Cascade Effects and Turf
Environmental issues are inherently complex and require a holistic approach when attempting to solve them. As with many other global problems, we tend to be attracted to a “cure all” type solution. When trying to incorporate this type of top down technique to managing the environment it simply does not work the majority of the time. A cascade effect, most simply is when one event triggers another that in turn branches out to impact another. Applying this term to the environment we start to discover the intricate connections within and between ecosystems. The most common example of cascade effects is of course global warming. The glaciers of the world are our best indicators of how serious the problem truly is. As the climate is warmed less precipitation falls as snow and more as rain, this alone increases ice melting. It is the combined effect of less snow accumulation and more melting that makes glaciers a dramatic indicator of climate change. Over the last 100 years the planet has lost over 45% of the glacier area. This is very concerning because 68% of all fresh water on Earth is locked up in glaciers and ice. Therefore, the loss of glaciers equals the loss of fresh water into lakes and streams that we rely on. Climate change brings with it hydrological variability, that is, extreme highs and lows. Humans are clearly not the only ones that rely on glaciers. Losing snow pack in some cases leads to a decline in fish population and more habitat loss that affects the food web.We must learn to accept the complexity of environmental issues and the role our own choices and actions have.
The network shown here demonstrates how a food chain is affected and the transformation that can take place from climate change and human activities. Each species plays an important role in the systems that keep Earth habitable from humans. It is ignorant to simply think that a few degrees of warming will only require minor adjustments. As this ecosystem situation exemplifies, the implications of warmer water are vast and complex.
To zoom back in from this global perspective, how does turf fit in with glaciers and climate change? Global warming processes are rooted in the polluting habits of people. Like we mentioned earlier there is not a quick fix solution to solve these international problems. In order to be successful environmental stewards, we must accept and embrace complexity. Viewing every type of environment from cities to the arctic as a whole is very important. Change most certainly must come from large entities that have the most substantial footprint on nature. However, it also has to come from individual blog readers like yourself!
Landscaping is a part of the solution and something that you can change! Synthetic turf can be a piece of the conservation puzzle that helps you conserve water and money. Installing turf can save you hundreds of gallons of water! To further enhance your eco friendly new landscape incorporate some trees and edible plants! Let the experts at Turfinet help you install turf and other elements into your yard today!