Across the Nation, climatic shifts occur. Challenging, all to enable eco sustainable urban suburban landscapes. While historically, earth-friendly strategies are defined in terms of reduce, reuse and recycle, landscapes that reflect a perspective of CARE - conservation, accountability, recovery and eco-efficiency - take this definition a step further. Eco-sustainable spaces are not simply a result of lifestyle choices but reflect how we feel about the environment. While keeping it simple (as in simple living) is the name of the game, there is a more important underlying factor – a commitment to ultimate greening: providing for the present-day needs of communities without sacrificing their future.
So, to encourage the use of green scaping concepts, eco advocacy should first place emphasis on phased implementation of the ‘R’ philosophy: reduce, renew, reuse and recycle; specifically, advocating ‘put green’ back into the urban/suburban communities by nurturing existing and/or replacement of ‘living green’. Then, ‘purchase’ - buy-local; but after experiencing record-breaking urban/suburban pollution which rode on the flood water of 21st century storms, the focus should be the ‘people factor’. For, if eco-healthy urban suburban landscapes are to exist, we must become people who CARE – have a perspective of conservation, advocacy, recovery and eco-efficiency.
As people who 'dig in the dirt', we do have an opportunity to influence others. If you have the expertise, share your skills through hosting public workshops. And, if not, identify and attend eco workshops designed to educate the concepts of CARE. For details, link to web site TheWrightScoop. As recipient of the Turning America from Eco-weak to Eco-chic Award and founder of the Plants of CARE program, I challenge all - in honor of the month of February as 'plant seeds of greatness' - to CARE: enable eco sustainable urban suburban landscapes.
Side-bar: Landscape/Garden Design for the Hands-on-Homeowner -
course # 054, Feb 26th -Mar 19th 2013 – Tuesday 6:30-9:00 p.m., register with http://www.henricoadulteducation.com/, held Hermitage High School, text optional: Eco-weak to Eco-chic: landscape green available at Sylvia’s Book Store Front - http://stores.lulu.com/syhwright