Green Tips and Epiphanies in the Razorback State
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the largest newspaper in the state, recently launched a new feature, SYNC, as part of its electronic edition, Arkansas Online. On July 17 SYNC ran an article, "Little Effort Required: Even Lazy People Can Help the Environment," featuring Sierra Club conservation organizer Glen Hooks of Little Rock. Hooks emphasized the importance of contacting legislators and urging them to support green legislation, but mostly he focused on easy, everyday clean energy practices like recycling, using compact fluorescent bulbs, and bringing your own reusable bags to the grocery store. The article began with Hooks remembering the moment he truly became an environmentalist. He and his sons Peyton and Jakob (pictured above) were canoeing on the Buffalo River, the nation's first national river, chatting away noisily, when suddenly they entered a particularly sublime stretch of the river. They all fell silent, in awe of what they were seeing, "literally dumbstruck at the sight of Arkansas' unbridled beauty." That's when Hooks says he fully understood the importance of preserving the environment not just for himself, but for future generations. Learn more about what the Sierra Club is doing to protect America's Wild Legacy, and the work of the Club's Arkansas Chapter.