A long time ago, a co-worker told gave me a nugget of advice in the form of a joke that I've never forgotten.
Q: How do you eat an elephant?
A: One bite at a time.
In the big picture, we are in a losing battle with the environment. The talking heads in Washington and in the media would make you think the crisis will happen tomorrow, and that you'd better plunk down $30k on a Prius right now or you'll be castrated.
But what if we looked at the big picture, and instead of trying to solve the big "elephant" problem today, we started changing little "bites" of our everyday lives to do right by the environment.
Anthony Williams is taking little bites.
He is the superintendent at my favorite golf course: the 36-hole layout at Stone Mountain Golf Club in Atlanta.
Golf Digest and the Golf Course Superintendents Assoc. of America recently awarded him as the 2006 National Environmental Leader in Golf.
On every hole, I've always noticed his bluebird houses...most of them with painted roofs that are logos of college teams. Seeing these bird houses inspired me to put up a bluebird house in my backyard last year.
I put up 1 that housed one bluebird family last year...he's put up 39 that produced 238 bluebirds, 10 nuthatches, and 12 Carolina chickadee...
...well, he does have a bigger backyard.
Thanks for reading. Keep it in the short-grass,
PS: If we all took little bites like Anthony, we would all be contributors to saving the environment. Here's a couple more ways:
1)Buy a travel mug and use it when you go to Starbucks. Not only will you save the landfill from one more paper cup...they will give you a ten cent discount off your coffee!
2)Pack your lunch for work. Not only will you save gas from driving to, and waiting in line at the local fast-food stop, but you won't have the bag and other paper waste to throw in the trash can...which goes into a landfill.
Happy Earth Day!