We need to recognize that extreme weather events, massive extinction of species, destruction of our soils and food webs, pollution of our water and air, and pandemics are natural consequences of our collective actions against nature. Humans are not separate from nature, rather we are a part of it. It’s all connected.
But with Earth Day and other annual spring and conservation-related events cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, what can we do to help save the world? Here are some resources to explore while we are under a stay-at-home order.
The first three are a newspaper article, a keynote address, and a book all by Douglas W. Tallamy, professor of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware.
“Welcome bugs into your yard - you might just save the world,” published in the Washington Post on Feb. 20, 2020; “Restoring the Little Things that Run the World: Why it Matters and What We Can Do.” keynote address at the Northern California Native Plant Symposium in September 2019 (youtube.com/watch?v=bF5e-vyKLw0); and “Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard,” published this year.
The California Native Plants Society’s annual Wildflower Show -- whose theme this year was to be “Climate Crisis – What Can I Do?” –has been cancelled. But the scheduled keynote speaker, Mary Ellen Hannibal, has written a book, “Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction).”
Tri-Valley Citizen’s Climate Education, which was forced to cancel last month’s meeting, will instead host a virtual meeting on “Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Project Drawdown,” with environmental speaker Tony Green, on April 23. For more information on the meeting, go to https://trivalleycce.org/zoom-meetin-information).
Some online sites are offering virtual garden tours, including bringingbackthenatives.net and gngt.org. The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (cnps-scv.org) also has links to YouTube videos and slides from more than 100 talks on gardening, including “Creating a Conceptual Plan for a Native Garden,” “Biodiversity, Native Plants, and You,” “Native Plants and Pollinator Gardens,” “Locally Native Plants for Home Gardens,” “The Lawn is Dead, Now What,” and “Lawn Removal & Native Garden Installation.”
Lastly, here are some more websites that may be of interest: cnps.org/gardening, ebcnps.org, Xerces.org, plantright.org, granadanativegarden, facebook.com/primrosewaypollinatorgarden, mattritter.net/california-plants, laspilitas.com, yerbabuenanursery.com, lindavistanatives.com, and californianativeplants.com.