Thursday, March 3, 2011

Speaker stresses sustainability in outdoor recreation

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - If you are going to enjoy the outdoors, do so within respect.

That’s the message that conservation educator J.D. Tanner delivered Wednesday at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Nature Center.

Tanner’s lecture covered the importance of environmental sustainability in outdoor recreation, and the impact that we have on our environment.

Tanner gave some eye opening facts about the impact that we have on the environment. He stated that a main concern facing our world is our society’s tendency to over-consume unnecessary things like plastic water bottles, and the unwillingness to recycle such objects.

"We now go and we buy water bottles, an item that is intended to be discarded immediately but we build it to last forever. So we go out, we buy and we buy, and things don’t make it back to recycling areas. We recycle 5% of plastic bottles, the whole world does," Tanner said.

J.D. Tanner is an influential advocate for environmental sustainability. He continues to inform people of our responsibility to protect the world we live in by teaching classes on such topics at San Juan Community College in Farmington, New Mexico.

According to Tanner, the best answer to getting people to act more responsibly in our environment is through education.

Daniel Rohr, KRCU


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