Tag Archives: Stewardship

Stewardship, Conservation And You

Stewardship, Conservation,  Nature and YOU

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle

2016/06/30

Let us all join hands and try to make a difference

Sunrise
Sunrise

(We can divide the value that our Land have for us into three general categories: economic, ecological, and social.)

invasive plant, insect, and disease species, the need to sequester carbon, development, and so on. The need in our province for forest stewardship—wise care of and considerate use—is pressing.

Invasive
Invasive

Recycling and reusing aren’t just for hippies and environmentalists nor is it redundant .The message is that good stewardship is an agenda we can all get behind. Small changes can make a difference at a time when our planet needs a hand.

The planet needs our hand SUMMER Solstice
The planet needs our hand SUMMER Solstice

 

Humans haven’t always taken good care of Mother Nature. In the past 50 years, we’ve consumed more natural resources than in all previous history combined, according to my  Sources.

Between 1905 and 2005, global oil consumption grew eightfold, production of metals increased by 600 percent, and natural resource extraction grew by 50 percent. Today, more than 100 billion pieces of junk mail get delivered in the U.S. alone — that’s about 848 pieces per household.

WASTE
WASTE

 

Because of the burning of fossil fuels, there is now more carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere than at any other time in the last 800,000 years, according to most scientists. Increased carbon has been the driving force behind global warming, which affects nearly every ecosystem, large and small.

Fossil Fuels and YOU
Fossil Fuels and YOU

Scientists say it’s time we cleaned up our act. What better way to make a positive change . Here are 14 ways to commemorate the Earth, because Mother Nature deserves some appreciation.

1. Start a pledge board at work or at school. Use a whiteboard or provide a pad of Post-its for people to record their environmental pledges for the year. Ask friends and co-workers to make small changes — “I won’t leave the water running while I brush my teeth,” or “I will turn the lights off when I leave a room” — and then to post those pledges for all to see. Working together boosts accountability!

Accountability
Accountability

2. Attend an Earth Day fair. You’ll get the chance to test environmentally friendly products, eat locally grown food and chat with people who are making a difference when it comes to the environment.

Clean Environment
Clean Environment

 

3. Get plugged into a group. Joining an environmental group is one of the best ways to get involved in the global cleanup effort. Make a donation, put in some volunteer hours, or simply learn about the environment.

Just do it
Just do it

4. Make a recycling plan. Know what you can and cannot recycle, and start separating out those cans and bottles, Bags, plastics, paper!

Put Recycle by the curb
Put Recycle by the curb

 

5. Fix those leaky faucets. Drip, drip, DROP. You’ve put off repairing that leaky faucet project for some time now. Make a beeline for the hardware store! Only 1 percent of Earth’s water is drinkable, and our supply is slowly running out. Any should prompt you to stop wasting water and fix those leaks.

Drip Drop
Drip Drop
Leaky Faucets
Leaky Faucets

6. Plant a tree. Simple. Effective. Easy.  or Grow a Garden see #11

Plant Trees
Plant Trees

 

7. Give up bottled water. Bottled water consumes huge amounts of fossil fuels to produce and transport, and most of those recyclable water bottles end up in landfills. Get yourself a refillable and permanent water bottle to carry with you. You’ll save money on the cost of all those water bottles, too!

Bottled Water
Bottled Water

8. Start buying local. Locally grown food is easier on the environment. You’re also supporting local farmers, and they’ll thank you for it!

Buy Locally
Buy Locally

9. Go paperless. Bills come in many forms — mostly on paper. But many bill-paying services offer an option to pay online. Make a point to go paperless.

Go Paperless
Go Paperless

10. Make a birdhouse. Birdhouses can be installed around schoolyards or even sold to raise money at an environmental fundraiser.

Make a Birdhouse Jump for Joy
Make a Birdhouse Jump for Joy

11. Make a play garden. This is a space for kids to get their hands dirty. You can help them plant various flowers, vegetables and more. They’ll love watching them grow and tasting the fruits of their labour.

