Through this blog I have tried to look at gardening as more than a personal pleasure. I have tried to show that responsible naturalistic gardening is of benefit not only to the human environment but to the natural environment as a whole. In Canada and around the world, urban-sprawl continues to pave over fields, forests and wetlands. On farms and in the city the inappropriate use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers are affecting our water, soil and air — all to the detriment of natural diversity. Preserving natural areas must be the primary goal, but gardens as habitat have the potential to partially mitigate some of the damage being done by our continued abuse of the natural world that supports us.
“It is a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives. The world is invited to take action in 2010 to safeguard the variety of life on earth: biodiversity”
From the web site Messages page:
You are an integral part of nature; your fate is tightly linked with biodiversity, the huge variety of other animals and plants, the places they live and their surrounding environments, all over the world.
You rely on this diversity of life to provide you with the food, fuel, medicine and other essentials you simply cannot live without. Yet this rich diversity is being lost at a greatly accelerated rate because of human activities. This impoverishes us all and weakens the ability of the living systems, on which we depend, to resist growing threats such as climate change.
2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity, and people all over the world are working to safeguard this irreplaceable natural wealth and reduce biodiversity loss. This is vital for current and future human wellbeing. We need to do more. Now is the time to act.
And how to act? Support local, national and international conservation organizations (see sidebar for some suggestions) and GO WILD IN THE GARDEN!!!