Countdown To Earth Day 2019: Let's Focus on Working Together!

Countdown To Earth Day 2019: Let’s Focus on Working Together!

  • The Kane County Division of Environmental and Water Resources and Kane County Connects are “Counting Down to Earth Day” with a series of articles on “Going Green” in 2019. This article was contributed by Jessica Mino, Kane County resource management coordinator.


The annual Countdown to Earth Day series is here! Sixteen articles leading up to Earth Day, April 22.

Jessica Mino

“It takes a village to raise a child,” is a well-known phrase. And Mother Nature is no exception to needing this support.

To truly protect the environment around us, our families, friends, and neighbors, we all have to do our part. The great thing is … being part of this community is a wonderful feeling!

As well-known forester and conservationist Aldo Leopold said, “When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”

So in the season of Earth Day, let’s focus on working together! Together we can build and maintain a great place to live, a great place to work, and a place that positively contributes to the world around us —things Kane County is all about.

I see it around me every day, from within the county government to the people we serve and the places we work to care for.

Here are just a few examples:

Kane County staff planting natives at the Government Center in Geneva.

River Clean-up organized by Friends of the Fox River.

River Clean-up organized by Friends of the Fox River.

Kane County Farm Bureau, Forest Preserve, County Board, and Environmental & Water Resources staff with local farmers, contractors, and residents at the Woodchip Bioreactor Field Day in Elgin.

Ultimately, it is up to us (our daily choices, involvement, and conversations with others) to protect what we care about, the well-being of our families, community, and environment.

“Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty,” Gaylord Nelson, known as the found of Earth Day, said. “The objective is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human beings and all other living creatures.”

— Jessica Mino
March 29, 2019