Gardening with Nature
The return to Volunteerism – the ‘new environmentalist’, young or old, is looking for good causes to create a healthy future for generations to come. All over the world people are stepping up to create a livable future through environmental movements and becoming Earth Guardians advocating zero waste, upcycling, re-commerce and conscious consumption. Recycling isn’t new but expectations are. A world-wide shift is zeroing in on the need for sustainable solutions:
- 500 million plastic straws are discarded daily – bans on plastic are sweeping the world
- Food is the largest waste in landfills – one solution is to make compost – this will reduce household waste by almost 40%.
- Composting is the new ‘recycling’ making healthy food to help Mother Earth survive and thrive!
Some American teens are even selecting schools based on sustainability!
Silence of the Insects – 56 years ago Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” warned of bird die-offs from the aerial spraying of pesticides as an environmental crisis. Today a new biocrisis is emerging – the population of flying insects has declined by 75% in the past 30 years. The UN warns 40% of pollinators, particularly bees and butterflies, risk global extinction. We can help by planting an insect garden, letting a small part of your garden go wild, adding a pond and/or compost heap to offer additional habitats and being mindful about pesticide use.
Invasives are still thriving in South Africa– the best defense in dealing with them is early detection and rapid response.