June 6 marked the very first World Green Roof Day. For a world just emerging from the isolation of lockdown into social distancing, the presence and importance of nature in our lives has become acutely evident.
Stuck at home, our only contact has been our direct family, our pets and nature. The number of people out walking or running in nature and the plant nurseries bursting with customers are testimony to that.
This is a positive outcome of this awful situation. Living in crowded and polluted concrete cities, and distanced from the farmers who cultivate our food, we had lost touch with nature and the fact that we are an integral part of it. We can’t survive without clean air, soils that can grow our food, insects that pollinate our food, clean water and that contact with wildlife.