Make your own green space

Have you ever wondered why the green movement is called the ‘Green Movement’? The ethics of protecting the environment we live in is about looking after ‘green space’ because for many decades we have known that we depend on a green earth to survive. It has also been known for many decades that we were systematically destroying the green space around us and if we don’t take steps to protect it, it will not support us in the future. Our Green future is all about saving out green space.

What is a green space?

Green space, or open space, is any kind of open land that is undeveloped and available to the public. Green or open space can include:

  • Green space (land that is partly or completely covered with grass, trees, shrubs, or other vegetation). Green space includes parks, community gardens, and cemeteries.
  • Schoolyards
  • Playgrounds
  • Public seating areas
  • Public plazas
  • Vacant lots

 

Green space provides recreational areas for local residents and helps to enhance the beauty and environmental quality of neighborhoods. But with this broad range of recreational sites comes an equally broad range of environmental issues. Just as in any other land uses, the way parks are managed can have good or bad environmental impacts, from pesticide runoff, siltation from overused hiking and biking trails, and destruction of habitat.

 

Green spaces can also offer significant opportunities for environmental education and nature comprehension. We need to utilize green spaces as valuable resources and important settings for learning. Students can both learn about the theoretical aspects of the environment and get a hands-on experience. Being in nature and physically touching, feeling, and smelling what you are studying can dramatically enhance the learning experience. In addition, interacting with the environment being studied can motivate students to do more to protect the area. Ultimately, understanding what the green space really is and its relationship to the built up area it resides in could prompt a greater appreciation for the environment.

 

Green spaces are a great benefit to our environment. They filter pollutants and dust from the air, they provide shade and lower temperatures in urban areas, and they even reduce erosion of soil into our waterways. These are just a few of the environmental benefits that green spaces provide. We need to get behind our green spaces and help keep them environmentally friendly, clean and free from development. Any green space is worth making. Keep your front garden a haven of green, and develop your back garden into its own biosphere, instead of covering it with concrete and making another parking space. What the world need now is green space – and a lot of it.

 

What green space can you create?

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