Climate Change

WHAT ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE?

This page 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. It is also a place to share information about climate change and how it affects native plants.

CLIMATE CHANGE   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 Past President Joe Powelka outlined three steps in a past 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.” Read more… 

Evidence of Climate Change Biologists and ecologists from Boston University, University of Wisconsin and Harvard University recently published a comparison of data collected by naturalists Henry David Thoreau and Also Leopold and others which encompassed 161 years at two separate geographical points 930 miles apart. The comparison looked at relevant temperatures and first dates of blooming and recognized that these two things are out of sync.  When strongly interacting species – like birds and blooms – get out of sync with each other because they respond differently to climate change, the result can be devastating.

When strongly interacting species get out of sync with each other because they respond differently to climate change, the result can be devastating.

FACTOIDS Carol Andrews, past national 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. Read more factoids…

COMMENTS FROM WILD ONES MEMBERS

Once you’ve read what has already been included on this eco-page about climate change, send your climate change ideas, strategies, campaigns etc to be added to the page. As Wild Ones members send comments regarding climate change we’ll put them on our web site. Read comments…

WEB SITES TO INCREASE YOUR KNOWLEDGE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE Learn more…    

Also check out what the US EPA has to say about Climate Change Impacts and Adapting to Change.