Congratulations to our latest round of Earth Defenders! A big thank you to these five individuals who are making a difference for our environment. They each won a Minnesota United FC prize pack. Read excerpts from their entry below to learn how they are playing their part:

Alex Cooper of Eden Prairie

Playing His Part: I volunteer as the treasurer for Aeon for Ocean, a non-profit where we empower kids to teach other kids about the world’s oceans, their actions here which have a global impact, awareness of ocean wildlife and cleaning up area parks of pollution. I utilize my accounting skills to bring in donations and work on grant funding.

Tina Scott of Minneapolis

Playing Her Part: I am a horticulturist. I chose this profession because I’ve always loved being outside and being with nature. I get paid to beautify the environment and help it at the same time. I select plants for pollinators and birds. I don’t use pesticides or fertilizers. I try to educate others on more sustainable practices for lawn gardening at their own homes.

Dawn Sorenson of Winsted

Playing Her Part: I provide a wide variety of flowers and shelter for bees and butterflies in my yard. I don’t use pesticides on the lawn, so bees won’t be adversely affected by them. At school I work hard to get my students to recycle properly. I also help them fix up the gardens and outdoor spaces at school.

Joe Palke of Lino Lakes

Playing His Part: I am in charge of the community garden at the elementary school that I teach at. I am able to teach young kids about how to grow vegetables in a small space while also producing food for our community food shelf.

Alissa Mack of Elmore

Playing Her Part: I am involved with the Forever Green Initiative at the University of Minnesota, which is a critical piece of the puzzle for changing the landscape in Minnesota. I send correspondence (emails, postcards) to our local senators to get more funding from the USDA to support the University of Minnesota's goals. I also implement the basic idea of cover cropping and over-winter cover crop fertilizing on a smaller scale in my gardens at home.