The Origin of 365 Ways...
I came across this amazing book by Phillippe Bourseiller when i was in Denmark close to a year ago: "For the past 15 years, Phillippe Bourseiller has photographed nature from every angle: from the eruption of the volcano Pinatubo to the great deserts of ice and sand, he has captured the hidden colours and breathtaking lights of our planet. But our contemporary way of life threatens this fragile beauty. To encourage more restraint, Philippe Bourseiller teams 365 photographs with a daily ecological action. Each of the initiatives is accompanied by facts and statistics that illustrate the threats to the environment posed by our behavious, and demonstrate the beneficial consequences of the recommended actions. Each day reveals the image of a wonder of nature along with the guidelines to preserve our planet. Through the pages of 365 Ways to Save the Earth, a truly ethical way of life takes shape." Starting from today, i would like to post each inspiring page according to the days on the yearly calendar (supposed to start from jan, but...i'll catch up!). Hopefully, you'll look at everyday a little differently after this...
- Water - Trace leaks
- Biodiversity - Be unobtrusive while out in the cou...
- Agriculture - Choose a well-bred chicken
- Biodiversity - Refuse to buy any objects made from...
- Water - Do not waste water when travelling to plac...
- Gardening - Prevent Soil erosion
- Transport - Cycle or walk for short trips
- Agriculture - Buy organic food for your baby
- Waste - When you eat out, eat in
- Lifestyle - Lobby your MP about the environment - ...
- Chemicals - Wash your windows with vinegar
- Biodiversity - Leave protected plants and animals ...
- Agriculture - Buy traditional varieties of fruit a...
- Transport - Try an electric bike
- Chemicals - Use biodegradable cleaning products
- Lifestyle - Act now to preserve the environment. M...
- The origin of 365 Ways...
- Agriculture - Buy more Fair Trade products
- ▼ April (18)
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Gardening - Prevent Soil erosion
Soil erosion is caused by wind and rain and is aggravated by human activity. The texture of the soil, the gradient of the ground and the plants growing in it all play a part. When soil becomes impacted through heavy rainfall, water is not able to penetrate the surface and so runs off, eroding the edges of river banks and ponds as it does so. Bare spots on a lawn and exposed shrub and tree roots are signs of soil erosion in a garden. Signs of erosion in the country side are muddy water in streams or drainage ditches, the build-up of silt and the widening and deepening of streams and rivers.
Help prevent soil erosion: use mulch on flower beds, install guttering and downpipes that discharge rain water onto areas where it won't cause damage, and protect the soil where it enters the ground by using splash blocks or drainage tiles.