Planetary Boundaries

In ‘Big World, Small Planet’, Johan Rockstrom and Mattias Klum have encapsulated the shift from the comfortable Holocene age to the volatile Anthropocene age in a wonderful handbook for all those concerned about the future of humanity.  I urge all to read it.

One fact the grabbed my attention is the statement that “two thirds of the cities needed by 2030, have not yet been built”.

Going from a population of 7 billion to 9 billion is mind-boggling, so we have to be realistic. “Inspiring a mind-shift to sustainability could take a generation, and we should have started long ago. If we wait 30 more years, it will be too late. So we advocate a two-track approach: 1) tackle the most urgent problems right now, such as climate change, nitrogen and phosphorous overload and loss of biodiversity, but also 2) do everything we can to reconnect with nature over the long term. Earth deserves nothing less. Our world depends on nothing less.”

I think that says it all. Everyone has to do something to help the planet.

Hanging Gardens is committed to doing something.

Our living walls contribute to the resilience of urban areas by improving air quality, reducing toxins in the environment, improving water runoff, reducing urban temperatures as well as providing new homes for our unique biodiversity.

Many of our native plants have evolved over millions of years to grow in tiny pockets of soil. By working with nature and providing vertical habitats we can allow our plants to grow in otherwise inhospitable areas.

Our living wall system is the only vertical garden product that meets the Living Building criteria and was used on the Sustainable Coastlines Flagship project. This project has won international awards for sustainability.

If you cannot plant a few trees and would like to increase your connection to nature, perhaps we can help you green up the environment?