Today is World Earth Day with the theme this year being ‘Protect our Species’. Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity.
@earthdaynetwork is asking people to join their Protect our Species campaign. The goals are to:
- Educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.
- Achieve major policy victories that protect broad groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats.
- Build and activate a global movement that embraces nature and its values.
- Encourage individual actions such as adopting plant based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use.
In recent months I have become increasingly interested in the idea of re-wilding. Not just on large scale projects such as in the Highlands but in smaller more urban projects such as @the_rhs ‘Greening Grey Britain’ asking people to reverse the huge loss of green spaces as people have paved over their front gardens to make way for cars. Or groups such as @depavepdx looking to remove paving and break up tarmac in urban areas letting the earth come back to life which groups such as @living_waterway and @10xgreener have done here in Hackney. There is so much that can be done to bring nature back in to our cities - whether it’s just having a window box with wildflowers to encourage bees or planting a native hedge it all helps... if you look closely at the picture you can see a nest with eggs that I discovered this morning... I planted a Jasmine a couple of years ago and it’s grown massive! Whilst I loved how many insects it attracted I never expected it would provide a space for a wood pigeon to nest - if you build it they will come! we’ve taken over the habitats of so many animals it seems only fair we start to share the space ✌🏼💚🌎 ...
What a glorious day! All our creatures seemed to enjoy it (swipe for the newt farm- any chance that could be a 'thing'?!) I love that we have a pond full of tiny dinosaurs, even if it is at the expense of our tadpoles! 😁🐸
(We dug our pond less than 6 years ago: if you'd like a wildlife pond, but are putting it off for some reason... DON'T! #ifyoubuildittheywillcome !) #100dayproject#the100dayproject#wildlifepond#newts#newt (NOT flippin' JK Rowling!) #pond ...