Submitted by Jennifer McIntosh on Sun, 2017-06-04 00:00

I was not aware that so many scientists and conservationists are working on protecting our waterways and drinking water.  We have got to protect our water presently and for future generations.  If the ecosystems can't thrive, that will affect the ecosystem services that we are used to.  It may cost more up front to protect these ecosystems, but in the long run it will not be as costly.  I would like to see and hear more about the efforts that are being done to preserve our ecosystems so that the general public is made aware of how important they are to the sustainability of these ecosystems.  I hear too many people say, "Not my problem."  It is everybody's problem and responsibility to protect our ecosystems, environments and the Earth that these are part of.  The MILES Project seems to be doing so much to conserve these ecosystems that I was not even aware of.  I hope to incorporate the lessons I learn into teaching moments in my classroom that can help my students become conservationists.