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How You Can Improve the Quality of Your Local Environment and Boost Biodiversity.
Everything starts small-scale, so they say. Often some of the most transformative changes to our lives and to our world can start with one spark of imagination, one activity, one attitude change that can eventually be scaled up to match the magnitude of the world them. Last year, 2020, for all its immense challenges and difficulties, forced humanity, perhaps for the first time in a long while, to think small and local, and appreciate more deeply the small deeds and acts of kindness in our everyday lives. And it is this same framework and outlook that can inspire significant and positive environmental changes too. Many people turned to their local producers to support them in their time of need. With the enforced ‘stay at home’ message, many others began to take a greater interest in protecting their local environment while enjoying its natural spaces. Ultimately, 2020 was key for many people in beginning to appreciate the vital importance of their local environment. And there are numerous things you can do to enhance your local environment, boost biodiversity and at the same time improve your mental health and wellbeing: Join local groups inspiring positive environmental change. There are so many groups out there doing absolutely superb work to improve their local environments. Litter picking groups have boomed in popularity since the pandemic and members of the Sheffield Litter Pickers have been doing admirable work to clean up spots across the city. Join these groups, clean up your local environment, make new friends and you will feel the extraordinary mental health benefits. Create new habitats to combat concrete jungles. We can do several things to support nature in and around our homes. Plant flowers and flora (plants) and keep them on your windowsill. Not only do these help absorb greenhouse gas emissions, they also increase oxygen levels, helping you feel happier and calmer. If you are fortunate to have a garden or outdoor space, plant trees as carbon sinks, leave out seeds and water for birds, and allow nature to run wild. Any environmental oasis you create, however small, will support your local wildlife, provide them a welcome respite from our built-up cities, and increase biodiversity. Consume locally and grow your own produce. There are some fantastic local producers in our cities that offer delicious fruit and vegetables. Their environmental conscience is almost always greater too. Many producers offer their produce in paper bags and not engulfed in plastic like in most supermarkets. Their produce is also primarily grown and produced locally, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on climate change. You will also be supporting your local community and economy too. Furthermore, if you are fortunate enough to have a garden or greenhouse, grow your own fruit and veg, and enhance your meals with home-grown produce all-year round! Be conscious about your water, chemical and soil use. Many people use a huge volume of water when watering their plants in the garden. Be mindful of how much water you use, and collect rainfall and use greywater where possible to irrigate your outdoor havens. Do not use herbicides or pesticides in your gardens as these can be devastating for butterflies, insects and pollinators. When searching for the soil and compost to plant your flora in, be careful not to use peat-based composts too. Peat bogs are vital for carbon sequestration and absorb huge amounts of rainfall which reduce local flooding risk. Always be looking for more environmentally-friendly alternatives. So there you go. A number of ways you can enhance the quality of your local environment and boost biodiversity, while at the same time looking after your own mental health. Appreciate the nature around you and the small steps which can go to benefitting it. No change is ever too small. Give them a go and see how you can improve your local environment for the better!
Nelson Walker
August 9th • 3 min read

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Nelson Walker
July 5th • 3 min read
How You Can Improve the Quality of Your Local Environment and Boost Biodiversity.
Everything starts small-scale, so they say. Often some of the most transformative changes to our lives and to our world can start with one spark of imagination, one activity, one attitude change that can eventually be scaled up to match the magnitude of the world them. Last year, 2020, for all its immense challenges and difficulties, forced humanity, perhaps for the first time in a long while, to think small and local, and appreciate more deeply the small deeds and acts of kindness in our everyday lives. And it is this same framework and outlook that can inspire significant and positive environmental changes too. Many people turned to their local producers to support them in their time of need. With the enforced ‘stay at home’ message, many others began to take a greater interest in protecting their local environment while enjoying its natural spaces. Ultimately, 2020 was key for many people in beginning to appreciate the vital importance of their local environment. And there are numerous things you can do to enhance your local environment, boost biodiversity and at the same time improve your mental health and wellbeing: Join local groups inspiring positive environmental change. There are so many groups out there doing absolutely superb work to improve their local environments. Litter picking groups have boomed in popularity since the pandemic and members of the Sheffield Litter Pickers have been doing admirable work to clean up spots across the city. Join these groups, clean up your local environment, make new friends and you will feel the extraordinary mental health benefits. Create new habitats to combat concrete jungles. We can do several things to support nature in and around our homes. Plant flowers and flora (plants) and keep them on your windowsill. Not only do these help absorb greenhouse gas emissions, they also increase oxygen levels, helping you feel happier and calmer. If you are fortunate to have a garden or outdoor space, plant trees as carbon sinks, leave out seeds and water for birds, and allow nature to run wild. Any environmental oasis you create, however small, will support your local wildlife, provide them a welcome respite from our built-up cities, and increase biodiversity. Consume locally and grow your own produce. There are some fantastic local producers in our cities that offer delicious fruit and vegetables. Their environmental conscience is almost always greater too. Many producers offer their produce in paper bags and not engulfed in plastic like in most supermarkets. Their produce is also primarily grown and produced locally, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on climate change. You will also be supporting your local community and economy too. Furthermore, if you are fortunate enough to have a garden or greenhouse, grow your own fruit and veg, and enhance your meals with home-grown produce all-year round! Be conscious about your water, chemical and soil use. Many people use a huge volume of water when watering their plants in the garden. Be mindful of how much water you use, and collect rainfall and use greywater where possible to irrigate your outdoor havens. Do not use herbicides or pesticides in your gardens as these can be devastating for butterflies, insects and pollinators. When searching for the soil and compost to plant your flora in, be careful not to use peat-based composts too. Peat bogs are vital for carbon sequestration and absorb huge amounts of rainfall which reduce local flooding risk. Always be looking for more environmentally-friendly alternatives. So there you go. A number of ways you can enhance the quality of your local environment and boost biodiversity, while at the same time looking after your own mental health. Appreciate the nature around you and the small steps which can go to benefitting it. No change is ever too small. Give them a go and see how you can improve your local environment for the better!
Check out our summer blog

Enactus 2021 Summer Blog