WHAT ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE?
This ecopage was established as a place for Wild Ones members to voice their opinions and concerns about climate change and the effect on native plants and the biodiversified community of which they are part. Please take a few minutes to read what has already been included and then send your climate change ideas, strategies, campaigns etc to be added to the page.
NEIL DIBOLL'S PRESENTATION
On the last day of the 2008 Wild Ones Annual Meeting, a Sunday morning, the closing plenary thoughts were delivered by the keynote speaker, and newly nominated Honorary Director, Neil Diboll, with enthusiastic audience participation, in what turned out to be a heady consciousness-raising meeting. Click here for more about this presentation.
One major item not mentioned in most press releases, editorial comments and other related news media with regard to climate change is maintenance of landscaping. Namely, not using leaf blowers and electric pruners, not mowing lawns more than once a week and/or instead using human propelled mowers. Using native plants and no mow grass to eliminate the need for additives such as fertilizer, herbicides, insecticides and water. These are all things which could be easily accomplished right now and would greatly help to reduce the carbon footprint.
CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATIVE PLANTS IN OUR LANDSCAPES
National Wild Ones President Joe Powelka outlined three steps in the March/April issue of the Wild Ones Journal. Joe stated, "besides the basic individual responsibilities to conserve resources and reduce our consumption, we should have as our primary focus the use of native plants in our landscapes. Native landscapes offer the following three global warming solutions, among others." Click here to read.
Carol Andrews, national Vice-President, provides us with some facts related to causes of climate change. For example, each weekend, about 54 million Americans mow their lawns, use 800 million gallons of gas per year and produce tons of air pollutants. Clean air web site. Garden equipment engines, which have had unregulated emissions until very recently, emit high levels of carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides, producing up to 5% of the nation's air pollution and a good deal more in metropolitan areas. Click here for more factoids.
COMMENTS FROM WILD ONES MEMBERS
As Wild Ones members send comments regarding climate change we'll put them on our web site. Click here to read some of them.
WEB SITES TO INCREASE YOUR KNOWLEDGE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE
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OTHER LINKS OF INTEREST
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