The web group I belong to, Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation, has a new donation drive going in honor of “Earth Day.” I like it! I get to support two causes that I support anyway!
There is a group on the rez called Re-Member. It is a group of volunteers who do two things. They build bunk beds for kids who have NO BEDS. (Really, a mat or mattress on the floor.) They also help elders and others with necessary home repairs when they can. They tend to have a lot of outside volunteers (church groups, for example) who go to the rez for a week or so in the summer to help out.
Spring is spring cleaning time for a lot of us. It’s a busy time for Re-Member, too. The Friends of Pine Ridge will be donating as many compact fluorescent bulbs as we can, so Re-Member can change the homes they visit over to the new bulbs. That will save the residents money and help the environment. It’s a WIN-WIN situation. For more info on the drive, check out: http://friendsofpineridgereservation.org/blog for 4/21/08. For more info on the Re-member group itself, go to http://friendsofpineridgereservation.org/re-member.shtml .
The rez has also begun a big project to clean up the old landfills that exist across the huge area of the reservation. There was a good article about that project in the Rapid City Journal this morning. You can read it here: http://rapidcityjournal.com/articles/2008/04/23/news/top/doc480d3bbad2fa6485453291.txt
It makes so much sense for a people who are so in touch with the land to do what they can do to keep the earth in good running order.
It makes sense for the rest of us, too. No earth, no place to live. It’s pretty simple. It’s good to see so much awareness around “Earth Day” but it would be even better if we could all keep it in mind every day. There are so many little things we can do to be part of the solution: change those light bulbs, be aware of how much water we use/waste, use more natural fibers and products, shut off lights and electrical items when you aren’t using them.
If you aren’t into saving the planet for future generations, then do it because you’d rather have your money stay in your own pocket.