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Global Impact Can be Observed in Microcosm in Your Local Public Garden
A great follow-up read from the New York Times in light of the recent Paris Agreement news...
Seven Simple Guidelines for Thinking About Carbon Emissions
By JOSH KATZ and JENNIFER DANIEL
"Global climate: it’s complicated. Any long-term solution will require profound changes in how we generate energy. At the same time, there are everyday things that you can do to reduce your personal contribution to a warming planet. Here are seven simple guidelines on how your choices today affect the climate tomorrow...."
American Public Gardens Association and NOAA Partner to Enhance Climate Change Awareness
NOAA and APGA launched a broad agreement regarding climate change programming. It links NOAA’s internationally recognized climate services and APGA’s public gardens, which receive more than seventy million visitors a year.
American Public Gardens Association members are leaders dedicated to the conservation of and education about the earth’s flora and fauna. Member gardens are uniquely qualified to share science-based, non-partisan information and facilitate outreach to engage visitors in sustainable solutions to climate change.
Public gardens occupy a critical place in the discussion surrounding pollinator health. They perform research related to plant conservation and pollinator protection, join forces with other public or private institutions to promote awareness of the issue, and educate millions of their own visitors on plant conservation and pollinator protection. This all occurs against a backdrop of intentionally designed and managed spaces where the best tools are needed to achieve the highest aesthetic value.
As conservation leaders, public gardens individually and collectively lead by example to identify and mitigate critical threats to ecosystems, particularly as it pertains to biodiversity.
American Public Gardens Association is committed to providing member gardens with support for communicating about the impacts of climate change on plants and the ecosystems we all depend upon. Many gardens are sharing their research and recommended solutions to biodiversity loss through conservation efforts.
At the intersection of nature, culture and community, public gardens are uniquely positioned to lead the transition to a sustainable future. The Public Garden Sustainability Index is an industry-specific tool to help gardens large and small meaningfully act upon the opportunity and fulfill the evolving stewardship responsibility that lies at the core of our collective mission. Environmental goals are realistic only when conceived within a broader perspective that encompasses Environmental, Social, and Financial Sustainability.