Gardeners Fight Global Warming

By Charlie Nardozzi

Gardeners are naturally concerned about the environment, and one of the major environmental concerns on gardeners' minds is global warming. The issue seems so huge that people may feel paralyzed about what to do. To empower gardeners and enlist their involvement in working on the problem, the National Wildlife Federation has just published the Gardener's Guide to Global Warming: Challenges and Solutions. Not only does the guide suggest steps anyone can take in their garden to help, it also discusses the impact that global warming is expected to have on plants in different regions of the country.

Some of the suggested steps for home gardeners, such as reducing their use of gas-powered machines and tools, composting to reduce the amount of waste sent to the local landfill, and installing drip irrigation to reduce water use, are straightforward and not new. However, other suggestions, such as building a rain garden to capture storm water runoff from roofs and paved surfaces, and planting green roofs to reduce the need for air conditioning in summer, are newer approaches that are more involved.

According to NGA horticulturist Suzanne DeJohn, who contributed to the report, "Individual gardeners may think they can't make a real difference. But imagine if all (or even half) of the estimated 91 million gardeners nationwide took steps to reduce their energy consumption."

To see the entire report on how gardeners can help combat global warming, go to: National Wildlife Federation.

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