In the end, we only conserve what we love,
We will only love what we understand,
We will only understand what we are taught
............ Baba Dioum, Poet
Friday, March 23, 2007
CBF Action Alert
We have a critical opportunity to clean up Virginia’s rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay, and reach our goal of getting the Bay off the Environmental Protection Agency's "dirty waters" list by 2010, but we need your help right now to make it happen.
Here’s the story: Right now, the federal Farm Bill is being reauthorized by Congress, something that only happens every five years. Why is this important to the Chesapeake Bay? Runoff from urban, suburban, and agricultural land is a significant source of pollution. By boosting conservation funding in the Farm Bill, Congress can help reduce this pollution and help fulfill the federal government's commitment to the Bay.
In the past, Virginia’s farmers haven’t gotten their fair share of the Farm Bill. All of us pay when farmers can't afford to implement proven conservation techniques. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is working to fix that by increasing conservation funding in order to improve the health of Virginia’s waterways. It’s a win-win for everyone. It’s good for the economy, good for the farmers, and will help preserve our natural heritage for future generations.
Here’s what you can do: Visit www.cbf.org/farmbillaction, fill in your contact information, and someone from CBF will get back to you in the next few days and let you know how you can help.
We’re also asking Virginians to write or call their member of Congress, write a letter to the editor of their local newspaper, or sign on to a newspaper ad or petition--real simple things that can make a big difference.