Letter to the editor: Changing landscaping to reduce carbon

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While it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by terrible news about climate change, some parts of the climate solution can be found very close to home – in our own backyards! What we do in our community yards, gardens and green spaces can really make a positive difference.

As we move towards more resilient landscapes, the rewards are multiple interrelated benefits: healthy ecosystems support pollinators and other beneficial insects and wildlife, capture more carbon to store in the soil, and better absorb and filter water. storms. And taking action strengthens her sense of hope and empowerment, while increasing your enjoyment of the beauty of nature where you live.

Low-carbon landscaping is a key part of the City of Cumberland’s Climate Action Plan for a “More Sustainable Cumberland”, recommended by the city’s Lands and Conservation Commission, potentially reducing annual C02 emissions of the city of more than 8,500 metric tons. This is equivalent to removing nearly 2,000 cars from the road. The typical Cumberland resident could reduce their carbon footprint by almost 20% through landscaping choices.

If you’re wondering where to start, let the phrase “less lawn, more native plants, shrubs and trees” guide you around your own backyard and front!

Take a few steps to low-carbon landscaping in your garden and find out how empowering it can be!

Susan Curtis
The Cumberland Foreshore

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