It’s impossible to turn on the TV or look at the internet without seeing stories of devastation from the latest weather related event. Climate change is forcing unheard of weather related disasters such as flooding to affect the lives of millions of people.
So where can you help? Can you help slow down the change? There are many changes that you probably have heard about such as using less plastics to stop pollution of the oceans, use less and recycle more, make wise choices when buying items and avoid single use products.
But there are also changes you can make in your own gardens. It doesn’t matter if you only have a few plant pots on a windowsill or balcony or a huge family garden. Every change we make, makes a difference.
Why is it important to make a change?
Climate change doesn’t only mean global warming.
It will also affect how much rain there is which will lead to floods or drought.
It will mean there are rising sea levels and problems with farming and food supply.
The most important thing is to get involved with any local and national activities to stop the devastating effects of climate change.
And what about at home?
Well here are some simple changes you can make with your family when you are thinking about your garden:
Collect Rainwater :Even in the driest parts of the UK you can collect rain water from your drainpipes. The average water butt holds around 160 litres and refills very quickly, leaving you with more than enough to feed your garden.
Hang Up Bird Feeders :There’s no better way to control slugs, snails, caterpillars and other insects that want to eat your plants, than inviting birds to feast on them. Place a few bird feeders and nesting homes around your garden to encourage them to come down and visit. This will avoid the use of pesticides to control unwanted insects eating your garden produce.
Use Native Plants :Try to use plants and flowers that are local to your area. You will see adverts for “wild flowers” but make sure they’ve been cultivated from seeds and not just dug up.
Make a Compost Heap : A compost heap is an area where you put leaves, fruit and vegetable peelings and garden waste until it rots down and creates a great ‘food’ for your garden soil. If you recycle general garden waste you will not only help reduce landfill waste, but will have a constant supply of fresh compost that can be used around your garden.