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Conservation Minute – February 2020

Both the Federated and the Garden Club of America have been focusing more and more on conservation concerns and urging local clubs to be mindful of these concerns as we live our day-to-day lives and grow and maintain our gardens. Their goal is to expand environmental awareness throughout their ranks. Recent issues of GCA’s magazine, The Bulletin, have noted the need to eliminate disposable, plastic bags; reduce phantom power usage by unplugging appliances and devices when not in use; and the importance of trees.

Last September, GCA held a week-long Conservation Study Conference where the focus was on issues that are the same as those we deal with in the Chesapeake Bay region: environmental concerns, sustainability, effects of water quality, and health related issues.

In short, Federated and GCA’s concerns are our concerns. Therefore, we will also be focusing more on the issues of conservation, at each of our General meetings with a ‘Conservation Minute.’

 

Exactly what is conservation?

It is essentially protecting and managing natural resources.

As climate change is becoming more of a global as well as local reality with monthly new high temperature averages, extremes of drought spurring wild fires, record rainfalls inundating and flooding areas, and more frequent rising tides flooding low areas, we cannot ignore its effects.

As we come to terms with the effects of climate change, Conservation is the act of putting the best interests of our environment at the center of our actions: what we purchase (organic, biodegradable), what we throw out vs. recycling and reusing, what cleaning products we use, what we use in our gardens as herbicides and pesticides, and what we plant – native vs non-native.

This first Conservation Minute, defining conservation and giving just this short list of ‘Whats’, is an introduction to future conservation minutes which will hopefully help each of us be mindful of what we do and our impact on our environment.

Until our next Conservation Minute. . .

Lin Moeller, Conservation Committee