Save The Planet & Eat Your Lawn

Linked only because we like the animation . . . This morning we noticed a not-so-new idea and local hot take which suggests that middle-class landscaping is destroying the planet.

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“The idea behind this edible landscape is that these perennial native plants come back every year and that every year the system gets more robust, resilient and bountiful, so that you’re putting in less work and getting more out of it,” Matt Lebon, a foodscaper in St. Louis, said.

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'Edible landscaping' in Missouri is helping create resilience in the face of climate change

Foodscaper Matt Lebon runs an edible landscaping business where he introduces the community to the many benefits of growing native plants in your backyard. In the face of climate change, he believes that understanding biodiversity is the key to resilience.

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Lawns Are Dumb. But Ripping Them Out May Come With a Catch

But overall, says University of California Berkeley innovation designer Ian McRae, who studies climate resilience in the built environment, lawns are an inefficient way to cool a green space, compared to building out a diverse grouping of native plants that are more aesthetically pleasing, water-efficient, and conducive to biodiversity.

For Mormons, a perfect lawn is a godly act. But the drought is catching up with them

n June 2021, Marlene and Emron Esplin stopped watering their front lawn. Given that the Esplins live in Utah, where maintaining lush green turf is often associated with the fulfillment of a biblical prophecy, the decision to let their grass go brown was a radical act.

Lawns are water hogs, but think before you rip yours out

This story was originally published by Wired and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Lawns are "overvalued and overutilized relative to...spaces that can perform far more effectively from a cooling and water use standpoint." Lawns began as a flex by the uber-wealthy in 17th-century England .

You decide . . .