Change 81

Help the planet one flowerpot at a time

Go in to bat for butterflies.

Without pollinators, we wouldn’t have avocados, sugar, coffee or 180,000 other plant species and crops that we love to eat. In fact, one out of every three bites of food you eat is there because of pollinators.

And it’s not just bees that pollinate our gardens. Moths and butterflies are the Scottie Pippens’ of the pollination game. They’ve got all the pollination skills of bees, but get none of the sponsorship perks.

So the best way we can fight pollination extinction is with flowers. Even a pot or two of flowers on your balcony will attract bees, moths and butterflies to spread pollen, and keep breeding, making sure that our pollinator numbers stay where they need to. Yep, now even eco-warriors can work from home. Plus, flowers? Pretty.

You can fight butterfly and moth declines with just one square metre of outdoor space. Creating bright, colourful and diverse gardens provide pollinators with food to eat and habitats to make babies in. Even an unkempt patch of dandelion weeds is better than no garden at all – pollinators won’t judge your untidy garden. In fact, the wilder, the better.

Here are some other ways you can help care for our pollinators:

  • Sun’s out, gardening-gloves out. Grow lots of nectar-rich flowers between August and March.
  • Diversify your plant choices. Choose different plants and plant them in groups to attract a wider variety of pollinators to your garden.
  • Say no to the mower. Let an area of grass grow long, so pollinator-attracting dandelions can flower.

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