Letter from the Publisher April 2017
Apr 01, 2017 01:10AM
Springtime is in full bloom here in our tropical paradise, and it’s an exciting month for all of us nature lovers and wellness enthusiasts! April 22 is Earth Day, so in honor of this upcoming event, Natural Awakenings is bringing you up-to-date on the newest trends in eco-consciousness, sustainability and green conservations efforts––both right here in our community and beyond. This issue is packed with information to help you become a more aware, engaged and active participant in making our world a healthier place for years to come!
First, be sure to check out this month’s feature article on “Regional Shifts to Eco-Yards” which explains replacing the invasive foliage in your lawn with native grasses, groundcovers and edible plants is a safer shift for both people and the environment. This article also offers suggestions on how to conserve the water and energy usage in your lawn-care practices, so you can create an inspiring landscape oasis, while reducing your carbon footprint.
Next, our “Green Living” column is breaking down the sustainable advancements being made in technology, from residential construction products to household devices to maintenance services. The eco-tech industry has spearheaded positive changes in how products are manufactured, giving rise to an upsurge in green businesses, entrepreneurs and retailers. This is a huge step forward in our industrialized society, and we’re thrilled to shed light on this achievement.
Another important factor in keeping our planet safe is getting the future generations involved, and this month’s “Healthy Kids” feature is all about ocean education. By encouraging your children or grandchildren to help protect our marine ecosystems, they’ll learn how to take an active role in water clean-up and habitat preservation. This will spark an early interest in caring for nature that will continue for a lifetime. Not to mention, it’s a proven family-bonding activity!
Finally, we hope you’ll participate in the green initiatives taking place right here on the Suncoast like the twenty-eighth annual Earth Day Festival at Oscar Scherer State Park. From volunteer opportunities to wellness demonstrations to nature explorations and more, it’s an event you don’t want to miss. The festival is happening on April 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., so mark your calendars now! As always, I hope you find this issue both insightful and enjoyable, and feel free to send any questions or comments to [email protected]