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Letter from Publisher

I have mixed feelings as I see the green tips of irises and tulips breaking through the earth in yards and landscapes as early as the first week of March. The unusually balmy spring we’ve experienced in southeastern Wisconsin may feel good after months of winter’s cold and snow, but I know it’s not quite normal.

One doesn’t have to look far to find evidence of human impact related to climate change, whether it is swirling islands of garbage in the oceans disturbing the marine ecosystem; fracking-related earthquakes in regions that had never experienced them before; or the agricultural runoff tainting drinking water right here in Wisconsin’s Kewaunee County.

The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard. ~ Gaylord Nelson, former governor of Wisconsin, co-founder of Earth Day

Mother Earth is now screaming at us to change our ways. This month’s issue, with themes including “Everyday Sustainability” and “Freshwater Scarcity,” features ways we can reduce our impact and make a difference, both at home and on a national level. “Personal Shades of Green,” an article by Wisconsin-based writers John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, describes simple things people can do to incorporate green living into everyday life. Linda Sechrist’s article, “Troubled Waters,” examines today’s threats to our freshwater resources and lists organizations working tirelessly on clean water issues. Many of these groups welcome and need citizen participation.

Lake Michigan shimmers along the Milwaukee coast like a giant blue mirror reflecting our actions. Living directly on the shore of the largest freshwater chain in the world, we have a special responsibility to treat the Great Lakes with the respect they deserve, starting with gratitude for the sustenance they provide us. I hope this issue helps readers find ways to express this gratitude and respect, and to give back.

Together, let’s make every day Earth Day,

Gabriella Buchnik, Publisher

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