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Plant Conservation Helps Resilience

We all share the same planet and precious resources, so it is up to us to make the most of our environment without ruining it for future generations. Whether we look at plants in from urban and city streets. to gardens, backyards and farms to mountains and wilderness, we all need to address pressing conservation issues and so help preserve the planets fabulous biological heritage.

For the best way to protect people and the planet from major changes which impact future generations such as climate change, it is important to both conserve and encourage biodiversity, not just in farms and forests, but also in our seas and oceans. We are still discovering how much of our life on planet earth is interlinked is some way or another, often in a way which is not immediately obvious. Having a wide range of plant and animal life helps increase biodiversity which can make our fragile ecosystem more resilient to environmental changes, such as long-term flooding or prolonged periods of drought. This is essential as we slowly see the effects of global warming and increased temperatures and extremes of drought and floods are becoming more widespread.

Legacy or older varieties of crops and ornamental plants are important to conserve, even in these days of hybrids and gene manipulation. Often some important genetic traits are lost in the rush to commercialize horticulture. If you are in areas where there are older varieties still surviving, do your part in conserving them. Having some basic guidelines when in areas where there are rare foliage makes sense. It is important not to collect or damage plants in the wild, or to purchase wild animals or birds, from trappers who have poached them from their natural environment, after all, they help pollinate flowers and trees and help by dispersing seeds of many different plants over a wider area.