Close Family, 2013, Jo-Ann Sanborn
oil on board, 8"x8"
When talking about my book, Embracing the Everglades, in my last post, I should have mentioned that when I sell a book, $1 goes as a donation to groups that work to protect the Everglades.
I belong to several such organizations, and want to support them with my work. Friends of the Fakahatchee, a support group for the Fakahatchee Strand State Park, is close to Marco and does a great job of promoting and education people. Their budget is not large, and it gives me a warm feeling to know that my small bit helps.
One of the problems I see with Everglades protection is that there are so many stakeholders spread over such a large area. They need to work together to have their voice heard. The Everglades Foundation works to gather and build consensus among the myriad of Everglades support groups, so they can speak with one, hopefully a bit louder voice. I like it that my contribution might be used for this purpose.'
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, in the Ten Thousand Islands is also close to home. The reserve works with coastal communities to promote good coastal stewardship, something I also believe in and support.
The Everglades are fragile and at risk now. If we don't take care of our environment, it will not be there for our children and grandchildren. There are many other organizations that promote awareness and protection of the wonderful Everglades environment we live it. Google "Everglades protection" and pick an organization of your own to support? Even a small donation makes a difference!
This post was inspired by Seth Godin's blog "Just Give." Thanks for reminding us to be generous, Seth!