During this frightening time of drought and water restrictions, there is nothing that slaps Mother Nature in the face quite like a bright, lush lawn. These people with flourishing lawns empty their bank accounts to make sure they have the most useless thing under the sun – an eighth of an acre of green stuff.
Get with the times! Hybrid cars! Energy-efficient appliances!
It is the time for saving resources and keeping an extra buck in your pocket, not worrying about what the neighbors will think if you let your grass go.
A homeowner may respond, “What business is it of yours what I do with my lawn?”
While I will not tell people what to do, or attempt to limit their freedom, we cannot be afraid to speak up when others engage in behaviors that may not be best for the community as a whole, as in this case, where our consumption of water is an issue for all of Emporia.
And while this is probably not as important to us college students who have yet to own property, we must still pay to attend Emporia State’s decisions when it comes to its efficiency with resources as well as its presentation.
That’s right. ESU is doing work on the lawn. And while I understand that it will be important to make our campus look as appealing as possible for prospective students, I also understand that a healthy lawn is not the only way to make an appealing landscape.
It just takes a quick Google search to see a list of other options. Mulch, decorative rocks, and especially trees and hearty shrubs are just a few beautifying and earth-friendly alternatives – which could act as a selling-point for the university.
Whatever ESU decides, I certainly hope they choose something responsible, sustainable and beautiful. Whether it is someone’s home or an institution, one thing is for sure: there is no point in fighting nature. Accept defeat with dignity.