In the face of problems like air pollution, global warming and toxic waste, it is easy to feel discouraged about the environment, said a Salt Lake author in a lecture Saturday afternoon at the University of Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

Terry Tempest Williams, author and naturalist-in-residence at the Utah Museum of Natural History, urged those in attendance to begin small and be committed to solving the problems facing the environment."I still believe that a small group of committed citizens can change the world," said Williams. She cited several examples of people who have made a difference by organizing their neighbors and believing in their cause.

"These are difficult times, and I think it's easy to become incapacitated by them," said Williams.

"Who will save the world for us?" she asked. "I think the lesson that we are learning is that we must do it for ourselves."

"There is a real world that is really dying, and I think we need to really think about that," said Williams. She cited as an example of personal commitment Wangari Maathai, coordinator of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya. She asked what could be more conservative than planting a tree or saying "earth first?"

Williams said individuals can make a difference if they will just try. For more information about recycling, the following phone numbers were provided:

Salt Lake City Mayor's recycling committee, 484-8352, 581-8938; Salt Lake City Avenues Recycling Project, 364-2971; Sandy, 561-6719; South Jordan, 254-3752; South Salt Lake, 483-6000; West Jordan, 561-2352; and West Valley City, 966-3600.