“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make – Dr. Jane Goodall.
Hi Pond Friends…
Well just in case you missed it, Earth Day 2014 has come and gone. Every April 22nd folks will celebrate the earth and be reminded of the need to care for it, since at present it’s our only home.
As you probably know, I’m all for Earth Day in the sense that it does remind us all to be good caretakers of this big blue ball of wonder.
Lately though, I have to be honest and tell you that I sometimes get disheartened. If you watch the news much it doesn’t take long to get down about a lot of things. The stories abound, from power plants leaking radioactivity to our government’s allowance of higher and higher levels of pesticides on our food supply.
More specifically towards our interest in healthy waters, a report came out this week on the growing incidence of drug contamination in our water supply. In this example the levels of Prozac are going up so much that it’s literally affecting fish behavior…this is crazy stuff.
So I guess what I’m saying is, it doesn’t or shouldn’t take a rocket scientist to see that we’re dropping the ball big time on this whole Earth Day ideal. It’s fine to talk about it on April 22nd, but what about the other 364 days of the year that count?
We, and by this I mean everyone, from individuals to big corporations and governments must keep working to become better stewards of the land, air, and water. We’ll either figure this out, or we collectively will pay later for it. Maybe in many ways we’re already paying too high a price.
This is the reality we have today as sobering as it may be. But I’d like to think that more than anything, I’m an optimist. And I was reminded today by the quote from Jane Goodall that you read at the beginning of this piece.
“What you do makes a difference…”
And I believe this.
When we started this business and this work, it was at a point when natural solutions to pond algae just weren’t all that widespread. Some of the technology was new and kind of unknown and others hadn’t even been invented yet.
We had barley straw and a few other things, but that was about it.
Today though, we have, I think, made a difference.
More and more pond owners are realizing that you don’t need to use chemicals to get a clean and clear pond. A chemical can’t produce health anyway…they can only mask a symptom of an underlying problem…and algae is a symptom.
So we’ve learned that when you make a pond healthier, and more ecologically balanced, low and behold, things can improve across the board.
And if a time or situation comes where you should have to use a chemical, we certainly don’t advocate indiscriminate use, but a calculated, careful application that’s highly targeted for the problem at hand. We keep their use limited and in the category of a “last resort”. Which is exactly where they should be.
In the end I guess you could say our goal is simple. We will change the old, outdated pond management practices in one pond at a time and by educating one pond owner at a time. And we’ll do that, not on one special day of the year, but every single day.
Because the more folks that know that eco-friendly pond care is possible, the better our world will be.
It’s a simple philosophy I guess, but it’s one that keeps us working toward something we believe in. And that’s enough.
Going forward through the rest of the year, please do what you can to make your part of the world a bit better. Reuse and recycle when possible. Keep the use of chemicals around and in your home to a minimum. Do your best to take care of your health and wellbeing. And care for your pond in the most natural ways possible.
It can be done…and what you do does make a difference.
Pond Algae Solutions