Environmental Stewardship

Environmental Stewardship can take on many definitions and meanings for individuals and organizations.

Aldo Leopold, author of Sand County Almanac defines stewardship, “In short, a land ethic changes the role of Homo sapiens from conqueror of the land-community to plain member and citizen of it. It implies respect for all his fellow-members, and also respect for the community as such.”

The Environmental Protection Agency defines stewardship, “Environmental stewardship is the responsibility for the environmental quality shared by all those whose actions affect the environment, reflected as both a value and a practice by individuals, companies, communities, and government organizations. Positive stewardship behavior demonstrates acceptance of this responsibility through the continuous improvement of environmental performance to achieve measurable results and sustainable outcomes.”

In today’s world most of our youth are disconnected from the natural world. Video games, MP3 players and computers take up most of their time. According to the No Child Left Inside Coalition, children ages 6 to 11 spend 30 hours a week looking at a TV or computer monitor. Experts across disciplines are beginning to correlate the lack of children spending time in nature to childhood obesity, attention deficit disorders and depression. The fact remains, that if we do not begin engaging our youth in stewardship education and activities they will lack the knowledge and desire to sustainably manage our natural resources in the future.

Michigan is home to a wealth of natural resources. Trees are one such resource that can act as a symbol for stewardship. The simple act of tree planting exposes youth to a hands on sustainable development practice. Tree planting allows youth to witness a change being made environmentally and for the communities they live in. As said by Lucy Larcon, “He who plants a tree, plants hope.”

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