plant native perennials to restore biodiversity!
Over the weekend of May 6-7, 2019, news broke about the threat of extinction of as many as 1 million animal and plant species around the world. Scientists from the UN Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services published this dire report citing man’s negative impacts on nature in every corner of the planet, including New England, and of course, Massachusetts. Pesticides and loss of habitat due to overdevelopment, overconsumption, and climate change are the culprits.
In their report and the interviews that followed, scientists warned that the worst will happen if we do nothing to help nature and to restore biodiversity (which is essential for all life). These scientists did offer a sense of hope, as long as citizens act now to save/conserve/restore the environment.
This is what we at Meadowscaping for Biodiversity (MS4B) have been teaching students and adults since 2014! Everyone can do their part, by planting native plants in their yards, business properties and public parks.
Barbara and I were quoted in Sunday’s Boston Globe. (see story attached) We are recognized for commitment to native-plant gardening and healthy youth development. We could help other organizations receive that recognition too.
MS4B Boston Globe story
----Jean and Barbara
Good information on "How to start a butterfly garden," suggested by Sarah in Ms. Carey Davis' class at Learninghaven.com. We'll add: Plant only native plants that evolved with beneficial pollinators. Don't use plants that the nursery added pesticides to the soil. Never use toxic chemicals in your garden.
saving nature STARTS AT HOME
Why Native Plants?