Grow a Garden
Grow a Garden

12. Write a letter to your local representative. Reaching out to elected officials and voicing your concerns over local environmental issues is one of the best ways to have your voice heard.

Let your voice be heard
Let your voice be heard

13. Organize a community cleanup. Get a group together to clean up your local park, schoolyard or beach.

Clean up after
Clean up after

14. Walk or take  Public Transportation to school. It keeps you out of the car, and it’s great exercise!

Go for walks
Go for walks

Sources:

Wikipedia,Forest Stewardship, International business and times

Thanking you all in advance

Graceful Cleaning
Graceful Cleaning

Sincerely

Yours

Conversationalist, Steward, Photographer,

Doug Worrall

DW Photography

London Ontario, Canada

Important Reasons To Volunteer Your Time

Important Reasons To Volunteer Your Time

Friday August 12 2011

Beautiful day

“As site coorinator and photographer I really don,t have the time to Volunteer, but, I make that time because it helps me just as much as it helps others.  Volunteering helps you in many ways, mine, my health and well being need the added bonus of helping those in need. If I did not Volunteer I would not have the energy to take imagery. I hope you enjoy what I took today after riding along the harbourfront trail  picking up garbage, mostly trash from fisherman. Fishing line with hooks etc… “A Bag A Day”. Stewardship is needed in society and we really do own the land we walk on so we treat it as our home, or we should……………………………”

Harbour in August

Doug Worrall

For many, volunteering is an important part of life. Helping those less fortunate can be a very rewarding experience. But, the decision to become involved should not be taken lightly. You are making a commitment of your time and energy. Do any of these 5 reasons strike a chord with you.

Seeds from Cootes Paradise

 

Whatever You Have To Give Is Needed

Don’t think that your life didn’t prepare you to help anyone else. Every one of us knows something that can benefit another. Can you read a book or add numbers in a checkbook? Then you can tutor a youngster in reading or math. Can you file papers or work a computer? Local organizations or your local library would welcome you warmly. Can you patch a drywall or fix a plumbing leak? Habitat for Humanity needs you today. Feed or play with dogs at the pound. Visit the elderly at a nursing care center. The needs in your community are endless. You can contribute something.

Juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron

 

Try Something Different.

If you spent your days in an office, volunteer to help clean up a park or historical site. If you spent all your time working with tools and lumber, develop your people skills at the Red Cross. Volunteering is a perfect opportunity to uncover abilities you didn’t know you have. Give of yourself in a new way.

Shaking the Cobwebs out

Connect with People In Your Community.

Too many of us are tempted to spend our days sitting at home. Volunteering gets you out of your easy chair and back into life. You’ll meet new people, some of whom you might really like. You might develop an entirely new group of friends. If your spouse needs some private time, by leaving the house you’ll be making your home life better, too.

Great Blue Heron August

Appreciate What You Have.

It is very easy to complain about our lot in life: not enough money, health costs, car repairs. We all need a reminder from time to time that we take much of what we have for granted. Helping anyone who is less fortunate quickly lets you know you have it good. Your life begins to look much better.

Great Blue Heron

Feel Good

Helping others is important to them. You’ll make someone’s life a bit easier or more joyful. At the same time, you will feel good about yourself. Nothing beats seeing the smile on a child’s face when she finally solves the homework problem. Few things are as heartwarming as that hug from a lonely person at the Senior Center. There is absolutely nothing wrong with feeling good when you help others. In fact, that is one way you know you what are doing matters.

Windy Day

 

You get to build community and bring people together, especially in some professional communities around Hamilton that have become fractured over the years.    The sense of personal achievement with this is just fantastic. Finally you know with the hard work comes a lot of fun, good times, laugher, and often a real sense of comradeship, their isn’t any cliqueness that people often speak of.   Just a gratefulness that you are willing to help, and donate your time.

 

By Doug Worrall

 

Doug Worrall Photographer