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Pantheist Nature Reserves
Save the Earth - starting with your own backyard
Anyone who controls any patch of land or garden, however small,
can declare their intention to manage it as a wildlife habitat.
It is a way in which we can give back to Nature
some of what we have taken from her,
and be better neighbours to the other life forms
with which we share this beautiful planet.
Your initiative to encourage your members to create Backyard Wildlife Habitat sites sounds great. Thanks!
nature developed its rich diversity of species and complex webs of interdependence over
millions of years. In only a few thousand years humans have seriously depleted this wealth
and picked large holes in the webs.
We have appropriated vast areas of natural habitat for our own uses. We have replaced self-evolved habitats with impoverished artificial systems that can only survive with vast inputs of energy and human effort. Original forests give way to vast monocropped fields or manicured lawns dosed with chemicals. Flower meadows disappear under tarmac and cement. Farms and pastures take up almost two fifths of the world's land area. Every year a space three times the size of Belgium is deforested.
Reversing this process can seem a daunting task. What can one person or family do against the global trends? Fortunately, a lot. Changing our human relationship with the environment is one area where you don't need to reverse national or international policy or collect millions to buy up vast tracts of rainforest. You can start in your own home. By making small changes in your own lifestyle you can alter the part you play and set an example to your children, relatives, friends, and neighbors.
By declaring even a small part of your backyard as wildlife habitat, you can help to restore some stolen resources to Nature and add the excitement of wild neighbours and visitors to the view from your window.
In March 2002 the
World Pantheist Movement launched a scheme to encourage members - and non-members - to
dedicate part of their land to wildlife. We issue a beautiful color declaration
certificate for your wall.
The declaration is a public statement of personal intent to manage a patch of land or garden so as to encourage diverse wildlife. It does not involve a change of ownership or control. Technical advice is provided by the National Wildlife Federation. If you wish you may also allow educational or environmental or pantheist groups or individuals to visit your reserve - but that is entirely up to you.Anyone with even a small garden or section of garden - even a patio planter or window box - can make a dedication, and can give back a little of what humans have stolen from nature.
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