One of the best backyard stewards we know, Thom Pence
The San Juan Preservation Trust planned to go big in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day this year, and although we canceled our two beach clean-up events, we are more charged than ever to help build a digital community movement revolving around individual responsibility and dedication to the health of our planet. We are taking Earth Day and raising it to Earth Month by asking you to join us, along with the Stewardship Network and our other community organizations, in committing to make an #EarthMonthPledge.
Pledge to practice an earth-friendly act for the month of April. You could…
- Pledge to spend time identifying birds and plants in your backyard (in “Just a Minute”, we introduce iNaturalist and Merlin Bird ID to help you in this pursuit).
- Become a backyard habitat steward or “steward in place” (in “Just a Minute” see how we assist our backyard natives).
- Commit to bringing a trash bag on your walks to clean up your neighborhood or Preserves.
- Commit to consolidating your trips to the grocery store.
- Pledge to conserve more water.
- Pledge to shop locally or join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).
- Strengthen your resiliency by starting a garden or a composting method.
- Pledge to advocate for sustainability.
The San Juan Preservation Trust staff pledges to care for our native plants and wildlife by “stewarding in place”. We encourage you to join us by connecting with your backyard habitat through removing invasive plant species, planting native plants, building a native bee or bird house, etc.
Do you want to take this pledge with us? Do you have a pledge of your own? Send us your pledge and a picture of you acting out your pledge by e-mailing Sierra here. Or, post a picture that represents your pledge on social media by tagging us (@sanjuanpreservationtrust) with the hashtag: #EarthMonthPledge! This way we can compile all of your earth-friendly actions to show you proof of how strong and supportive our community is.
In this time when many of us are at home and dealing with a lot of overwhelming news, it is important to remember the strength that we have both individually and collectively. Take this time to not only care for yourself and others, but also commit to caring for the planet. Caring for our earth is truly an act of self-care!
“WILL YOU JOIN THIS GLOBAL MOVEMENT AS WE BUILD TOWARD THE NEXT HALF CENTURY OF ACTION FOR OUR PLANET?” -earthday.org
Cheers to good heath and care for the planet!