Our connections campaign aims to remind us that there is an EFFECT downstream for the CAUSE upstream. The current era of human history that is experiencing amazing devastation due to climate change and environmental destruction is demanding that we take notice that our dominion of the planets' ecosystems must end if we are to thrive.
An example of a solution: to ensure no down hill flooding or standing water - make all previous impermeable surfaces such as parking lots permeable. Ensure ground water table recharge with permeable, healthy soils, or provide berms and swales that store water and direct its flow if impermeable surfaces cannot be removed.
In the photo examples on this page:
(cause above) - impermeable surfaced parking lots do not recharge the ground water table. Surface water must drain somewhere, always downhill
(effect below) - surface water impacts are flooding or standing water in saturated areas
(Solution bottom) - permeable pavers in a driveway
We offer permaculture solutions that work with nature rather than against to end negative downstream effects of environmental destruction. There are so many ways in which you can improve the planet for future generations; the important thing is that you do something. For every 100 mailings in our connections campaign, we spend approximately $210 on materials.
Salish Sea Connections Campaign
The Salish Sea is a bioregion of interconnected waterways and shorelines that transcend political boundaries. The interconnected eco-system of the Salish Sea truly connects the success of one species in one area to the stewardship of habitat in a distant area. For example: Chinook Salmon spawn in the Cedar River watershed in the south Seattle area, and spend their time as salmon fry building strength in Lake Washington, where they feed, and take respite and safety in shaded shorelines. Those Chinook Salmon that grow into ocean-going salmon via the Ballard Locks, feed Southern Resident Orca Whales on their journey north to the San Juan and Gulf Islands. The Southern Resident Orca Whales have been on the threatened and endangered species list since 2005, and feed predominantly on Chinook Salmon. Healthy and some tall shoreline vegetation provided for the food of one species has an impact on the food chain of a linked ecosystem 90 miles away. We are just that interdependent on each others' care of our resources.