When was the last time one saw open green fields, and lush woodlands apart from the countryside? Greenery seems like a lost sight. What’s more shocking is that we have all been a part of an era with beautiful lush green woody islands, beautifully plush trees, etc. Days gone by, had the best scenic abode with people facing the least heath issues as the flora and fauna was diverse.
These days we are cutting down old growth forest, coastal woodlands, and destroying greenery all for so called progress.
Well known animal activist, and nature lover, Laura Guttridge recently organized an Earth Day Rally along with other members of her community. The enthusiastic Barrier Island residents gathered one afternoon to oppose the destruction of one of the last remaining coastal hammocks in the state of Florida.
Laura mentioned that she and her daughter enjoyed watching the wildlife in the central beach community that consisted of bobcats, tortoises, and other various beautiful species. However, there was an underlying thought that perturbed Laura. She knew ofa plan that was underway to destroy this beautiful greenery, and home to so many wildlife species. This proposed plan would turn this beautiful green space into nothing more than a parking lot.
Keeping that thought alive, Laura organized this Rally to save the woodlands of central beach. She said that instead of a protest, she would like to organize an Earth Day Rally celebrating the reprieve of the woodlands from immediate destruction.
Laura burned midnight oil with her friends and family to make this event a success. She tapped in to the social media to help spread the word, and to gather support to help save the precious woodlands.
Laura’s thought process was to inculcate a sense and feeling of belonging in the heart and minds of the young students, and teachers of the Beach Side elementary school. She wanted the students to appreciate the beauty of an untainted,and natural environmental setting.
Laura along with her team of organizers showed great concerns to unite the Indian River school district with the Indian River land trust with a motive to save and create an advanced conservation element to protect the hammock permanently.