Help save life on Earth by planting trees & more; see POLLINATOR

white oak (Quercus alba) L. with acorns
Photo courtesy Paul Wray, Iowa State University,

There are things you can do to help save life on Earth, and the newest edition of POLLINATOR is focused on the many ways we can help.

POLLINATOR magazine is produced by the Pollinator Conservation Association, a non-profit based in Western New York.

One thing we keep hearing about is planting trees, said Lynda Schneekloth in the article “Nature Based Climate Solutions” in the Winter 2020 edition. Schneekloth is professor emeritus at the University at Buffalo and longtime climate, social and environmental activist.

Trees draw down carbon from the atmosphere, which can help with climate change. However, planting trees shouldn’t be something we do instead of stopping our use of fossil fuels, Schneekloth said. Planting trees should be an addition to that and other climate actions.

There are also the right trees for the right places, she said.

We may think of a tree as a stand-alone being, but it is a part of a community that includes many other creatures, from micro-organisms in the soil to pollinators to birds that feed on and disperse the tree’s seeds. It’s critical that trees we choose to plant are ones that can contribute to the region’s food chain.

When you think of native plants, think of trees, too.

Read the entire issue here.

  • Editorial: “Our Vanishing Biodiversity” by Jay Burney
  • Interview Tierra Curry, Center for Biological Diversity Senior Scientist “Saving Life On Earth and the United Nations Plan to Conserve 50% of Earth by 2050”
  • Article by Tara Cornelisse, Center For Biodiversity Senior Scientist“A Roadmap to Insect Conservation and Recovery”
  • Article: Steve Olson/Olson Design“Restoring Friendly Relations”
  • Article: Lynda Schneekloth  “Nature Based Climate Solutions”
  • Article PCA Staff “Best Practices Overview”
  • Article Michelle Van Strom “A Checklist of Best Practices for Pollinators”
  • Article: Jay Burney “Resiliency Zones in the Niagara Region”

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