“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.” -Mahatma Ghandi

In today's world of overstimulation, consumerism, and apocalyptic news coverage it’s hard to focus on what it is that really matters. It’s difficult to quantify the positive impact we can actually make as individuals in this crazy world.

I’m here to tell you that you CAN make a difference, and it starts on a local level.

On Saturday March, 18th the Illinois River Watershed Partnership (IRWP) is joining forces with community members like the UofA’s Office for Sustainability, UREC Outdoors, and Fayettechill Clothing Company to create a day of change.

Students and community members alike are asked to join the IRWP at either two locations in the Fayetteville area to plant trees that Saturday from 9am - 11am. Location #1 will be along the trail at Clabber Creek in Fayetteville. Location #2 will be at Ecology Park along Goose Creek. Tools, trees, and instruction will be provided. All additional information for the event can be found here on the event's Facebook page. Event organizers ask that you RSVP or reach out to gebieker@gmail.com to confirm volunteer status.

It’s that easy. Make a commitment for two hours on one day out of the year and you can quantifiably change the future for the better. You can make a commitment to reduce your carbon footprint, give back to your local community, and to meet like minded people in this little gem we call home.

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