Are you aware of your footprint?

by Paige Thrush, Plant Health Management major

English poet, Francis Thompson, once wrote, “All things by immortal power, near or far, hiddenly to each other linked are, that thou canst not stir a flower without troubling of star.” This quote speaks of the intimate relationship of all elements within our universe.

Earth’s natural resources are being depleted at an alarming rate for the benefit of humankind. Many think of water, soil and air as renewable resources that become replenished over time. Truth is, the quality of these resources has gotten so bad that many believe we are doomed.

On the other hand, those who see the cup as half full believe that there are measures we can take to preserve these resources. Sustainability is a hot topic these days and many are jumping on the bandwagon to play their part in conserving our planet for future generations to come.

Sustainable methods are integrated as in an attempt to protect our human species, preserve wildlife, plants, nonrenewable resources and biodiversity and enhance soil, air and water quality. One small step in the direction of conservation helps build a framework for a sustainable future that our children and grandchildren will enjoy being a part of.

Every action we take leaves a footprint that affects other living beings, the environment and the world. Are you aware of your footprint?

Read more about sustainable agricultural practices and what you can do to help: http://www.sarep.ucdavis.edu/about-sarep/def/

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This blog post was an assignment for  Societal Issues: Pesticides, Alternatives and the Environment (PLNTPTH 4597). The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the class, Department of Plant Pathology or the instructor.

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