Spring is here. Eden has returned. The voice of the turtle is heard again in the land on the surface, anyway. The Big Picture includes global warming and dwindling clean water and fossil fuels, with environmental rape, depletion and looting increasingly the worldwide norm. What's a Mother to do?
Colorado College, Student
Name something environmentally positive that happened this past year. A group of student environmentalists traveled all over the country on a bus, The Big Green Bus, that ran purely on restaurant greases, oils and wastes.
What's the most significant environmental issue today? Too much trash, and nothing to do about it but keep piling it up.
Name something environmentally conscious you did this year. I work with a group of students to promote fair-trade coffee. Fair trade also promotes environmentally sustainable farming practices.
On a scale of 1 to 10, rate Colorado Springs as an environmentally conscious city. I'd give it a 4, because of all the urban sprawl and the need to use cars to get everywhere.
What's happened in the past year that's environmentally positive? Dwindling oil is forcing us to look at alternative energy options that will also reduce pollution and global warming. Even a few religious right groups have acknowledged global warming and the need to address it.
How about environmentally negative? I recently read a story about huge chicken-growing factories that pollute and destroy entire areas because the amount of chicken feces is too massive to dispose of safely.
What's our biggest environmental issue today? Too much urban sprawl and uncontrolled growth for our water resources.
Rate Colorado Springs on a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of environmental consciousness. I'd say 5 or 6, but this is a bigger town than other places I've lived.
Are there any positive environmental trends? There's increasing awareness of the greenhouse thing, and rising gas prices are forcing people to address energy issues, even if their concern is more bottom-line than nature, per se. I'm seeing a lot more about environmental coverage on the news.
What's going on that's negative? I'm seeing a lot more trash along the side of the road in Enid than formerly.
Rate Colorado Springs in environmental awareness. Probably a 7 or 8, maybe even a 9. This town does a relatively good job of taking care of the area.
What's the key environmental issue these days? b> Maintaining open space, preserving areas where we can enjoy nature and God's creation.