I grew up on a farm near the confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers in Eastern Washington. Farm life makes you very aware of nature and its beauty, the value and responsibility of caring for the land, and the critical importance of water for humans, crops and animals. Today, living in the city, I still love spending time outdoors, and I enjoy hiking, skiing, and biking. Advocacy work has been important to me since I was young, and I support Environment Washington because their concern for the protection of our lands and oceans deeply resonates with me. I encourage everyone to care for our environment because every aspect of our lives depends upon it, and we are the ones responsible for its care and preservation.