, Swim Guide Editor
Posted: February 7, 2016 at 9:31 pm

At a time when our news is fraught with doom-and-gloom stories about water quality and climate change, Mobile Baykeeper is keeping the tone light.

It’s hard not to feel overwhelmed when it comes to the environment, but it is hard to feel as though we can truly effect change. What can we do to combat rising sea levels or whole islands being swallowed up by the ocean? What can we do about greenhouse gas emissions or the toxic air quality in China?

These types of thoughts can make us indifferent, even apathetic, to environmental concerns. But there’s something simple we can do to change our mindset (Hint: think smaller).

I heard a great story about the Bill Gates Foundation and how they are able to effect change in developing countries by focusing on small, realistic, and scalable projects. The foundation isn’t trying to solve world hunger; rather, they’re improving quality of life through clean water and disease prevention initiatives in developing countries one village at a time.

It’s impossible – not to mention disheartening – to try to take on the world’s environment problems. It’s not impossible, though, to make a difference in your community, and to watch this difference ripple outward. Hence the mantra of Mobile Baykeeper Program Coordinator, Cade Kistler: take the first step.

Photo by Joseph Brooke

There are innumerable ways that you can get involved in your community. Your local Waterkeeper is a great way to find out about what’s happening in your community and how to get involved.

We’re throwing out a thank you to Mobile Baykeeper for reminding us that we’re all in this together, and that we have the power to stay positive.

About Mobile Baykeeper

Mobile Baykeeper updates the water quality status for 25 high use, or potentially high-risk public recreation sites in the Mobile and Baldwin counties in Alabama.

Their work on Swim Guide is supported by the Legacy Partners in Environmental Education and Daniel Foundation of Alabama.

Get Involved Resources: Alabama

Citizen Guide to Coastal Restoration

Muddy Water Watch


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