|It is becoming common knowledge that the use of plastic bags is contributing to vast amounts of pollution due to the amount of petroleum required to make them. In addition they are not recyclable so huge numbers of them are scattered around the globe, causing an unsightly mess as well as endangering the lives of wildlife. A great solution is to use reusable bags.|
|Are you ready to take action to reduce your footprint on the environment? Take a look at some simple actions you can take that add up to a positive impact. Join up, commit, take action. Click on this link to see you can take part:
|On 31 March 2007, 2.2 million people and 2100 Sydney businesses turned off their lights for one hour: Earth Hour. This massive collective effort reduced Sydney's energy consumption by 10.2% for one hour, which is the equivalent effect of taking 48,000 cars off the road for one hour.
Inspired by the collective effort of millions of Sydneysiders, many major global cities are joining Earth Hour in 2008, turning a symbolic event into a global movement.
Become part of this global event - on Saturday March 26, 2011 at 8:30 PM turn your lights off for one hour.
To show your support sign up as a participant at:|
Please pass this along.....and let's get ready to star gaze around the world.
The S.R.A. is committed to promoting better stewardship within our community.
A healthy environment, itís everyoneís responsibility - residents and guests alike. Every bit of prevention DOES make a difference.
Cottagers can play a major role in stewardship practices individually and through their cottagers associations. Cumulative individual efforts do have a tremendous impact in conserving, repairing, protecting our environment.
The S.R.A.ís environmental stewardship efforts focus on increasing the awareness that each individual can make a difference toward better stewardship through information, tips, links to greater resources such as the GBA affiliation. This helps our members to recognize the local environmental challenges and provides reminders to reduce the impact we have on our local lands and waters.
The Shoreline is the last line of defense protecting our water. It needs our help.
Share your shoreline with Mother Nature-one third for you, two thirds for nature. Keep landscaping natural. Do not add sand to your shoreline, sand ends up in the lake. Reduce the erosion by providing a log or plant barrier. Contain play sand in a sandbox.
Say NO to pesticides and fertilizers. Itís the law and itís common sense.
We all want to enjoy being on and in the water.
Exercise caution when sea-dooing, boating or water-skiing near shore where people are likely to swim and where your wake can cause shoreline erosion.
Be sensitive to the noise level caused by personal watercraft. Choose a four-stroke engine for reduced noise and much lower harmful emissions.
Another S.R.A. environmental awareness focus is our campaign to encourage the residents of our community to have their septic systems, cleaned and checked every 3 to 5 years.
Septic systems are the main culprit in terms of pollution. Prevention is the safest and surest way to avoid endangering our waterways.
Do your own visual inspection regularly, looking for "breakouts": wet spots, sometimes disgorging sulphury-smelling grey slop-clear evidence that effluent is seeping from the tank or tile bed. Breakouts call for immediate remedial action to avoid potential damage to your health and to the environment.
Get your septic system checked and keep it working properly to avoid problems. Reduce water consumption; only flush when you must!
Conservation and Prevention are the keys.
PSSST ... DID YOU KNOW ... that dog pooh is one of the contributing pollutants of cottage waterways? "Yes, there is already wildlife poop around the cottage but modern CSI-style tracking has identified dog pooh as a major source of water pollution in many areas, one that carries coli form bacteria that can make people sick." (Quoted from Cottage Lifeís Green Cottaging booklet).