May is the first month of the Summer and boy is it going to be a different one in 2020! But let's look on the bright side, it's the time of year for lots of flowers, busy bees in the gardens and growing of fruits and veggies. Biodiversity is essential for a balanced world. It is essential for human health and well-being. Variety is the key to our food chain and life on Earth. So for the month of May, we are celebrating biodiversity and the importance of creating and keeping the breadth of species on our planet. 1. How do I create a more biodiverse home? Every small step helps. You do not need a big back garden. Start with potted plants on your windowsills, both inside and out. Pollinators like bees, insects and butterflies are essential for helping biodiversity and need pitstops between gardens to refuel. 2. Take a look at Biodiversity Ireland. Here you can help record any sightings of flora and fauna in your area. This helps to track and protect important wildlife in Ireland. On their website, you can find crash courses on the types of bees and butterflies found in Ireland. This is especially a hit with kids on their nature walks outside. Take a look here. 3. Be careful of invasive species. These are non-native species that have been introduced by human intervention, outside their natural range and that has the ability to threaten our native wildlife, cause damage to our environment, economy or human health. So when you are gardening try choosing native plants to your area. You can also purchase Irish Wild Flower Bombs here, pollinators especially love these!
4. Unfortunately, Bloom 2020 has been cancelled due to Covid-19. Bloom is a huge gardening event supporting all things Irish from horticulture to food and drink. We were lucky enough to attend and have a garden in Bloom 2019. Earthology helped the Irish Girl Guides to build their #pledgeagainstplastic garden. We used everyday plastic items you would find at home to build furniture from eco-bricks and create pots for plants from plastic bottles. Take a look to see our Bloom Garden 2019.
So this year, try to educate yourself on the importance of biodiversity and how the little steps we do can make a huge impact on the help of our wildlife.
Things to Check Out
1. On the 22nd of May, it is International Day for Biological Diversity. This is number 15 out of the 17 UN SDG's (UN Sustainable Developmental Goals). Because it's an SDG, it highlights the importance that we should place on biodiversity for our health and the health of the planet. You can check out this SDG here. 2. Spy on some of the world's greatest creature's from the comfort of your home. Explore.org have multiple cameras set up across the world to spot wildlife and nature. From giant elephants to adorable puppies you can see them all here. You can also check out WildEarth Tv on Youtube for lot's more videos.
3. Become Fashion Forward and take a look at The Fashion Transparency Index 2020. They have reviewed 250 of the world's largest fashion brands and retailers and ranked them according to how much they disclose about their social and environmental policies, practices and impacts.
Online Events In May
1. Let's Talk Sustainability is an online event happening on the 5th of May. Rachel Fortune, founder of Sustainable Lifestyle Awards, will be exploring how little changes make a big difference. You can register here.
2. Our Plant Our Health is a virtual event taking place on the 21st of May. Kate Jones, a professor in Ecology and Biodiversity from the University College London is hosting this event, in line with International Day for Biological Diversity. Book in here. 3. If you are curious and want to learn more about the UN SDG's. You should check out this event happening on the 15th of May, Human Rights, The Sustainable Development Goals and The Law.
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