Foss’s neighborhood is Briargrove Park. Like most of the subdivisions along Buffalo Bayou, it was developed in the decades after the federal government built two earthen dams west of Houston on what was then, in the late 1940s, mostly prairie—ranch and farmland. But the land next to the ancient meandering river, in the natural floodplain, was graced with forests of tall oaks and other trees—ideal for upscale residential development. With the construction of the dams, the floodplains were now considered safe. During heavy rains, the reservoirs behind the dams, would hold back the waters of Buffalo Bayou, Houston’s main river, its Mother Bayou, and several creeks flowing into it, until the rain runoff collected in the bayou below the dams could empty into Galveston Bay.
Encourage your kids and friends to adopt going green measures. Inculcating habits of a greener and cleaner environment in the coming generation is probably the best gift we can return to the nature. Promote environment friendly campaigns and join save-the-earth groups. Teach your kids the importance of resources and the need of saving the environment. Don’t keep waiting for the moment when you’ll start working for the Earth, start today before it is too late!
In the past we didnât designed gardens that play a critical ecological role in the landscape, but we must do so in the future if we hope to avoid a mass extinction from which humans are not likely to recover either. As quickly as possible we need to replace unnecessary lawn with densely planted woodlots that can serve as habitat for our local biodiversity. Homeowners can do this by planting the borders of their properties with native trees plants such as white oaks (Quercus alba), black willows (Salix nigra), red maples (Acer rubrum), green ashes (Fraxinus pennsylvanica), black walnuts (Juglans nigra), river birches (Betula nigra) and shagbark hickories (Carya ovata), under-planted with woodies like serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis), arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum), hazelnut (Corylus americnus), blueberries (Vaccinium spp) . Our studies have shown that even modest increases in the native plant cover on suburban properties significantly increases the number and species of breeding birds, including birds of conservation concern. As gardeners and stewards of our land, we have never been so empowered to help save biodiversity from extinction, and the need to do so has never been so great. All we need to do is plant native plants!
Everyone on planet earth needs food to survive from day to day, so engineers have begun mutating plants and crops to create a better source of nutrition to the population.
KHOU reporter Adam Bennett’s report on the flood control proposal to remove trees on the forested public banks of Buffalo Bayou in Terry Hershey Park. The controversial plan, long in the works, is to create a series of basins to temporarily hold water overflowing from the bayou. Save Buffalo Bayou thinks the time to stop stormwater is before it gets into our streams. Forest provides valuable detention. Removing it makes no sense.
In an article called “The Pro and Cons of Nuclear Power”, Jeremy Smith states that Uranium, which is used to make nuclear energy, can produce 20,000 times as much energy than fossil fuels (2011).
Turn off switches when not in need. An appliance consumes electricity even when it is in standby mode, make sure you disconnect your device and completely turn it off before going for sleep. Unplug all unused chargers and machines. Take advantage of the sun and line dry your clothes instead of using a machine dryer. Instead of using light bulbs in daylight, open curtains and make the most of natural sunlight. Before buying any electrical equipment, look for the energy start rating. More the stars, lesser is the energy consumption.
One can save more than 17 trees by saving a ton of paper. Moreover, it’s simple and feasible. Switch to e-payments for paying your bills, taxes or return statements. Taking advantage of paperless programs at your bank or utility company means you’ll save money on stamps, eliminate paper waste and always have easy access to your account information and payment history. Form a book lovers group and start sharing magazines and novels amongst your friends. Utilize both sides of paper, form a rough notebook using blank pages at the end of used notebooks. Use a cloth to wipe kitchen sink, instead of using paper. Begin reading e-newspapers and encourage your friends to do the same.
Save your cooking gas fuel by covering dishes while cooking. Cut your travel costs by preferring public transport over your car. When travelling to work, try to car pool with your friends. You’ll be amazed at the amount of money you’ll be saving while doing your bit towards the environment. Riding a bicycle or going on foot is always a good idea for small distance; it cuts on pollution and helps you earn a body type to envy for. Don’t trash your future; save fuel, save Earth.
“It makes me mad,” said one displaced and distracted homeowner active with Save Our Forest. “They’re taking advantage of the flood to ram things through.”
It is said that ‘no bird fouls its own nest’, but that is not true in case of man who has always contested against nature and won dishonestly. Slaughtered forests, exhausting resources, global warming, and burning rivers — all these brutal scars on the face of Mother Nature are prophecy of a probable doom. Alas, we are knowingly heading towards a Malthusian catastrophe. There is a knowing why, but there is a need to know what now! Man must understand that we have not inherited the earth from our ancestors but borrowed it from our children. Some simple changes in your lifestyle can help in turning the wheel and make the world go greener. Do your bit to save the Earth and save a pretty penny for your pocket as well. Incorporate these 10 easy yet effective measures and GO GREEN:
If we do not save the plant life thriving there, they will be lost forever to the mankind.
There were over 6 million indigenous people living in the Brazilian Amazon in 1500 AD.