Recently Vision 2020 sponsored and assisted Heather Evert in removing part of her lawn and replacing it with richer soil, compost and native plants. How does this fit into our vision?
Vision 2020 Bloomington-Normal is part of the Transition Initiative, an international movement preparing for the impacts of climate change and peak oil by promoting sustainable living in all areas of our lives. We want to live and be the change we seek.
So, what is a lawn and why remove it?
A lawn is a symbol and a practice of non-sustainable living and has these effects:
Severe degradation of the surrounding ecosystem; harm to human health, especially in the case of degraded drinking water supplies; harm to flora and fauna and their habitats; sedimentation of surface waters caused by storm water runoff; chemical pollutants in drinking water caused by pesticide runoff; health problems caused by toxic fertilizers, toxic pesticides, improper use, handling, storage and disposal of pesticides; air and noise pollution caused by landscape equipment; invasion of wild lands by non-native weeds and insect pests; and over-use of limited natural resources.
How do Transition Town groups approach the job of lawn removal and sustainable landscaping?
Removing a lawn (even a scraggly one) is a tough job and not easily tackled by one or two people. In the spirit of being the change we seek and building resilient and sustainable communities, Transition Initiatives, like Vision2020, throw a Lawn Removal party and help each other do the job!
Heather Evert’s lawn removal party was the first for Vision2020 and was great fun and a great success (See video below). We expect to do more Lawn Removal parties in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned and join us for the next one!