Seems we’re all riding with black sails these days: a crew seemingly damned. (Som say we were previously captained by a man so evil - Hell itself spat him back out. Thank the seas for Obama who now takes the helm to repeal Earth-endangering laws)!
Now’s time for change and here’s how I know.
Scientists have been drilling deep in Greenland and in the Arctic. What they found there tells Earth’s story these past 400 thousand years. Reading those samples like one might count tree rings and observing how much CO2 was in the atmosphere what year and when . . . we now know (with certainty) that planet Earth is heating up; its verifiable.
Not only that . . . but the plants and animals are speaking to us in this same regard; as they are very deeply connected to the seasons. Here’s just a trinket for examples:
- * 75% of the world’s butterflies are now coming out of the cocoon to take flight 24 days earlier each year (that’s nearly a month early).
- Wisconsin (good at documenting this kind of thing) has seen forest phlox blooms 18 days earlier than 50 years ago. Butterfly weed blooms 18 days earlier. Columbine? 13 days earlier.
- Five species of dragonfly have moved north into Florida from Cuba and the Bahamas. (So much more evidence but I cannot possibly fit it on this little scalliwag of a blog!)
I tend to free-flow through life and figure if some strange plant or animal wants to migrate into my neighborhood the “so be it.” The more the merrier. What’s more, I’d love to be able to bask in a warmer climate, grow a palm tree for a change (and especially look forward to a longer growing season.
HERE’s THE CATCH THOUGH
Undesirable species tend to thrive in warmer climates (tree-killing beetles, invasive vines, etc.). While the drought season gets drier, the rainy season rains harder. Native species of birds and plants DISAPPEAR.
WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT
Plant variety in your yard so if one species of plant is no longer able to survive perhaps another helpful species will thrive in its place. Choose plants for your yard that feed the native wild animals – as they may be losing food resources with subtle changes.
TAKE MORE GARDENING ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
- * Help document YOUR careful observations of the first leafing, first flower, and first fruit ripening of a diversity of trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses in your local area: Project BudBurst
- * Plant more natives. Search for native plant info by plant traits or names, browse through 23,000 native plant images: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- * Explore the National Gardening Association website (possibly join the organization).
WHO KNOWS. Maybe eventually we'll be able to form our own: "Delicate Garden Club and Ladies Terrorist Group"
As always, today's image is hyperlinked to its original source. For more on pirate gardening, see: http://www.progardenbiz.com/issues/v1issue2/Pirate-Gardeners-Fun-JFF12.html