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Care of the earth and its results is focus of recent meetings

- Did you know that each small thing, even if it looks like a weed or a creepy crawler, lives for a reason to help the earth support her residents?

- Do you think about how happy disease-carrying mosquitoes are to discover garbage on the sides of the road holding pockets of moisture for their breeding pleasure?

- Are you aware that Caterpillars, pound for pound, have more protein than beef?

- Did you know that more shade trees help curb the need to use air conditioning that, when combined with sunlight, damages our breathing?

By Linda Waggener

Things are coming full circle as we think about why Earth Day, April 22, 2017 is meaningful, and how each of us is going to respond to the needs it represents.

Even as our government declares we don't need environmental protections, more and more individual citizens are paying attention to the facts -- our climate is hotter, dryer, more prone to storms, and by degrees less friendly to plants, animals and humans. There may never have been a time when it is more important for each of us to think globally but act locally, with immediacy.

Hearing from three areas -- the Blair Park ecology presentation, the county's new Solid Waste Advisory committee plans and the county WATCH Health Coalition activities -- insight is provided on why we need to make changes in our behavior. Each of these areas comes together in at least one way -- helping our Mother Earth helps our family's health.

Most recently at Blair Park "Native plants growing at Blair Park, and why it is important to Protect Them" was presented by Columbia Botanist and Blair Park Board Member Alicia Bosela.

She shared her knowledge about the plants and ecology within the 12-acre (m/l) park. She encouraged all leaders of the city and county and all citizens to nurture the natural heritage of the park for health as well as for the environment.

She presented that in each small area, even if it looks like a weed or a creepy crawler, it has a reason it helps the earth support her people. Why love some species that typically get no respect? As a for instance, she asked if the group was aware that Caterpillars, pound for pound, have more protein than beef? Interesting news? She asked if the group had awareness that more shade trees would help curb the need to use air conditioning that, combined with sunlight, damages breathing? She said when her family first came here, she thought this environment was so much healthier than any of the large cities she'd ever lived in and she is thankful to be able to live and work here.

I share her thankfulness to live in rural Kentucky and look forward to learning more and helping to spread the word.

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This story was posted on 2017-04-12 10:43:41
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