Housing Communities with Native Nature Preservation
By homz | February 23, 2023
The current scenario of climate change and environmental degradation is concerning. The Earth’s average temperature has risen by about 1.1 degrees Celsius since the Industrial Revolution.
As a result, the consequences of warming are already being felt around the world with:
- Rising sea levels
- Extreme weather events
- Loss of biodiversity
- Health problems
- Agricultural impacts
- Economic impacts
These impacts are expected to worsen if greenhouse gas emissions are not significantly reduced.
Environmental degradation is also a severe issue. The environment is negatively impacted by pollution and over usage of natural resources. According to Climate Central, since 1970, the United States has warmed by 2.6 °F (1.4 °C). In addition, 244 out of 246 studied U.S. cities warmed, warming all 49 of the analyzed states by at least 1.8 °F (1.0 °C).
As a result, environmental degradation and climate change have emerged as two of the most significant challenges of our time. Future generations will eventually feel the severe effects. Can this be changed back? Yes, we believe so.
HOMZ is creating Miyawaki Forests in each community to tackle greenhouse gas emissions, which means about 50 private forests across the United States. Miyawaki Forests are created using natural plant species that absorb the most CO2 from vegetation. Moreover, compared to other species, which might take over 200 years, these forests can develop into mature ecosystems in just 20 years.
The primary purpose of these forests is to let nature permeate our communities while allowing our towns to blend with the environment in a way that “preserves” nature and encourages it to flourish.