27 April 2011

This Common Ground is Green

The other day, I happened across an interesting idea on The Nature Conservancy's Web site. A group of young Seattleites has formed to bring together people who share an interest in conserving and connecting with the natural world.

Washington's Next Generation caught my eye for a number of reasons. First, I thought it was cool that the group, which is for people in their 20s and 30s, was getting ready to pick up the baton as a new generation of environmental advocates in a state where the environment is a major focus.

Second, I liked the idea of using The Nature Conservancy's superstructure to form a local group that can further develop the organization's relationship with people. Such an extension contains the promise of fostering greater engagement.

Finally, it's a great example of centering oneself around the environment. The group helps make the environment a common cause and gives people additional opportunities to connect with the natural world.

The message: Regardless of your age, reach out to those around you who share your interest in the environment. Together, you can share resources, information, and encouragement that lets you strengthen your relationship with nature.

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