Here at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens we know the value of a garden.
We work to create welcoming habitats for wildlife with native plants. We know that when we all create healthy gardens this helps create healthy ecosystems. And healthy ecosystems create a healthy planet.
We know that native plants support local foodwebs which feed the wildlife and increases biodiversity.
We know that providing opportunities for children to be connected to nature is healthy for them, and teaches them to respect the earth and its creatures. And provides the spark that will produce our next generation of environmentalists, conservationists, and stewards of the earth.
Stewardship is defined as the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.
The health of our planet has been entrusted to our care. Do you think we’re practicing careful and responsible management? Maybe not so much, but we can learn to do better.
But this cannot happen unless each of us takes responsibility to become a steward of their own little piece of the earth.
I’ve been saying for years that if each one of us did just one thing in our gardens that would benefit wildlife, that the world would be a much healthier place. When we create welcoming habitat for wildlife we are also creating healthy ecosystems, without which we humans cannot survive.
Our gardens can feed us, support wildlife, and soothe our weary souls. Do not underestimate the power of a garden!
Dr.Vandana Shiva is an advocate of global, visionary solutions for a secure and sustainable food and energy future, and also knows the value of a garden. Watch her short video to find out why the backyard gardener is the hero in the struggle to save the planet:
I’d love to hear your ideas about how we can become better stewards of our own little piece of Mother Earth. How do you manage your garden to make the world around you a better place?
Carole Sevilla Brown lives in Philadelphia, PA, and she travels the country speaking about Ecosystem Gardening for Wildlife. Check out her new free online course Ecosystem Gardening Essentials, 15 free lessons delivered to your inbox every week.
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