Of course, trying to live a green responsible life in the same town as a 364-acre amusement and water park can sometimes feel pretty futile. That is one reason we were compelled to start this foundation – Lake Erie has been problematic in its pollution levels since the 1960s – before factory waste dumping was as regulated – and we’ve worked so hard to keep the lake as clean as we can.
We were a group of residents who saw potential in this beautiful lake – we remembered the days when it glimmered – when we’d jump in off a rope swing – when parties were floatillas.
But we decided… there would always be people who live here who survive and love their city. That will not die when the park does. So it’s our responsibility to keep things as nice as we can to have a better starting point later.
Maintaining a lawn can also mean contributing to the waterways so it’s important to take the responsibility seriously and be a responsible Earthling. We are lucky to have some very adapt farmers and gardeners working in our city to help you maximize your lawn – whether this means you can grow microgreens or keep bees, they help to keep our city beautiful.
Of course, not everyone can or wants to give up their lawn to be maintained by another. In these cases, you may just want to make some minor changes to your lawn-care routine. Rather than always resorting to a weedwacker, electric till, lawnmower, or leaf-blower, try to do as much manually as you can. Your garden is creating energy – it shouldn’t be matching that in the energy you spend on her. Make sure that any fertilizers or pesticides you use are natural rather than chemical. You may spend a little more and see less extreme results, but it’s a more natural process and doesn’t endanger our food our environment.
Keeping animals alongside a garden can help eliminate the need for as much energy-consumption. You can have your own little circle of life right in your own yard – goats, chickens, eggs, bees, herbs – these are all great options for those of you with large yards and some free time.
So whether you change your whole life to maintain your lawn, maintain a small part-time lawn, or change nothing more than your fertilizer – small changes matter!
It’s scary to think about the number of chemicals and perfumes and preservatives are in some of the body and self-care products we use on a regular basis. But it’s pretty simple to find products that won’t pollute the lake if you know what to avoid.
Many self-care products contain exfoliating microbeads meant to slough off dead skin cells without damaging the skin. Exfoliating is a great way to reveal younger-looking glowy skin! But in many of these products, tiny pieces of plastic are the actual exfoliant – which pollute our waterways and poison the ecosystem within. So review your ingredients list for words like “microbeads” or micro-abrasives” and make sure your labeling describes what the exfoliant is: this is often walnut shells, salt or coffee grounds.
This is a simple change you can make in your home to keep Lake Erie clean and getting cleaner for all of your friends and neighbors who want to use the beaches as much as you do!
It’s pretty obvious but oft-overlooked: the products we use in our homes and on our bodies eventually find their ways into the great lakes. Using natural and organic cleaning products at home can decrease the amount of chemical waste your household is contributing to Lake Erie. Chemicals and cleaning products can be dangerous for the lake habitat and wildlife and can spoil the integrity of the lake for swimming and fishing.
Now there’s clearly no way that a single home switching to natural and organic cleaning products can undo all that pollution caused by heavy industry in Cleveland and factory pollutants flowing in from rivers and waterways – but as we work on a large scale to address and rectify these problems, small changes on a local level can develop into big city initiatives.