This natural balance has worked very nicely for millennia. That is until humans got greedy and began destroying more and more native habitats to make way for farming, development, and urbanization.
Flowering bushes, weeds, wildflowers, and grasses have made a valiant effort to survive. However, between herbicides killing them off and invasive species choking them out, plants and trees face a constant struggle. In addition to our mindless devastation of ecosystems, human-made pollution, chemicals, and pesticides add to the ongoing destruction of the land and plants.
As habitat dwindles away, so do the creatures.
As of February 2023, 941 species of plants have been identified as threatened or endangered, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ Environmental Conservation Online System.
Their list of imperiled species also includes 101 birds, 39 amphibians, and 92 insects. When you include mammals, fish, reptiles, worms, etc., the grand total amounts to 737 animals.
How Can We Correct the Damage?
Educating yourself in a particular area of interest is about getting a sense of the big picture. It means understanding the Who, What, Why, When, Where, and How.
One of the Latin meanings of the root word of education is “to train,” and the other is “to draw out.” Gaining knowledge about environmental conservation is part of the process of training yourself in this area of interest. The more you learn, you discover it begins to draw out of you an understanding of pollinators, other creatures, native plants, nature’s balance, and their importance that surpasses knowledge alone.
No matter how much you dream about doing something, there’s nothing like encouragement to get you up off the couch. Our desire is to ramp up your enthusiasm, in other words, to light a fire under you!
We want our blog to be a source of encouragement for you. There are many ways to participate in helping Mother Nature. You may be fortunate enough to have property where you can create a pollinator garden. If not, you may have other opportunities to make a difference or skills that would make you an asset to an organization dedicated to making a difference. These are only two of the ways your skills might be used to Stop the Destruction of and Start Restoring your little piece of our beautiful world.
Gaining the knowledge and the confidence to move forward onto a chosen path to realize your dream of making a difference in the lives of plants and animals and the stability of our planet is how you achieve empowerment.
Once you reach this point in your journey, you are unstoppable! With people like you, we can become a never-ending force of nature ourselves to restore the balance of nature!
Sweet & Sassy Scribblers … on Conservation