How Maintaining Your Garden Can Help The Planet
Friday, February 16, 2018
“If you condense the earth's lifespan into 24 hours, that's 1 full day, then we have been here on this planet for ‘3 seconds’. And look what we've done.”
— Richard Williams
The scale of the environmental crisis is ginormous. To put it simply, in 3 seconds, we’ve destroyed 50% of the Earth’s natural ecosystems. Plants, animals, oceans, you name it and we’ve messed with it. With no habitable planets discovered as of yet, despite wide scale efforts, this is the only world we have for our children. However, we’ve effectively destroyed everything we teach our kids. It is predicted that within the next 10 – 15 years, every animal from our children’s story books is expected to go extinct.
Thankfully, all is not lost and humans are finally beginning to wake up to the reality that we’ve created. Extensive measures are being taken to protect the environment but there are even more needed to make a considerable difference. We need every able hand to play their part. It might seem a little absurd but maintaining your own garden or a community park is the least every person can do for Mother Nature.
How exactly is that supposed to work? Let us explain:
Plants contribute to the environment in many ways
a. They restore the atmospheric balance
Plants are natural preservers of the environment. They use light to execute photosynthesis where they inhale harmful gases like carbon dioxide and exhale useful ones like oxygen. They reverse the process during the night to help maintain equilibrium in the atmosphere. Plants are an extensive kingdom with thousands of species of various forms and sizes.
Keeping your garden maintained or planting some forms of flowers or shrubs in your house livens up the atmosphere at least in that specific area. Imagine, if every one were to create these small spaces the impact would be enormous.
b. They encourage wildlife expansion
If not for anything else, your home garden can allow birds to find safe nesting sites. It could also mean a piece of paradise for smaller animals like squirrels, rabbits etc. Of course you’ll have to be careful that they don’t damage the plants but in the end they are a creation of nature too and were placed to create balance. They tend to give back to the environment themselves by helping spread seeds and fertilizing the soil.
However, maintenance is key in order to help achieve these results. Only a well managed garden will encourage wild life to flourish.
c. Create an eye catching and soothing environment to live in
A properly trimmed, neatly organized garden creates a wonderful environment for humans too. Research has shown that meddling with nature has numerous psychological and health benefits for human beings. So in a way you’re doing yourself a favor.
In Gandhi’s words: “be the change you wish to see in the world”. The quote applies here quite literally. Earth needs you to plant and maintain your gardens, backyards or even potted plants to enhance the environment, encourage wildlife and create pieces of Zen and peace for yourselves.
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