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Focus on Resource Conservation

The purpose of GFWC’s Resource Conservation Program is to educate and enhance member’s awareness of the importance of managing and preserving the earth’s natural resources and to urge and stimulate citizen action in addressing these concerns.


“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot. Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” –Dr. Seuss, The Lorax. 


Have you seen it yet? All over the news we see and hear the trends that have developed to urge us to be a greener society.  It seems individuals make changes in lifestyle to reflect the knowledge they gathered from available sources.  In a perfect world that individual would have a vision to include GFWC state organizations and their own club in their actions to change.


For example: maybe you have seen the award winning movie, An Inconvenient Truth at home or in a theater.  You make changes in your life because the film moved you to action.  But why not attend a gathering of people who are viewing the film together, discuss it, develop a plan, and act on it? Are you making a larger impact?  You could be the facilitator to plan a gathering like this as a clubwoman.  I want to read about your movie nights in your reports this spring!


Another film, a little lighter, for the young at heart with an environmental undertone is Wall-e, a 2008 computer animated science fiction film by Pixar Animation Studios.  This film is a great way to engage young people when trying to generate support for a conservation project! 


Speaking of kids, check out, Planet Protectors Club for Kids at the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, www.EPA.gov.   Their mission is to improve the world around them by making less trash! 


Adopt a classroom program using the National Association for Humane and Environmental Education. Visit their website for the details at www.HumaneSocietyYouth.org/Adopt_a_Classroom/.  Thousands of Kind News Newspapers are distributed to teachers in schools with our help.  Perhaps your club can pick a grade level and buy Kind News for these students.  Kids learn to be kind to the land, one another, animals, and ultimately the world.  There is a guide written for your club with directions on how to become involved with this project.


As I write this the GFWC-NJ Resource Conservation Chairman is planning a workshop on composting.  Visit www.EPA.gov/Waste/Conserve/rrr/Composting/Index.htm and VegWeb.com/Composting/ for information on how to compost.  Your local County Conservation Office may have free help for you! The best part is that you are recycling your waste and making new soil for your garden.


A few weeks ago I attended a Green Drinks Meeting with two fellow clubwomen interested in finding out what is happening on the local front in resource conservation.  Every month people who work in the environmental field meet up for informal sessions know as Green Drinks.  They have people from NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations), academia, government and business.  It’s a great way of making new contacts.  Use this opportunity to recruit new members!  Bring some GFWC tri-folds and business cards.  Everyone brings a guest so there is always a new crowd. 


The public affairs can be an aspect of your clubs efforts in Resource Conservation.  Ask your town or city manager if you have LED (Light Emitting Diodes) in your trafficking lights.  These lamps use 80-90% less energy and are certified with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Program.  They can last 3-4 times longer than other lamps this can save some of your tax dollars. 


Speaking of lights, are you using Compact Fluorescent Lamps and light bulbs? They will save you energy but be sure to dispose of them properly.  Look for stores that offer a disposal program when they eventually burn out.  These bulbs contain a small amount of Mercury, which is harmful to the environment.


Has your governor signed an executive order to mandate efficient measures for state agencies? If not, why not?


A date to remember is November 15th, because it is America Recycles Day. Please visit their website and the National Recycling Coalition to see what you can do!


“For 200 years we’ve been conquering nature. Now we’re beating it to death.”—Tom McMillan.


No matter what you do in the Resource Conservation Program remember to report all your activities!


GFWC Beautification Chairman Patricia Heepe, (L), GFWC Reource Conservation Chairman Carol Waters, (R), and Wendy Kellog PhD, (Middle) Professor Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University gave a presention,"Is it Easy Being Green?" at the 2009 GFWC Annual International Convention in Cleveland. 

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