Growing Solutions Restoration Education Institute


2017 Update From Don and Karen

Hello Growing Solutions friends and supporters.

As we approach our 20-year anniversary we can’t help but feel assaulted by the current political maneuvering coming out of Washington D.C.  Effective environmental protection laws put in place decades ago are being diluted through poor leadership and intentional de-funding. President Trump has unilaterally pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord, putting our country at odds with the rest of the developed world in trying to address the very real concerns of accelerating climate change due to human activities and industry.

We have concluded that D.C. has so insulated themselves from reality they have forgotten we as humans are a part of the ecosystem not separate from it. A favorite sign we saw while marching in DC last April was “If you think the environment is less important than the economy try holding your breath while you count your money”. 

Bottom line, our national policies are not reflecting our needs or values as planetary citizens and stewards. And the young people we work with know it. They are invested in living lighter on the earth, contributing to a healthier planet, either through scientific field work, organic food production, biking instead of driving, not purchasing more than they need…conscious efforts to avoid apathy and blind consumerism. How do we make these critical choices a priority with the present administration that seems callously intent on bankrupting our ecological treasury to enrich themselves at the expense of the rest of the planet?

To show solidarity with our research associates, we went to the nation’s capital in April to be part of the March For Science. Along with our friends and colleagues from the Smithsonian and other institutions, we marched in the rain with 100,000 fellow citizen-scientists. It was an uplifting and empowering experience. There are times when the people need to lead as the so-called leaders are not able to do it.

We are encouraged by goals and accomplishments of our students. Our goal is to keep pushing forward, turning crisis into opportunity, putting our values into action helping the next generation to value and restore healthy habitats.

It's time to go solar, plant a garden, get involved and raise some hell.

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