Help the Environment & Make a Difference In Whitemarsh

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Plant a Tree (or better yet, plant 10 trees)

Large trees are one of the best tools we have to manage stormwater, and combat climate change.


Consider joining the Arbor Day Foundation and plant new trees or native plants on your property.  Join me in restoring the Township's degraded canopy. 


https://www.arborday.org/


Reduce Your Lawn

5% of green-house gases are spent mowing lawns.  Consider reducing the size of your lawn and replacing it with a rain garden or meadow.      


https://extension.psu.edu/meadows-and-prairies-wildlife-friendly-alternatives-to-lawn


https://www.ted.com/talks/dennis_vanengelsdorp_a_plea_for_bees/transcript?language=en 


Single-Use Plastic Bags & Water Bottles

Buy or make reusable bags and use them to eliminate harmful plastic from our environment. 

Ask the owners of your favorite stores to help protect the Whitemarsh environment by eliminating single-use plastic bags.


Consider re-usable metal water bottles and refill them with your own filtered water or beverage.  

Recycling single-use plastic bottles still has a significant carbon impact since plastic water bottles are generally made from petroleum products.

  

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/16/style/plastic-how-to-use-less.html


Renewable Energy

Consider switching your energy provider to one that uses renewables. 


 https://www.papowerswitch.com/ 


Help Clean Up Our Roads

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Volunteerism

Although the Township should do more to maintain the cleanliness of our roads, there are current volunteer efforts stepping up to fill the void.  If you'd like to participate and join a great group of hard-working and committed citizens, here is the information:


"Trash Mob"

 https://www.whitemarshtwp.org/ImageRepository/Document?documentID=1954 




Environmental Rights

Know Your Rights

Did you know that the Pennsylvania State Constitution includes an Amendment specifically to protect your Environmental Rights?  It does!


Article I, Section 27 of the state constitution—the Environmental Rights Amendment: 

"The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and aesthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people."


These words should serve as the fundamental framework for planning any future development in Whitemarsh Township.


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