Changing the World with Jolyn Landrie

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My name is Jolyn Landrie and I am a native of Connecticut, but currently live in Southern Florida. jolyn landrie

I have been passionate about the natural world, especially animals, my entire life. As a child, playing in the woods was the best. Whether furry, feathered, scaly, leafy, 6 legs or 8, I was enamored with watching and learning all I could about these living creatures. As an adult, that hasn’t changed. I have a background in biology, wildlife research, wildlife rehab, veterinarian science, and youth education teaching about the importance of caring for our ecosystem.

Being outdoors is my happy place. Hiking, kayaking, climbing, and snorkeling fill up my free time. On all of my excursions, I sadly started to notice something horrible, trash everywhere. I find it in the water, up trees, on the beach, wrapped around wildlife, everywhere. I began to get extremely angry. How can we have so much disrespect for our beautiful planet? Instead of just getting mad and complaining, I decided to do something about it. Every morning I get up and clean the parks, beaches, rivers, trails, side of the road, you name it. It is infuriating how quickly you can fill up 30 gallon containers with trash that has been thrown on the ground. 

Cleaning up wasn’t enough though, I knew I could do more. I started working with government and community organizations to try and improve and enforce environmental laws. This has not been an easy fight. It is inconceivable to me that so many people who are in charge of our natural areas couldn’t care less. My tenacity is unwavering though, and I have no issue with being as annoying as possible for however long it takes. Nobody ever changed anything by keeping their mouth shut.

The most important thing I do is education, especially with young people. Working with youth groups and teaching them ways to be better to the planet, is key to the future of it. I wish I had a dollar for every time I hear, “wow, I never thought about that before,” when referring to garbage. That is why it is so important to get out into the community and educate. I teach ways to reduce waste, how to reuse and recycle, and clean up trash when it’s on the ground. These are all easy steps, but we just have to make people aware of them. This is a task that is most important for me to accomplish everyday.

Trying to keep our beautiful planet clean and protected has become my calling. It is a difficult and frustrating job, but it is so worth it. One thing that keeps me motivated is my fellow Eco-Warriors on social media. There are so many amazing humans around the world busting their butts everyday to keep our natural world protected. I send my absolute love and appreciation to all of you, thank you for encouraging me everyday. We can all be better to our planet, if we start with small changes, they will always become big ones.

 

Tara LaSalla

Tara is the owner of Green Me Locally which was established in 2010 with a mission to bring awareness to the surrounding community about local eco-friendly businesses, events and sustainable living. She is also a business profitability consultant and specializes in helping companies lower their environmental impact, do good things for people and the planet and become more profitable at the same time. Tara helps companies create simple, sustainable solutions and become totally green while still increasing their profits. Her core belief is that we only have one planet, so it is our obligation to start making changes for the sake of our health and the health of future generations. Tara is known for creating easy solutions for post-consumer waste and the conservation of natural resources. Her clients are inspired and empowered to lead the way to a healthier tomorrow. Tara currently resides in St. Petersburg, FL where she is an active community leader in the form of environmental and marine conservation and education. Her work with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Tampa Bay Watch and other local organizations continues to inspire those around her to protect our natural resources. She holds true to one of Mahatma Gandhi's most famous principles: "Be the change you want to see in the world."

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