Lately, I've been thinking a lot about what it takes to have a healthy environment and strong communities.
I have realized that both require vision and focused efforts to see that vision come to life. Once the desired goal has been expressed, we must take ownership of its building and maintenance. In other words, if we want something to happen, we must make it happen.
This story from BirdNote provides a great example of what I mean. (When you check it out, you can also take a look around BirdNote's new Web site, which is fantastic.)
Of course, improving our environment and our communities means hard work, but if we really want to transform our relationships to each other and to nature, the work will be worth it.
For more ideas about communities and the environment, check out this blog from the Natural Resources Defense Council's Kaid Benfield.