Higher education, with standout professors like Dr.Crail of the University of Toledo, also play a valuable role in nurturing the awareness within metropolitans of the problems and solutions concerning our local ecosystems (pictured above) by giving college students direct experience in restoration projects. "Tell me, I will forget. Show me, I'll remember. Involve me, I will understand" a Chinese proverb Dr. Crail is demonstrating. In the first pictured scene students of Dr.Crail's course removed buckthorn, an invasive shrub, from the understory and wood edges of Irwin Prairie State Nature preserve. Projects like these not only quickly benefit local ecosystems, but they also plant the seeds of experience and awareness within students who may have never known their local ecosystem was under such an alarming foreign plant threat. For a student like I was at Cincinnati State starting out in environmental science trying to figure out what I wanted to do for a career, an experience like this would have been profound and potentially opened me up to the field I have circuitously grown a great passion for, being ecological restoration.
We have many times more than needed, of man power to reclaim our metropolitan ecosystems from invasive plants, what we need more of is experiential education and collaboration/organization to nurture the widespread awareness required to truly "bring nature home" as Entomologist Doug Tallamy would say.
Niches for the Taking (The Metropolitan Battleground)
Wood Edge/Open Disturbed Land
Progress through Organizational Collaboration
In the above 3 minute video, you'll see how the Southwest Ohio/Northern Kentucky?Southeast Indiana metropolitan plans to move forward with a non-profit organization that organizes, sets agendas, executes, and connects all interested people throughout the spectrum of sustainability. It is set up with an array of action teams to cover each environmental issue thoroughly, made up of volunteers from those respective professions, industries, and interests. Each of these teams have their own agenda, with the same goal of making this region more sustainable.
Environmental Education Advocacy Groups"ALI" Alliance for Leadership and Interconnection - Cincinnati Local
Religious Environmental OrganizationsCatholic Climate Covenant Facebook
Evangelical Environmental Network Facebook
Marianist Environmental Education Center Facebook
Books and MiscellaneousReconciliation Ecology
Richard Louv Author of Last Child in the Woods, and the Nature Principle
Doug Tallamy Author of Brining Nature Home
Green Umbrella Greater Cincinnati's Regional Environmental Collaborative Facebook
Enright Cincinnati's Urban Ecovillage Facebook