Yes, I like this approach and would rather feel empowered instead of just kind of hopeless and afraid…..
Today a new President of the United States takes the oath of office. It’s a day that brings great hope to some, uncertainty and worry to others. Whatever lies ahead, each of us can help shape the world that we want to live in.
The Xerces Society works to conserve habitat and protect many of the smallest, yet arguably, most important animals for sustaining the health of our environment. Our staff work to make positive change, following the values that have successfully guided us for 45 years. Achieving our goals includes science, outreach, and education, and the ability to understand, and adapt to, a constantly shifting conservation landscape.
But this work is also personal. The people at Xerces were drawn to our work because of a passion for the animals we work for, and we will continue to work through all avenues to make this world a better home for the butterflies, bees, dragonflies, and other invertebrates that we all love.
However, we can’t do it alone.
President Obama, in his final speeches and interviews, encouraged people to tie their shoe laces and go out to talk to their neighbors, to roll up their sleeves and get to work. This is a time to stand up for what we believe in and create ways to enact change. Local action will be as important as any national campaign—and invertebrates are the perfect focus for local conservation efforts.
There are easy-to-achieve things that will make the world a better place for insects and other invertebrates, which is at the heart of what we do. Over the coming months, we will share information and ideas that will enable you to make meaningful change in your own backyard, your local park, or your council chamber. We’ll also be publishing personal narratives from our staff, stories of how they became involved in conservation. Local events and volunteer activities were often the first steps that led them into a life of change.
We hope that, together, these resources and stories will foster a feeling of empowerment and inspire you to take your own action this year.