Bring Nature Indoors

Nothing is better for the soul and spirit than a walk in the woods, a barefoot day at the park, or just sitting by the river. We need nature — but there are times when our busy lifestyles or health issues don’t allow us to enjoy as much time outside as we would like.

Here’s a solution: Bring nature indoors!

Terrariums for life

Plants have been kept indoors since ancient times, but the modern terrarium came into popularity in 19th century London. Nathaniel Ward, a physician with a penchant for botany, discovered he could protect plants from pollution by enclosing them in glass. His “Wardian Case” is used yet today.

Essentially an enclosed environment that creates its own weather, a terrarium in the home adds ambiance unavailable by any other means. Moreover, indoor gardeners who have a tough time growing plants in air-conditioned homes can often find quick, easy success with a terrarium.

Should you buy a terrarium … or just build your own?

Terrariums are not overly expensive, yet many people choose to construct their own. The steps are simple, and the rewards are many. Here is an excellent primer on building a terrarium, courtesy of Purdue University: Build a Terrarium.

Here’s an example of a Wardian Case:

Benefits of a terrarium

Not only will a terrarium add beauty and fascination to any home, but it can help you feel better, think better, and stay more positive. We need nature — and, for those times when you can’t go outside — why not bring nature indoors with you?

Saving the Rainforest … Finally

Update: Google is helping. We can too. Save the Rainforest … who, me?

Those who recall hearing (40 years ago) about the widespread loss of the rainforest canopy to over-zealous logging may remember thinking, “How can this happen? Do we really think the planet can survive without trees?”

It has taken awhile, but someone has finally stood up to the onslaught, drawn a line around his land and taken on the forces that would “make the land bare before her time.”

Chief Almir, from the Surui Tribe in Brazil, traveled to Google headquarters in California and asked for help … and he got it. Google supplied instruction and equipment to allow the Surui to document the incursions of timber thieves on tribal land and focus worldwide attention on the situation.

Google Earth technology tells the story from the air. The land is bare right up to Surui territory where the Chief and his people have taken a stand.

Kudos to Chief Almir and the Surui. Kudos to Google. One final question: How can we help?