Conservation means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. To some, it means clean water and fresh air, to others, more designated wilderness areas or state parks. Others still think of conservation in terms of green technology and consumer products, reusing and recycling.

The great thing about conservation is that it inspires passionate ideas in all of us, and if just some of us turn that passion into action, we can make a difference. All it takes is a little time and motivation. The hardest part is always the start.

Recycling your papers and plastics saves forests and reduces the need for new petroleum products. Compost from organic waste can be used on your own garden or donated to a local garden co-op. purchasing green products shows corporations both large and small that we want products that have less of an impact on the environment. Everyone has the ability to reduce pollution by taking the bike once in a while or even walking to work. This is good for the environment, but it's great for your health as well.

I can petition to my government at any level for the creation of protected spaces, and volunteering can be a great way to show your support. Be informed; know where your local politicians stand on water and land rights, mineral rights and land conservation. Encourage your politicians by voting with your conscience.

Being green is good for you, and good for the environment. It's time to put your money where your mouth is. Don't just talk about conservation, do something!

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