Environmental conservation is a tradition in my family. My parents have worked a lifetime to conserve wild lands in New Hampshire, and I witnessed that effort from a young age. Now, my husband Christian and I are instilling those same values in our two sons. Our sons have grown up seeing that we do things differently than many families. The kids work with us to reduce our resource consumption and purchase only what we need. Our family’s most joyous times are spent in New Hampshire’s glorious wild places, hiking, biking, canoeing and cross-country skiing. Our love of nature is the reality that grounds each new step our family takes to reduce our environmental impact.
When I attended my first meeting at CLF over 20 years ago, I realized that policy strategies for environmental conservation are just as important as technology innovations and personal choices. I knew that our family commitment to environmental conservation had to include community and policy action. My husband agrees. By contributing to CLF, we can support high-quality work that is outside the range of our skills and available time. Our family sees supporting CLF as one important aspect of acting on our sense of responsibility for our environmental impact.