Each Wednesday evening, you can stop by the park in Lawrence to see your fellow Sierra Club members pulling weeds! The Wakarusa Chapter was recently given the opportunity to make an immediate and valuable environmental impact on the community of Lawrence. The Pesticide-Free Parks organization has begun a program to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals needed to maintain local parks. With each weed pulled and each planting bed maintained, there is less need for the city parks department to spray herbicides in the parks where we walk, play, and breathe.
On July 13th, a representative of the Wakarusa Sierra Club met with the Pesticide-Free Parks organizers and signed up to be responsible for two large planting beds in Buford Watson Park. On July 13th, we began weeding and cleaning up around the park and we have been enjoying serving our community each Wednesday since then.
This is a wonderful and humble activity that gives us the chance to talk and work, and afterward, to share a cool drink together. Since we began, we have branched out to work in other areas of the park besides our original assignment. Stop by any Wednesday evening at 7:00 and make an environmental impact. Pull a weed!
By Daniel Poull