Earth Day 2019

Let’s take a minute to appreciate the planet we live on. It’s a pretty amazing place – even the parts that don’t have prairies. Here are a few photos to help remind all of us how great the world is.

Helping to keep our planet clean, healthy, and productive is no different than investing time and energy into maintaining and improving your house/apartment or neighborhood. We all benefit from clean air, clean water, food production, aesthetic beauty, and all the other perks of living on a healthy earth. Doing your part to conserve natural resources and ensure the vitality of ecosystems doesn’t mean you have to chain yourself to a tree or march on Washington. It’s more about doing little things that don’t greatly impact your lifestyle.

On this Earth Day, please consider whether there are one or two small ways you can help. Start a compost pile in your backyard, buy some native wildflowers for your garden, or take your kids out to a nearby natural area and look for frogs or butterflies. Grow your hair and beard really long, buy a yurt, and move out into the wilderness (I’m kidding, of course – the beard is completely optional.)

Most importantly, please help depoliticize conservation. Investing in the future of our planet and natural resources isn’t something that should be tied to political parties or philosophies. We don’t have to agree on the best path to keep moving in the same direction. Our planet is awfully beautiful, and it is the only we’ve got for now. Thanks for your help, and happy Earth Day.

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About Chris Helzer

Chris Helzer is the Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. His main role is to evaluate and capture lessons from the Conservancy’s land management and restoration work and then share those lessons with other landowners – both private and public. In addition, Chris works to raise awareness about the importance of prairies and their conservation through his writing, photography, and presentations to various groups. Chris is also the author of "The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States", published by the University of Iowa Press. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska with his wife Kim and their children.

18 thoughts on “Earth Day 2019

  1. I second all the previous comments and add my own thank you for the many reminders throughout the year of what a magnificent world we live in from the macro to the micro scale.

  2. Thank you Chris! I appreciate your posts & it helps me to remember to slow down & really look at things from different perspectives.

  3. Thank you so much for this! We do have to remind ourselves how wonderful the earth is each and every day! Your posts are always thought provoking, interesting, and beautiful. Thank you for what you do as well.

  4. Your work, your writings, and your photography are much appreciated and help me to stay connected to the things that feed my soul!

  5. Wonderful photos. Beyond that, I especially appreciated this: “Investing in the future of our planet and natural resources isn’t something that should be tied to political parties or philosophies.” I’ll spare you my musings, but thank you for saying that.

  6. Happy Earth Day from here Finland too to all the blog followers. One of the present worries here is the wellbeing of the pollinators.

  7. Lovely post. Thanks. It’s spring in MN. Whew! Epherals starting to come up. Waiting for the Queen Bumblebees.

  8. Love all the photos in this posting. Each one more moving than the next! I think my favorite is the facial close up of the caterpillar. A beautiful world, indeed.


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