to accomplish what we promised to do in 2009. But how often do we include the environment or make a commitment to conserve our natural resources in our annual resolutions? In 2010, let us make a promise to participate or to engage in more eco-friendly endeavors.
For example, there are numerous environmental groups in Alabama's Gulf Coast region that are responsible for assessing needs, empowering and connecting communities, monitoring environmental conditions, and restoring land and wildlife habitat. These Gulf Coast conservation groups help to protect the Mobile Bay, surrounding rivers, and the wildlife that inhabit this region. However, there are similar organizations in Alabama that have comparable agendas based on their geographic terrain and purpose.
Another option is to observe environmental global events in your community such as World Water Monitoring Day, World Environment Day, Arbor Day, or World Water Day just to name a few. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System's Saving Town through Asset Revitalization is a program devoted to new and exciting environmental programs as the need arises, which includes the Urban Natural Resources Fair that began in 2009.
For more information on how you can be
a part of these events and other activities, please contact Urban
Regional Extension Agent Michael McIntyre at 251-259-1265 or
By Michael McIntyre