A Lack of Awareness of Plant Diversity
There are few people who have the slightest idea or are aware of the extent of damage to our environment we have caused and how isolated we are from our natural environment.
We no longer put value on nature – the source of all life and root of material and technological success. Today, texting, high tech gadgets, fast food, social media, computer enhanced entertainment, and expressway commutes are what we consume our lives with.
Nine out of ten people don’t even realize the plants, trees, and shrubs around our houses and communities more often than not come from some distant country via the Big Box home-improvement superstores.
Why Restore Native Plant Landscapes?
Why does it matter?… With a little more awareness and effort, our neighborhoods could reflect the plant diversity that once existed before the thousands and thousands of houses were built. Or will it take something more?
The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2013 Report predicts:
“that a water supply crisis is more likely to happen than systematic financial failure. It is also more likely to happen and have greater impact than terrorism, failure of diplomatic conflict resolution and cyber attacks. Of course, a water supply crisis, is linked to food shortages, energy shortages, extreme weather and a whole web of other risks from severe income disparity to major systemic financial failure. ”
Human development can be expected to impact the natural environment but it doesn’t have to destroy the biological history of our native plants and animals.
California Native Plants
There are stil approximately 2200 species and subspecies of flowering Southern California native plants.