The Monarch Butterfly is in trouble.
Populations of monarch’s have declined 90% in the last 20 years. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is evaluating the status of the monarch butterfly for listing under the Endangered Species Act.
That’s where you come in.
It turns out that urban & suburban areas are the monarch’s best hope for survival. We can help save the monarch by providing “pockets” of habitat in every park, school, congregation and yard, whether large or small.
Together we can make a difference:
Faced with the possibility of extinction of this beloved species, communities locally and nationally are mobilizing to increase monarch habitat. A group of partners are launching an Oak Park & River Forest area campaign to help make room for nature.
For more information call 773-315-1109.
Monarch Garden Support (West Cook Wild Ones)
How to build a butterfly and pollinator garden in seven steps (US Fish & Wildlife Service)
Register your Butterfly/Pollinator Garden to become part of the Wildlife Corridor
Monarch Joint Venture: Partnering to conserve the monarch butterfly migration
Mayors for Monarchs Campaign (National Wildlife Federation)
Save the Monarch Butterfly (US Fish & Wildlife Service)
Energy conservation and energy efficiency are important steps in our move toward a low carbon future. Community residents joined us for our fall Green Guides gathering on Oct 26, for a presentation by Elevate Energy on reducing energy usage in our homes. Refer to this page and this link, for more information.
We can all contribute to a healthier environment for our family, pets, butterflies and other pollinators, as well as the Des Plaines River by using natural lawn care methods, free of toxic chemicals. Who knew we could do so much good with our little patches of ground! The villages of Oak Park and River Forest are both promoting family friendly lawn care. Link to more information about these programs below. Both villages are also offering village composting which is a great way to create “black gold,” aka, compost to help build healthy soil for use in garden and lawn care. Organic lawn maintenance tips:
The Green Guides program is being developed by PlanItGreen, and River Forest and Oak Park sustainability organizations in response to a need to share, at the neighborhood level, the many sustainability resources available to our communities. Green Guides are not expected to be experts, just to have a willingness to connect neighbors to already existing opportunities and resources.
PlanItGreen will provide a quarterly newsletter, materials, resources, talking points, and more for Green Guides to use in getting the word out to your neighbors. Residents who wish to serve as a Green Guide are asked to choose the block(s) or building that they would like to cover. You decide how best to connect to your neighbors (email, phone, in-person).
Make a big impact with little effort!
Connect with the resources you need to answer your neighbors’ questions
If you would like to be a Green Guide and together with your neighbors help build a more beautiful, healthy and resilient community, please follow this link sign- up:
For questions, contact Lisa, Seven Generations Ahead, firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-660-9909