United States of America
Rewilding College Campuses
Growing up in Hawai’i, Mackenzie Feldman saw firsthand the beauty of the natural world and the importance of protecting it. But it wasn’t until she became a college student that she was presented with an opportunity to make a difference when it came to protecting the environment.
Thanks to Mackenzie’s hard work and dedication, Re:wild YourCampus has helped to reduce the use of pesticides on college campuses across the country. Her efforts have also inspired other activists to take up the cause and work towards a healthier, more sustainable future.
Mackenzie reminds us to “start small, find our passion, and gather our community.” Her story shows us that all of us can make a difference. We must celebrate every win, no matter how small, and remember to enjoy the land we are working so hard to protect. By following your passion and taking action, you can help to create a better world for everyone.
Why Is This Important?
Pesticides are chemicals designed to kill pests, but they also harm other organisms such as humans, animals, and plants. Exposure to pesticides has been linked to a range of health problems, including cancer, neurological disorders, and reproductive issues.
What Can You Do?
Consider these tips:
There are simple ways to change how you care for your yard that are better for both people and the planet. Start by trying to minimize the use of harmful pesticides and exploring natural alternatives. For example, instead of using weed killer chemicals to remove weeds from around your neighborhood, try using boiled water instead. You can take it a step further by allowing your own yard to “rewild”, allowing the ecosystem to flourish without intervention. You will be surprised at the new plant species that return to your yard!
Work alongside neighbors and community members to rewild spaces in your neighborhood and advocate for your town to avoid the use of pesticides in public spaces like parks. Consider telling 1-2 of your neighbors about the benefits of letting nature grow wild today!