Nature is the inspiration and also the cautionary tale for living green. So if you want to live more sustainably, get out there soon and often.
Otherwise, you might forget that a piece of land in its natural state is not just a development opportunity, but habitat with ecological, recreational or scenic importance. You might not realize that the best thing to do with it could, conceivably, be nothing.
If you never get to know any indivdual plot of land well, you might not notice if the wildflower population changes or the songbirds begin arriving earlier in the year. Climate change might seem an indistinct and distant possiblity simply because you missed the signs.
Without nature in your life, you will be poorer in spirit and miss transformative experiences.
Read Getting in Touch and In the Bay of Whales to see what I mean by "transformative" and check out Wild Things for a discussion about the wildlife making a comeback in the suburbs—a difficult issue for many. Also see It's Not About the Honey to learn how dependent we can be on other species.
Saving Jamaica Bay
Good news for an urban wild land
- Wild Things
Out of the frying pan, into the fire
How to do it without harm to the whales
Vacation Ideas for Nature Lovers
Suggestions from fellow readers
The Fall Migration
The joys of birdwatching
- It's Not About the Honey
The risk to crops when bees disappear
Getting in Touch
Out of the garden and into the wild
- Restore the Night Sky
Do your lighting right
- Walk like Thoreau
The lost art of using our feet
- Share Your Nature Sightings
Fun for you, important for science