In my position as west metro community coordinator for Conservation Minnesota I’m often asked about what sort of practical steps an ordinary citizen can take to help preserve the Minnesota we all know and love. It seems like a pretty simple question at first, but unfortunately, it’s one that has a lot of answers and at times can seem a bit overwhelming.
There are plenty of things we as individuals can do to work to conserve our natural environment. We can recycle, meet with your legislators, turn off lights, or attend a community forum on adding community solar. But is all of this enough?
Luckily, this past Earth Day I was able to take part in a great community event that also happened to help the environment.
Along with Three Rivers Park District, I helped to organize and then attend a community clean up at the newly opened Three Rivers Park visitor’s center located at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.
Sometimes conservation issues can seem a bit overwhelming, but by working together we can have a major impact when it comes to protecting the Minnesota we love. This was true this past Earth Day and it is true with larger endeavors as well. In fact, working together is probably the only way we can be sure that we are doing enough.