The natural world is in danger and we all need to think more about the role we play in preserving it. The way we live has a daily impact on the planet and our local area so we must consider how to manage that impact safely.
Nature is resilient. Animals will live wherever they can find a home and plants will grow wherever there are nutrients to absorb. This is great news because it means that often, all we need to do is create the right conditions and nature will do its thing. Just as you can’t live without your home comforts, nature won’t prosper without the proper care.
So, what can you do to help?
Be Compassionate Towards Nature
People can be really aggressive when nature knocks on the door. Bug bats are commonplace and lots of people are quite happy to hoover up spiders, despite the number of household pests they deal with themselves. Weed killers are also a big problem as herbicides affect the whole area you spray and will contaminate the soil too.
So what is the solution? Tolerance should definitely factor in. You don’t have to like spiders but chucking them out is far better than killing them. Similarly, if you don’t like flying bugs, citronella candles will put them off visiting while you’re around. If you really need to get rid of a pest, try searching for a more ethical option. For example, bee removal doesn’t need chemicals, it just needs a more promising home for the bees to move into!
Learn the Benefits of Welcoming Nature Inside
One of the best things you can do to better support nature is to change your habits. So, if you are using a lot of harsh chemicals around the house, you might consider switching to homemade cleaning products using natural ingredients like vinegar and baking soda.
You might also reconsider how you welcome nature into your house. Houseplants are a great addition to any room and can hugely benefit your whole family. Houseplants improve the quality of the air in your home and can even reduce stress. Plants are also natural humidifiers so can help to keep your home cool when the weather outside is hot and dry.
Show Your Support
Doing your bit is really important but supporting larger schemes is vital. We all need to make big changes and that isn’t going to happen if we are all working individually. There are lots of charities that are investing in larger projects to improve the environment and local climate. Offering your support is a great way to make a bigger difference in the world.
The natural world is under threat and the more we try to control and tame it, the worse things are going to get. Instead, learning to live with nature and to make more subtle changes will help us to find a better balance between humans and the wild. Your small contribution might not feel like a lot but just sharing your attitude could make all the difference in the world.