House and Garden Magazine
- Location: NY
- Marching Since: March 21, 2006
We produce a magazine that is about design. We begin with houses and
gardens, and the lives we lead in and around them; we move out from there,
using design as a portal to our culture. We care about our own backyards,
but we believe in engaging with a larger world.
As gardeners, we live close to the earth. We are all too aware of our
changing climate. Plants bloom weeks earlier than they used to, and burn in
unaccustomed heat; droughts, storms and floods are more severe; pests, no
longer killed off by the frosts that once controlled them, are decimating
We believe that, in tending our gardens, we do not need to turn away from
the world. We can make a difference; individual actions can add up to a
powerful force. But we must decide to make our voices heard. The march is
one way of doing so. Another is by living more responsibly—and by signing up
for this march, we are pledging to do so.
On a personal note, I am dismayed that it is my generation that has
visited such degradation on our environment. We are creating a disaster. We
may not be alive to see the full catastrophic effects of our behavior. They
will be visited upon the children we love so dearly, and want so much to
protect. So why are we allowing our leaders—and ourselves—to desecrate our
planet? Are we sleep-walking?
We must raise our voices, in urgency—to say that we are willing to do
what needs to be done, no matter the sacrifice, to clean up our planet. We
must decide that we cherish this place we call home—and behave as though we
mean it—before it is too late.