The collective human footprint on Earth’s environment may be growing larger every year, but here’s some good news: so is our knowledge of what we can do to make things better. If you’re a world leader (…reading this blog…it could happen…) then please get to work reversing global warming; I suggest a planet-wide switch to organic agriculture. As for the rest of us, we can start quite literally in our own back yards. How eco-friendly is yours?
The environment outside each of our doors is (or was once) inhabited by a complex web of interdependent life forms. Bacteria, fungi, insects, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals evolved slowly, over periods of time tens of thousands to millions of years long. Consider what happens to insects that evolved in your specific region when their habitat and food supply were replaced by pavement, buildings and alien plants brought there from the other side of the globe. What about the native birds that used to eat those native insects and plants? Each species forms a strand in the interconnected web of life.
We can help strengthen this web by planting native flowers, vines, shrubs and trees in our gardens. Native plants offer the specialized support needed by native insects, birds and other creatures in our environment.