We earthlings allocated 24 hours to think about you (yesterday) – a sort of birthday celebration mixed with considerations of all the things we have done or left undone as your caretakers
In the Northern Hemisphere we are overjoyed because you are springing back to life
(phew – you are managing despite all the pollutants we have devised)
We adore the variety of plants world wide and have moved them around without too much consideration for the environmental consequences of mixing aliens with natives – there are a number of species on the UK’s Invasive Plant list and it keeps growing – as do they!
Our native English oaks (Quercus robur) and sessile oak (Quercus petraea), along with Pine, Ash and Chesnut, are suffering very damaging plant pests and diseases, most of which have entered from abroad.
and Kew Gardens has a large grove of Oaks from all over the world – perhaps the non-native oaks will prove resistant and hybrids might be the ultimate answer? Even so, it would be as well to help keep as many pure species as possible, alive and well.
Blackthorn is a native shrub and flowering beautifully right now but the jury is still out on Tree bumblebees – Bombus hypnorum – 1. how did this species arrive here in 2001? 2. will it be a threat to native bees? So far it seems not but merely displays a penchant for birdnest boxes which are helping it thrive.
Even in decay, the earth wastes nothing and since re-cycling has been before our very eyes all this time, how and why did we not follow suit?
So dear creator of Earth – thank you for such abundance. For far too long we have sat back and carried on regardless – now we come face to face with the ratio of our own affluence and the consequential consumption of resources which costs both of us dearly.
Pledge: I know by my bins just how big a plastic footprint I have and much of that is involuntary packaging so I do opt for unpackaged/recyclable where possible but I rarely waste food and clothing has hung in my wardrobe despite fashions. I could ditch the dishwasher more often and electronic gizmos – and mostly I will try not to despair and think it’s all too late so what’s the use…
…For now it is sheer joy to walk the earth- and this year my care and concern is for our woodlands, by following a simple piece of advice to help stop the spread of diseases affecting native trees:
“If you brush the mud and leaves from your boots between visits to different parks, gardens and woodlands you can limit the spread of plant diseases between different places”. (The Forestry Commission)
- 9 Non-native Invasive Plants (Download PDF)
- Top Tree Pests & Diseases in the UK
- Introducing the Tree bumblebee (PDF)