ROCKFORD (WTVO) – Climate change and sustainability have been topics talked about on a global scale and Saturday the Forest City joined the conversation.
Spots across the city took part in Rockford’s Sustainability Summit.
Topics like reducing waste, environmentally friendly transportation, and even how what we eat affects the environment were talked about.
This is all in an effort to educate residents on ways to keep the Forest City green.
One threat to the local ecosystem experts spoke about was non-native plant life taking over and edging out native species.
There are ways residents can help combat that threat right in their own backyard.
“By planting native flowers, wild flowers, grasses, trees, shrubs so that the native animals, insects and other little organisms that you can’t even see all the way up to birds and mammals will have a healthy environment to thrive”, Natural Land Institute’s Director of Marketing and Membership, Kim Johnsen said.
If you want to get involved and help remove non native plants you can join the the Natural Land Institute for their Stewardship Days.