Doing Our Part

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DONNA LEWIS Oct 2015 Also on Digital Edition

As Floridians, we often take for granted our mild climate, our beautiful beaches and our plentiful natural resources that seem to respectfully coexist with our urban development. But right in our own backyards, our most precious ecosystem, the Everglades, is being destroyed, even while we have in place a 30-year plan to restore it—righting the wrongs of the past. After a century of depletion, this “River of Grass”—the most unique ecosystem of its kind in the world—is in desperate need of our help.

Conservation efforts are in place to protect and preserve Florida’s natural wonder and its estuaries, water supply, endangered wildlife and the mankind that depends on the integrity of this ecosystem. But it needs to be a priority, not only for the numerous species of plants and animals that call it home, but for the economy of South Florida and the planet in general. As Marjory Stoneman Douglas said, “The Everglades is a test. If we pass it, we may get to keep the planet.”

Conserving, preserving and protect ing are engrained in our South Florida culture, and the causes to support are plentiful. That’s why every year we compile the annual Charity Datebook, a resource for tri-county charitable organizations, to encourage you to get involved and support those organizations that are near and dear to your heart. This year we bring it to you one month early, so you can get a head start on your philanthropic planning and giving!

Crusading for women’s healthcare issues, Jennifer McGrath, puts the “fun” in fundraiser with the Bluewater Babes’ “Fish for a Cure” Oct. 2 to 3. The event draws cancer survivors, anglers and spectators to the docks/seas for one of the best parties of the year! Jupiter Magazine and The Palm Beacher are proud to be sponsors of this event, as well as 30 other events throughout the year—our way of giving back to our community and those in need (while also having a little fun).

Doing their part to protect the environment are the eco-friendly boating manufacturers designing hybrid yachts, including electric-diesel engines, solar roofs, lithium batteries and recycled materials that are as sleek as their traditional, non-green counterparts. Conscientious boaters are demanding cleaner options, which means this is a trend that is here to stay.

Let this Conservation/Charity issue inspire you to take action and show your support for a worthy cause because each one of us can make a difference—one selfless deed at a time.