February 24, 2009
The Conservation Chronicles: Start Your Own Crusade
Removing over 5 million pounds of garbage from the Mississippi, Illinois, Ohio, and other rivers in nine states is no easy task, but Chad Pregracke, the president and founder of Living Lands & Waters has accomplished all of that, and a lot more. The group recently planted 238,000 acorn trees and has plans to plant 100,000 oaks this April, which will dramatically improve habitat and prevent erosion. Pregracke was a Hero of Conservation Finalist in 2008. Here are ten of his tips for getting active and making a difference.
Chad Pregracke: 10 Tips to Help You Start Your Own Crusade
1. Get involved with your cause, and not just by joining but by becoming active. Serve on a committtee, help with fund-raising, coordinate an event, do whatever you can--but do something.
2. Work with what you have at the time.
3. If you start with nothing but an idea, then there's nothing to lose. What have you really lost by making a phone call isfsomeone says no?
4. Don't expect anything from anybody--you'll just set yourself up for disappointment and despair.
5. Set high goals but realize that the bigger the goal, the more persistence, dedication, focus, and sacrifice it will take to achieve it. Big goals are accomplished only by taking small steps, and it starts with a single, small action.
6. Work as hard as you can every day and know that you can only do so much. As long as you've worked as hard as you can, then that's all you can do.
7. Plant trees. Lots of trees.
8. It's who you know, yes, but it's also who you don't know, yet.
9. Pick your battles and try to stay focused, because there are so many different problems that you could easily become distracted.
10. Don't forget to water your trees.
(For more tips, check out Pregracke's book From the Bottom Up: One Man's Crusade to Clean America's Rivers)