Part of the Problem, or Part of the Solution?

Excellent article about Maplewood township in New Jersey, who this fall decided to implement a test period for an urban hen ordinance. To quote out of the article (link below):

“What difference does one backyard make? Not much, but millions of backyards do — and Maplewoodians want to be part of the national movement. Most of us recycle, but how much difference does each of us make? How much difference does each of us make when we refuse to use plastic bags? The analysis is the same.

“Because local government officials are so busy with the entire range of subjects that concern their citizens, and with few resources at their disposal, there is much “follow the leader” behavior at this level. Maplewood is known around the state as an environmental leader. We have made, and can continue to make, a difference by our example. There are, of course, many things we can do to lead in other important directions. Backyard egg production is only one of them. But it is something that many residents want to do to improve their own health, to educate their children on the actual origins of important food, and to improve the health of the planet in meaningful ways.

“And that’s the “forest” that we sometimes lose when discussing the “trees.”

I hate to say it, but Billings, Montana is NOT a leader in environmental concern and positive action. In fact, we are trailing the rest of the state, as evidenced by the fact that 8 of the 10 largest cities in Montana already allow urban hens… the good news is, we can join the sustainability, responsible, and green movement! We’re not asking for cutting-edge leadership here, Billings… just getting with the program.


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