By Meredith Cherney
As hurricane season kicks into full swing, we take multiple steps to prepare our homes. Having shutters ready, filling our cars with gas, stocking up on bottles of water and non-perishable foods. However, our preparation lacks one major component – wetland conservation.
Wetlands are among of the most important ecosystems in the world. They are habitats, breeding groups, water filtration systems and storm blockers. For these reasons, many groups have been fighting to preserve and replenish the disappearing wetlands in the Gulf region. One of the most active organizations is the Gulf Restoration Network (GRN).
According to their website, “The Gulf Restoration Network is committed to uniting and empowering people to protect and restore the natural resources of the Gulf Region.” TheGRN recognizes the environmental, economic, and cultural importance of wetlands, and for the past 18 years have been doing their best to be stewards for these threatened environments.
GRN works to provide technical support and mentoring to grassroots groups, to connect members to developments on national and regional issues, and to provide coordination of member activities across the region.
Their campaigns range from water purification, to species protection, to wetland restoration. By volunteering or donating you can help restore the Gulf’s environment.
To learn more about the Gulf Restoration Network and to get involved, visit their website:http://healthygulf.org/