Climate Change Responses
In the July issue of Cultivate we asked you what you think about climate change and how botanic gardens can be - and are - involved in assessing and mitigating it's impacts. We have had a lot of very interesting responses some of which are published here. If you would like to add your comment, click here!
Cultivate readers said:
"Encourage people and communities to plant more trees!!!!! Around homes, in cityscapes, everywhere possible."
"Plants, especially trees are nature's umbrellas. Not only they help to ward off the scorching heat they also help to reduce the impact of thudershowers, hailstorms etc thus protecting the soil. By transforming themselves as a "carbon sinK' they help check green house emissions and maintain environmental stability. So along with green house gas reductions, steps should taken at a global level to increase the global green cover. And through the botanical gardens, the general public, especially children can be made aware of the beneficial impact of plants on global well being."
"i think you should plant more trees.meet the various governments in the world especially those in the third world,particularly Africa,and give them the negative impacts of destroying the forest without replanting.Give them the positive impact of green vegetation."
"My college has got an arboretum where we have planted around 100 different tree species, each species occupying a line. Around one dozen numbers of a species are planted in a single line. As a part of the Dendrology course our under graduate (B Sc Forestry) students are taken there for tree identification. This arboretum is also open to general visitors who want to know more about tropical trees."
"Botanical gardens of the world should be united and share experiences also, make more and more botanical gardens and conserve the plants for the world. Community forest, global ecological zones, government forest, privat land etc should be preserved and more plantation or protection of forest is urgent. Only green lands and forest can controll global warming.Discourage the corbondioxide gas emission, live in simple life and love the nature.How can we control more wider roads, private vehicles, industries imiting gas, pesticide and other hazardous chemicals? water shortage is becoming crucial and ice is melting in faster rate than in any moment in the history, forest are vanishing, forest fire becoming frequent. In most cases the first step of development is to cut a tree in underdeveloped country.
Climate Change and Plant Conservation
Climate change is already happening and is predicted to get much worse. This page outlines the effects that climate change may have on plant communities, and thus the threats to the well-being of human societies that depend on them.
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Download the Gran Canaria Declaration on Climate Change as a PDF
In issuing its ‘Gran Canaria Declaration on Climate Change and Plant Conservation’ the Gran Canaria Group, whose membership is drawn from major biodiversity conservation organisations around the world, calls on the international community to take urgent action to protect global plant diversity.
The No-nonsense Guide to Climate Change (Dinyar Godrej, 2001)
This easy to read overview of climate change sifts scientific theory from scientific fact and presents the impacts on health, farming and wildlife, along with an analysis of political negotiations on the issue and potential solutions to it.