Earth Day 2016 is just a week away on Friday, April 22.
As perhaps the world’s largest community of environmental supporters, Earth Day Network started Earth Day in 1970 and has made great progress in addressing sustainability & climate change. But there is much left to do in protecting our planet for future generations (of people, flora and fauna) and you can help. What can you do?
Hard wood furniture lovers, beware! At this very moment, armies of invasive bugs and diseases are on the prowl, hunting down your favorite maple, oak, cherry, walnut and other backyard trees to turn them into food and bedding for their young. Check out this article by Faith Campbell in the Nature Conservancy blog, “How to Save Countless Trees in 10 Minutes or Less“.
Asian Longhorn Beetle
Faith talks about the dreaded Asian Longhorn Beetle ALB, one of many non-native insects and diseases that have been brought to America accidentally by way of imported plants or in crates and pallets. Vermont’s iconic maples, along with elms, ash, and oaks are a favorite home to these large, shiny, black and white beetles from Asia.
The entire Northern hardwood forest is at risk and if we can’t get people like you to help fight back, 48 million acres in the United States plus the majority of Canada’s hardwood forests could be destroyed. Also at risk are shade trees along city streets and in backyards all across the country. The ALB could kill up to two thirds of urban trees if it becomes established!
3 Things You Can Do to Save Our Hardwoods
There are many ways you can help keep invasive killer bugs and diseases from destroying our hardwoods. Here are some suggestions from VermontInvasives.org
Buy Local Firewood– Tree killing insects and diseases can lurk in firewood. Don’t move invasives to new areas on firewood
By working together can we fight the killer bugs that threaten our forests, our food supplies, our waters and the thousands of jobs dependent on them. You can help stop the spread and protect the natural resources you love.
There are few things as satisfying as furnishing a new home, or choosing new furniture to update a home. The items we choose to make a place feel like a home do so by creating a feeling, and by reflecting our own unique style. Home is sanctuary. And the furniture options we have to choose from are almost limitless. However, furniture production is resource-intensive and can involve chemicals that are bad for your health. Seeking out eco-friendly furniture can be a great way to make a difference without any sacrifice of comfort or style.
Did you know that we are now in the midst of the greatest mass extinction of amphibians since the dinosaurs? Watch PBS’s Nature Series, Frogs: The Thin Green Line. You won’t believe how frogs– after being on this planet for more than 250 million years — are now struggling for survival in nearly every one of their habitats around the world.
As we saw in Jim Andrews’ show on Rattlers, Peepers and Snappers, there is an environmental crisis unfolding in Vermont, but also around the globe. Where there used to be the calls of frogs, scientists now hear only silence, and this silence is spreading throughout North, South and Central America, Australia and beyone.
What can we do to help one of the most wonderous, diverse and beloved, animals on Earth stop slipping away at such a frightful speed? Live green, support amphibian conservation projects and visit the Nature website to learn aboutcitizen science monitoring programs like Frog Watch.
We’re working hard to do our part at Vermont Woods Studios too. Purchase sustainable furniture from our online store and we’ll donate 5% of your purchase to your favorite environmental non-profit.