Be a part of ‘Conservation’s Power’

Today is the day to be a part of Conservation’s Power in the Stephenson Soil and Water Conservation District.

Stephenson Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) encourages you to think about your personal responsibility to be a good steward of the natural resources, including energy during its annual Stewardship week celebration. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) has proclaimed April 29 to May 6 as Stewardship Week with the theme “Conservation’s Power.”

Think about the energy you use everyday. Does it come from renewable or non-renewable energy sources? More than 92 percent of energy used today comes from nonrenewable resources such as petroleum, natural gas, coal and uranium. Only a small fraction of the energy we use comes from renewable sources. Is this good stewardship?

What can we do? Take the time to learn about energy efficiency (using less energy to perform the same function), energy conservation, and renewable energy. Then, put what you learn into practice. Efficiency and conservation are key components of energy sustainability. Simply put, we need to meet today’s energy needs while allowing our children to meet tomorrow’s.

The Stephenson SWCD was formed to assist people in Stephenson County. During Stewardship Week, Stephenson SWCD will be distributing program inserts and litanies to local churches.

Stephenson SWCD is a member of the National Association of Conservation Districts ( which oversees the Stewardship Week program. Stewardship Week is one of the largest national annual programs to promote conservation. NACD represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, which were established to encourage resource conservation across the country.

“Conservation district leaders have been involved in these issues for a very long time,” said NACD President Bill Wilson. “We’re excited to see the general public’s support and enthusiasm growing for renewable sources of energy. Educating our youth and community about conservation and energy today will result in a more educated and conscientious consumer tomorrow.”

For information about Stewardship Week and conservation, contact Stephenson SWCD at 815-235-2161, ext. 3. You can visit to learn more about NACD and Stewardship Week. Find opportunities to be a part of “Conservation’s Power.” Volunteer with your local conservation district to conduct activities at local schools, assist in their tree sales, or become an associate supervisor. By working together through various organizations, churches and schools, we can all be a part of “Conservation’s Power.”

from the April 25-May 1, 2007, issue

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