Efforts to tackle the dramatic loss of wildlife and biodiversity that is being seen all across the world. These are central to tackling the climate emergency. The two problems are inseparable. Ensuring local biodiversity and the abundance of natural habitats is essential for our future. While the recovery of nature is valuable in its own right, our green spaces also provide a balance for some of the effects of climate change. Effects such as flooding and drought.
Gardening can help us to regulate the Earth’s climate as well as providing sanctuary for pollinators, insects and birds.
Over the past 10 years, 44% of species have decreased in the UK. As well as being ecologically vital, green spaces contribute to our own health and wellbeing. By growing our own fruit and veg we are consuming organic, highly nutritious food. Above all, by spending time with nature we are connecting to the land in a way that gives us much needed relief from daily life.
No matter how small your garden – or windowsill – taking action will make a difference. For instance, with allotment space, community gardens or sharing excess produce, our green spaces also provide many opportunities to foster community resilience and connection.