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Homegrown National Park, is a grassroots call-to action to regenerate biodiversity and ecosystem function by planting native plants and creating new ecological networks.

Planting Native trees and flowers, create a habitat that supports and sustains the insect life (bugs, bees, butterflies, ants) which in turn supports the bird life and other creatures and ultinmately human life.

“In the past, we have asked one thing of our gardens: that they be pretty. Now they have to support life, sequester carbon, feed pollinators and manage water.”
— DOUG TALLAMY

Refer to https://homegrownnationalpark.org/  

Also look at Backyard Habitats  https://backyardhabitats.org/2021/03/make-your-outdoor-space-welcoming-for-birds-and-beneficial-insects/

 

IS THERE HOPE FOR POLLINATORS?

“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” – Carl Sagan 

A solution… Homegrown National Parks! Plummeting insect numbers — 80% of insect biomass of has DISAPPEARED in 25-30 years — 41 % of global insect species have gone EXTINCT over the past decade! This foretells a life-threatening, catastrophic collapse of nature because, without insects, the global food supply collapses! The rate of extinction of insects, ESSENTIAL for the proper functioning of ALL ecosystems, as food for other creatures, pollinators, soil health maintenance, and recyclers of nutrients — is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. One scientific paper says: “Insect trends confirm that the sixth major extinction event is profoundly impacting [on] life forms on our planet.

“Unless we change our ways of producing food, insects as a whole will go down the path of extinction in a few decades,” they write. “The repercussions this will have for the planet’s ecosystems are catastrophic to say the least. The need for an intense and global effort to halt and reverse these dreadful trends is urgent! 

Elements urgent to global ecosystem functions and services that need to be addressed, factors vital to our own survival, include: pesticide use, agriculture and deforestation resulting in habitat loss, predation by exotic, introduced animals and invasive plant/insect species, over-exploitation by hunters, poachers and the pet trade, the poisoning of “pest” animals in the wild, unbridled development, logging, fires, global warming, environmental and light pollution! 

THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CONSCIOUS LAND ETHIC which results in Ecologically Functional landscapes and restoration of NATIVE plant species habitat is an imperative! Industrial-scale, intensive agriculture, which sterilizes the soil, is killing our ecosystems. Love them or loathe them, we humans cannot survive without insects. 

Doug Tallamy… https://youtu.be/rU6xhsSwxVg

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/10/plummeting-insect-numbers-threaten-collapse-of-nature

Another barometer for the plight of global biodiversity? There are 2.9 billion fewer individual birds (29%) in North America than there were in 1970, and there is an estimated drop of 49 % in bird species worldwide! Out of the approximately 11,154 known bird species, 159 have become extinct, 226 are critically endangered, 461 are endangered, 800 are vulnerable and 1,018 are near threatened! https://phys.org/news/2022-09-world-birds-decline-species-faster.html

Here is a brilliant, easy solution EVERYONE can participate in… Homegrown National Park creations… https://whyagain.org/homegrown-park/

 

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