Ever feel like the environment is being destroyed and there’s nothing you can to that would make a difference?

I feel like that alot. I’m feeling it more so right now in watching coverage of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and its devastating impacts on the people and wildlife who rely on that ecosystem for their survival.

This is a wake-up call, and we need to take a hard look at our own use of fossil fuels in our lives and in our gardens.

It is so easy to get overwhelmed, to think that protecting the environment is just too hard, and nothing we could do in our own gardens could ever possibly make any difference at all for wildlife or a healthier environment.

What if doing just one thing for the environment or wildlife really did matter?

You may have heard me say before that if every one of us did just one thing in our gardens to help wildlife or protect the environment, that the cumulative benefit would be huge.

Our gardens really do matter. The actions that we take to protect the environment and benefit wildlife really do make a difference.

We don’t have to solve huge problems like saving the rainforest or cleaning up the gulf. We just have to do one thing to help wildlife in our gardens.

What is YOUR one thing?

Now I know that many of you are doing more than just one thing, and have in fact devoted your entire garden to helping wildlife.

But if you were going to help your neighbor get started, what one thing would you suggest they do first?

If you are just starting to help wildlife in your garden, what is the one thing you did first?

I am asking for your help and suggestions because I am going to be starting a weekly feature devoted to “Just one Thing.”

Every week, I’ll write about a simple, easy to implement idea that would help wildlife in our gardens.

We’re not talking about re-designing your entire garden, we’re talking easy. Add this one thing and know that it matters.