Why Conserve Water and Create Resilient Landscapes?
I truly believe that water will be a critical issue for our children’s generation given our increasingly erratic climate. So this site was created to share “how-to” information about catching rain, conserving water, and creating resilient landscapes that support both people and the environment. It also showcases success stories – creative projects, people, and organizations that we can learn from and emulate.
The site was designed to be a resource for homeowners, gardeners, community groups, and non-profit organizations. With time, I hope it can become a broader forum for people to connect and share water conservation ideas.
Adapting to a Changing Climate
Global temperatures are rising and are typically illustrated in charts like this. While the rising trend is concerning, it is hard for most people to relate to it personally.But there are presentations of the data that make the challenge more relatable. I live in the Midwest U.S. and here are some that got my attention. They show how our climate is projected to change by mid-century.
What these pictures show is that by the middle of this century the Midwest can expect hotter temperatures in both winter and summer, more extremely hot days, longer dry periods between rainstorms, plus more intense storms when it does rain.
What might this feel like?
See the illustration – it shows how future summers in Illinois will migrate south – meaning they will feel like more southern states do today.
So in my lifetime, where I live in Kansas City may have summers that feel like southwest Texas does today. I’m not looking forward to that, nor are the plants in my yard (they told me so….) Other parts of the U.S. and world are facing similar changes.
Climate Change in the Midwest: Projections of Future Temperature and Precipitation, Union of Concerned Scientists, www.ucsusa.org/mwclimate
Where to Start?
Under these conditions it is going to become increasingly difficult to access and conserve water, grow food, and maintain healthy landscapes. But we can each take steps to adapt in our own yards and in our communities. Let’s share knowledge and ideas to help each other and future generations.
I invite you to catch rain, conserve water, create resilient landscapes, get inspired by other’s successes, and share ideas at upcoming workshops.
Browse success stories that highlight people and organizations doing great work to conserve water and create resilient landscapes.
Attend an upcoming workshop to learn, share ideas, and help inspire others.