What is the climate crisis? It is a term that describes human-induced global warming and climate change and their consequences on the planet. The term has been used to describe the threat of global warming to the planet, and the need for aggressive mitigation of climate change.
For example, an article published in January 2020 signed by more than eleven thousand scientists from 153 nations states that the climate crisis has arrived and that immense growth in efforts to preserve our biosphere is necessary to avoid untold suffering due to the climate crisis.
The term is applied by those who believe it evokes the severity of the threats the planet will face due to continuing greenhouse gas emissions and can help to give birth to the kind of political willpower that has long been absent in advocating for environment.
One of the markers to monitor the climate crisis, in addition to the rapid melting of glaciers and the loss of natural habitats, are the botanical gardens. The growing and vital role of botanical gardens in climate change research study, published on the The New phytologist, discusses this interesting topic.
The role of botanical gardens in the climate crisis
"Botanical gardens make unique contributions to climate change research, conservation, and public engagement. They host unique resources, including diverse collections of plant species growing in natural conditions, historical records, and expert staff, and attract large numbers of visitors and volunteers.
Networks of botanical gardens spanning biomes and continents can expand the value of these resources. Over the past decade, research at botanical gardens has advanced our understanding of climate change impacts on plant phenology, physiology, anatomy, and conservation.
For example, researchers have utilized botanical garden networks to assess anatomical and functional traits associated with phenological responses to climate change. New methods have enhanced the pace and impact of this research, including phylogenetic and comparative methods, and online databases of herbarium specimens and photographs that allow studies to expand geographically, temporally , and taxonomically in scope.
Botanical gardens have grown their community and citizen science programs, informing the public about climate change and monitoring plants more intensively than is possible with garden staff alone. Despite these advances, botanical gardens are still underutilized in climate change research.
To address this, we review recent progress and describe promising future directions for research and public engagement at botanical gardens. "