Make John Muir proud

If you love the outdoors, and maybe even if you don’t… I’m sure you have heard of the Scottish-American preservationist: John Muir. If you don’t know about him, I hope you’ll take some time to read his work or even just do a quick search on him. He was incredible. He also helped create an organization that is still thriving today.

God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.

John Muir
Muir Way road sign sticks out of dried grounds in a remote location of Yosemite National Park; yellow and green trees in the background. Fall 2018

I actually only just found out he was associated with my favorite organization as I was writing this, truly. I have always loved his work, theories, and outlook on life. And of all the organizations I expose myself to I have found the email I open and the site I go to most is The Sierra Club. I follow them on IG, receive their newsletter and call-to-action emails, and like I said above, I frequent their site.
I also have written to my state on several issues- Sierra Club provides the links needed and you can either send the generic generated email they have set up or you can go a step further and personalize it. I typically add my own personal message, I’m passionate about the issues I am called to act on.

Maybe you’re at a loss for words or don’t have time- so just click the link, auto-fill the blanks, and click send!

I also find local events on their site: some are volunteer events, learning events, annual meetings… hikes, etc. Today, I have a webinar on banning plastic- I’ll be watching delegates speaking on the bill and have the option to ask my own questions.
It’s important to make these small efforts because they can grow into HUGE impactful movements and changes. Other states and some of our counties already charge for bags to incentivise shoppers to bring reusable bags and cut back on waste. Seven states and nearly 500 localities in the US have enacted bag laws. San Jose, for example, has seen their use of reusable bags increase from 3% to 46% and thus 76% less plastic bag waste in waterways.

If your bathtub was overflowing, you wouldn’t immediately reach for a mop – You’d first turn off the tap.

That’s what we need to do with single-use plastics.

Observation Point landscape shot right at the start of sunset.

It’s time for Maryland to ban single-use plastic bags and incentivize reusable bags statewide! If you want to send a message to the state of Maryland click here. If you are not in Maryland, check the Sierra Club website to find your state or local region to see how you can get involved in sustainability.

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