Vincent Van Gogh once said “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”
I find that to be most true at this time of year when colour begins to sweep across the country, replacing the grey of winter with the vibrancy of spring.
On Monday we celebrated the first day of spring which got me thinking about people’s relationship with nature and why exactly this is important.
Did you know that nature is actually good for both our health and our happiness?
I took these photos in the last week or so across the Essex and Suffolk countryside. They perfectly depict the beauty of our natural world at this time of year don’t you think?
However modern lifestyles present a very serious threat to nature through habitat loss, pollution and climate change.
If we are to minimise our threat to biodiversity then we must seek to live more sustainably.
10 important things to remember:
- Recycle and reuse to prevent unnecessary waste.
- Plant flowers in your garden to encourage wildlife.
- Don’t buy plastic water bottles – use reusable ones such as those from Yuhme.
- Cycle, walk or use public transportation to help cut pollution.
- Start composting – it provides an excellent habitat for many garden creatures.
- Buy organic produce where possible.
- Use alternatives to plastic bags such as wicker baskets or canvas bags.
- Don’t use pesticides.
- Buy locally grown food to reduce emissions.
- Don’t litter – it is harmful to the environment and to wildlife.
I certainly enjoyed the wonders of our natural world this weekend which I spent on the Suffolk coast, perusing the local stores and walking my dog through the countryside.